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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in digital health and the changing dynamic between doctors and patients.

Topics on the show include

  • the emergence of precision medicine and breakthroughs in genomics
  • advances in biopharmaceuticals
  • age-related diseases and aging in place
  • using big data from wearables and sensors
  • transparency in the medical marketplace
  • challenges for connected health entrepreneurs

The audience includes researchers, medical professionals, patient advocates, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, solution providers, students, journalists, and investors.

Aug 23, 2022

Jim Pursley is the President of Hinge Health, the leading digital health musculoskeletal (MSK) clinic that aims to reduce joint and surgical pain by deploying wearable sensors and computer-vision technology and clinical care teams. Hinge is addressing chronic and acute MSK pain with a mission to reduce the use of opioids and bring lasting relief to patients.

Jim explains, "We have the goal of alleviating pain for millions of people, not just here in the United States but around the globe. Musculoskeletal challenges, whether they be acute or chronic, account for a significant amount of the cost in today's healthcare system and also have a significant detrimental effect on the quality of life."

"As a result, what they do is they turn to other things like opioids, and surgery, which again has both a detrimental impact on their quality of life and also is a big cost driver in the country today. And so our job is to reduce the friction in this system. Whether it's the access challenge, whether it's the cost challenge or the educational challenge, our goal is to reduce that friction and make it as easy as possible to get the care you need and the outcomes you're looking for."

"So one of our missions is to really have an alternative to both opioid use and eventually elective surgery. Recognizing that sometimes surgery isn't the appropriate intervention, there's a lot of unnecessary surgery today. So we've developed Hinge with the idea that if we can deliver, again, that virtual physical therapy delivered by a physical therapist supported by a health coach and a comprehensive care team that includes orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, and registered dieticians."

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