Background The recent private-public partnership to unlock and utilize all available health data has large-scale implications for public health and personalized medicine, especially within orthopedics. Today, consumer based technologies such as smartphones and “wearables” store tremendous amounts of personal health data (known as “mHealth”) that, when processed and contextualized, have the potential to open new windows of insight for the orthopedic surgeon about their patients. Methods In the present report, the landscape, role, and future technical considerations of mHealth and open architecture are defined with particular examples in lower extremity arthroplasty. Results A limitation of the current mHealth landscape is the fragmentation and lack of interconnectivity between the myriad of available apps. The importance behind the currently lacking open mHealth architecture is underscored by the offer of improved research, increased workflow efficiency, and value capture for the orthopedic surgeon. Conclusion There exists an opportunity to leverage existing mobile health data for orthopaedic surgeons, particularly those specializing in lower extremity arthroplasty, by transforming patient small data into insightful big data through the implementation of “open” architecture that affords universal data standards and a global interconnected network.
- mobile health
- open architecture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine