There’s an App for That: How Technology Is Reshaping Pre- and Postoperative Outpatient Surgery

Session Description

We have seen exponential growth in technology solutions for patient engagement over the last few years, but what works? What’s all hype? Many surgeons are unaware of how technology can be leveraged to better educate their patients preoperatively leading to improved compliance with preoperative medication management, bowel prep, or diet restrictions. Or, how real-time feedback is being used to create clinical alerts to reduce readmissions, decrease postop phone calls, and even eliminate the need for postoperative appointments. In this world of rapidly changing technology this session will help providers understand: 1. how to leverage outpatient remote monitoring to improve postoperative care, 2. how one- and two-way communication solutions can decrease workload, and 3. how mobile technologies can improve patient outcomes like readmission rates.

Moderator: Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS, Chicago, IL

Co-Moderator: Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS, Charlotte, NC


Welcome and Introduction
Terry Sarantou, MD, FACS, Charlotte, NC

Patient Education: Low-Tech, Easy Access Patient Education
Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS, Tucson, AZ

Guiding Patients, Tracking Data, and Retrieving Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) with BeeWell
Alden M. Parsons, MD, FACS, Raleigh, NC

Development and Use of Digital Applications for Postoperative Wound Monitoring
Rebecca L. Gunter, MD, Madison, WI

Telemedicine with Discharge at Home Monitoring Enhances Patient Care
Richard J. Shemin, MD, FACS, Los Angeles, CA

Leveraging Mobile Apps for Quality Improvement: The ACS GetWellLoop Pilot Project
Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS, Chicago, IL

How Do I Find Trusted Apps to Use in my Surgical Practice? The ACS HIT Toolkit
Heather L. Evans, MD, MS, FACS, Charleston, SC

Sponsored by the Health Information Technology Committee and the Patient Education Committee

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents

Learning Objectives

  • Apply new knowledge and ideas to improve their surgical practice
  • Adapt concepts and quality measures in support of research advancements
  • Enhance the quality of patient care


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Disclosure Information

In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Alden M. Parsons, MD, FACS - Edwards LifeSciences: Compensation: Consultant; Ownership equity in BeeWell, LLC: LLC membership: President and Co-Founder
Heather Leigh Evans MD FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS - Intuitive Surgical: Honoraria: Consultant; National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Research grant: Principal Investigator; Pacira Pharmaceuticals: Research grant: Principal Investigator
Leigh A. Neumayer MD, MS, FACS - Nothing to Disclose
Rebecca L. Gunter MD - Nothing to Disclose
Richard J. Shemin, MD, FACS - EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES: Honorarium: Scientific Board Member
Terry Sarantou MD, FACS - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 1.5 credits meets the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Note: Residents will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Certificate of Completion
  • 1.50 Self Assessment Credit
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