Stefano Bini-Digital Orthopaedics

In this episode I spoke with Professor Stefano Bini. He's an Orthopaedic Surgeon at UCSF and the Chair of the Digital Orthopaedics Conference. That's right: “Digital Orthopaedics”.

I met Professor Bini through Nick Adkins and Mike Ryan (both of whom were previous guests on this program episodes 34 and 36 respectively) and they told me that Prof. Bini was working on some really forward thinking approaches. He is taking things to a new level by focusing on digital tools specifically in the orthopaedics vertical.

We all know orthopaedics is a very resource intensive and expensive area of healthcare, and Prof Bini believes it is a great place to drive innovation in the clinical care system. Need proof? Well, on this episode, he tells us exactly why orthopaedics is a great place to focus our digital efforts, and he goes through some of the work being done by companies to transform the delivery of orthopaedic care.

We dive into virtual reality (VR), telemedicine, 3d printing, artificial intelligence (AI), wearables, apps and more.

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Today's Topics

  • Why focus on digital health in orthopaedics?
  • Prof Bini's ideas on Dr. Topol's book “The Patient Will See You Now”…and how the patient/physician relationship is evolving
  • What opportunities exist in digital solutions for orthopaedics?</li?
  • What are companies doing to transform this important area of healthcare?
  • How can sensors provide passive data for patient reported outcomes?
  • What role do asynchronous tools have in telehealth?
  • How are companies like Under Armour innovating for their users?

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“Spend more time being interested and less time being interesting.”

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
Be persistent, find something you believe in and just do it.

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?
“Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations” by Thomas Friedman

4- What tech (software, app, device, etc) do you use that you wouldn’t want to live without?
The Electronic Medical Record – the thing everyone loves to hate!
Strava – Cycling App

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
Artificial Intelligence. Specifically, CloudMedX: “Building a world class clinical artificial intelligence platform:

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
American Red Cross to help with the disaster relief in the southern USA


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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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