Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) has bought RespondWell, a maker of medical technology used for post-surgery recovery at home, as stricter regulations have forced health care providers to focus on improving patient care. Terms of the deal were undisclosed amount.
RespondWell develops telerehabilitation technology for patients undergoing physical therapy. Doctors use so-called "tele-rehabilitation" to communicate with patients online and provide onscreen tools. The target now offers a specific care plan through the Therapy@Home technology, serving as a virtual therapist in a convenient location. The video gaming style exercise system includes on-screen digital coaches to encourage and motivate patient participation. RespondWell co-founder Ted Spooner says "tele-rehabilitation" is the future of post-surgical care.