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Zimmer launches arthritis patient education app for the iPad

Zimmer : 13 February, 2012  (New Product)
Zimmer launches a new patient education application designed for Apple's iPad tablet.
The application, Arthritis 411, will help patients learn more about arthritis pain and explore treatment options, including knee and hip replacement procedures.

Arthritis 411 is free and available now in the Apple iTunes store.

According to the World Health Organization, arthritis is a leading cause of disability, affecting an estimated 150 million people globally and more than 27 million Americans.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are more than 600,000 knee replacement procedures and 285,000 hip replacement procedures performed each year in the United States alone.  

"Because arthritis is a medical condition for which there is presently no cure, patients spend years or even decades searching for information about treatments to manage their pain," said Charlie Young, Vice President of Zimmer Corporate Marketing.  "Arthritis 411 from Zimmer is the first comprehensive, personalized and interactive solution for patients - and their medical professionals - to access constantly updated information to help navigate their treatment options."

The Arthritis 411 application from Zimmer addresses two critical unmet needs:

For Patients, Arthritis 411 serves as an interactive, customizable way for patients to explore a variety of videos, images and information about joint pain and treatment options.

For Medical Professionals, Arthritis 411 provides an unprecedented point of care tool to help primary care physicians explain the causes of joint pain and treatment options; and for surgeons to leverage simple animations and other interactive tools to help patients understand their diagnosis, x-ray images, and surgery and rehabilitation options.


The Arthritis 411 application is a user-friendly and highly-customizable experience.  Patients simply enter the site of their pain (example: knee or hip), their age range, and their gender to view a comprehensive array of personalized multi-media content about:

  • Arthritis and human anatomy

  • Treatment options 

  • Testimonials from other patients who have undergone similar procedures 

  • Preparation and recovery strategies 

  • Other useful information about surgery planning and rehabilitation

The new Zimmer Arthritis 411 application was initially developed for the iPad tablet because the device supports a range of interactive functionality and is widely used in medical practices.  Industry analysts estimate that Apple sold more than 45 million iPad tablets in 2011.  Future versions of the Arthritis 411 application will be developed for smart phones and other mobile platforms.  The Arthritis 411 App is free and available for immediate download via the Apple iTunes Store online.
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