Online Surgical Collaboration Portal
In late 2016, our team became aware that there was a need for surgeons to have better insight into postoperative care of their patients, which was largely taking place in private physiotherapy clinics. We built on a partnership we already had with an orthopaedic surgeon in Nova Scotia and designed and developed an online portal which would consolidate patient data for him. Patients have been successfully entered into the portal during the preoperative stage. Patients can fill out necessary intake forms, surveys and self-reported outcome measures. The surgeon can make referrals to physiotherapy or occupational therapy. Therapists can enter their chart notes into the system so that the surgeon can see progress. By bringing together all parties involved in a patient’s care journey, the surgeon is better able to coordinate care and ensure progress after surgery.