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At Click Medical, we are always inspired to see how different practices help their patients through different approaches. This week, we are excited to highlight Agile Orthopedics in Denver, Colorado.
Agile is unique, in the sense that they offer a mobile approach. They will travel to your location and they offer a full range of prosthetic and orthotic services, from complex cases involving multiple limb loss or artificial leg to more straightforward orthotic management.
Eric Neufeld, the Chief Prosthetist at Agile gives us some insight to their practice.
Why are adjustability and mobility a perfect combination for both your practice and your patients?
“Our entire practice is built around serving patients on their own terms. No person should have to struggle physically or financially to receive consistent, high-quality care. What better way to do that than mobilizing our fleet to treat patients directly in their homes? Each mobile clinic leverages cutting-edge technology such as 3D scanning and iPad-based patient management systems to support on-site care. Not only is there a lower risk of falls and subsequent injuries when mobility-challenged patients aren’t required to navigate transportation to traditional appointments, but data also support cost savings to the overall healthcare system when care is provided in place. Providing adjustability to accommodate the changes our patients go through over time and throughout the day is a great way we can truly focus on the needs of our patients.”
How does RevoFit® enable your mobile practice?
“RevoFit allows real-time adjustments which would otherwise take a lot of time and materials making adjustments in our mobile clinics. RevoFit empowers patients themselves to engage with their prostheses and “tune” in their fit and not require old-fashioned padding, wedges, and other kinds of adjustments.”
What are some successes Agile has had delivering adjustable RevoFit® devices?
“Seeing new patients with bulbous residual limbs used to require extensive socket design and fabrication, or delaying fit until the swelling completely reduced. By utilizing a protocol of full posterior drop-down panels with RevoFit technology, we are able to fit patients sooner, which has been shown to improve overall health outcomes. The design has become part of our post-op initial prosthesis protocol and has led to amazing outcomes.”
How is Agile advancing in the industry?
“Leading the charge in offering full-service mobile O&P care, Agile provides care that is truly patient-centric. Since we launched in 2017, we’re now seeing Agile’s mobile approach take off across the U.S. Being exclusively mobile has forced us to improvise, be innovative and creative, but also engage with patients on a very personal level. Providing this level of care has elevated the role of Prosthetists and Orthotists in the lives of the patients that require our services.”
What inspired you to get into the O&P field?
“The ability to have fun making things while serving a greater purpose drew me into the O&P field. Once I realized that 50% of O&P appointments resulted in a no-show due to barriers in healthcare access, or physical limitations in transportation and consistent care, Agile was born to reverse this trend and meet O&P patients where it’s most convenient for them.”
What is your involvement with ROMP (Range of Motion Project)?
“I co-founded ROMP in 2005 and have been on the Board of Directors ever since. I’ve been on 27 clinical trips to Guatemala experiencing the magic which is providing care to those who need it most. You get what you give. ROMP continues to provide opportunities and mobility to thousands of patients and volunteers every year.”
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