Browsing articles from "September, 2011"

OrthoFind

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Upper  // 

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app is essentially a very clear and well-designed product guide for Breg, Inc.; maker of orthopedic braces.  The interface is visual and can be helpful to both physicians and patients looking to explore their catalog and purchase their products.  The user is first prompted to select a body region and is then presented with images and descriptions of their available products with additional information and high-resolutions available to read and view.  Each page provides the opportunity for “more information” which connects you with a Breg representative, provides a brochure, or directs you to a product page.  The app has additional resources including links to various orthopaedic websites and an FAQ section with questions, answers, and explanations about common orthopaedic conditions.  For a surgeon or a patient who is looking to have more information at their fingertips about Breg products, this app is very well made and can be quite useful.

 Cost: Free
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Understanding Disease: Orthopedics

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Free, General Ortho, Patients, Students  // 

Overall: 2+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is part of a series of apps titled “Understanding Disease: XXXX.”  The “Orthopedics” version is free to download, however in-app purchases are required to view information about the subjects that are included: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, postmenopausal osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.  The app is clearly marketed to patients and is likely of little use to students, trainees, or surgeons with the exception of providing material for patients to review while in a waiting room.  The limited number of subjects available for review limits the app significantly; however, an expansion could make this a potentially useful and informative app for patient education.

Cost: Free for the app; in-app purchases of $9.99 for each subject or $39.99 for all 5.
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OrthoSuperSite

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, News, Residents  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is an expansion of www.orthosupersite.com, a website filled with news and articles about orthopaedic surgery and the publishers of the journal “Orthopedics.”  The app is organized in a simplified fashion with headings such as breaking news, multimedia, blogs, from the podium, in the journals, and current issues of their three publications: Orthopedics, Orthopedics Today, and Orthopedics Today Europe.  The user can search for articles, select popular articles to read, and save articles directly to the device for reading later.  Overall, if you already visit orthosupersite.com to read news about orthopedic surgery, this app is a natural expansion of the same content.  However, if this is not a site that you expect to visit, this app has little else to offer.

 Cost: Free
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Ortho Scores

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Spine, Sports, Trauma, Upper, Utilities  // 

Overall: 3-
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 3

This app is ideal for orthopaedic surgeons who routinely keep track of patient outcomes using assessment scores.  The app allows the user to organize a list of patients, contacts, and surgeons – but the “patients” function is clearly the emphasis.  Once entering a patient, the user can then walk through many of the most popular outcomes assessments for the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, foot, ankle, and spine.  These include, but are not limited to, Harris Hip Score, Oxford Hip Score, WOMAC, SF-12, Knee Society Score, Constant Score, DASH, Quick-DASH, and the Oswestry Low Back Pain assessment.  The free version limits the number of patients that can be scored, and the full version allows for unlimited patients, unlimited contacts, and the ability to email the scores. Overall, this can be a very useful tool for both surgeons and patients to monitor outcomes.  Unfortunately, during testing the app was quite “buggy” and frequently crashed when running from my device.  Hopefully future updates will be more stable.

Cost: Free for Lite version, $99.99 for full version.  Spine Scores only for $19.99.
Download the Full Version Here
Download the Lite Version Here
Download Spine Scores Here

 

Mobile Coder Orthopedics

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Reference, Subscription  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

This is a useful coding app designed specifically for orthopaedic surgeons.  The taskbar is organized into four sections.  The “patients” tab allows the user to add patient records and includes information such as facility, date/time, patient info, assistant, and comments.  That record can then be associated with the second section: CPT.  CPT codes are organized by body region and separated by the usual CPT categories.  A search function is available, and the user can identify favorite codes to save time during future entires.  The codes themselves include options to include modifiers and the interface is easy to navigate.  The third tab is a patient history section, and the fourth tab is a configuration tab where the user can enter facilities and surgical assistants.  The program includes help alerts for every screen that are initially informative, but must be turned off in the configuration tab because they quickly become bothersome.  Overall, the app is one of many coding apps available and will appeal to many surgeons, however there does not appear to be support for ICD-9 codes if that is an important feature to you.

iPhone Free* Download
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Android


Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2

This app is based on www.orthopedicsurgeon.com, a website that indexes practicing orthopaedic surgeons and allows patients to search for providers in their area. As a surgeon, the app requires you to register before allowing access.  Unfortunately, when this app was tested in September 2011, the app asked me to register but did not include my state (California) on the registration form.  Then, when I elected to log in as a patient, the app said that data was unavailable.  The interface is visually appealing, and the is certainly promising, however the app will require additional functionality improvements before becoming useful.

 Cost: Free
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Ortho Traumapedia

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Upper  // 

Quick reference for on-call trauma related to fractures and dislocations
 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

This app is the ideal complement to any student, resident, fellow, or attending taking general orthopaedic trauma call.  The app has a simple and intuitive user interface separated into either dislocations or fractures and organized by bone, joint, or region.  Each topic is then divided into the same four sub-topics: facts, image, classify, and treat.  With an easy-to-read bullet format, the user can quickly glean the most critical facts about a particular fracture, answer common “pimp” questions, understand how to interpret the radiology, and review various classification systems for a particular injury.  One of the most useful features are the images which include very clear lines, arrows, and circles overlying normal and injury radiographs to teach the user how to evaluate and interpret injury films.  Overall, the material appears to be consistent with most other orthopaedic trauma texts, although no references are provided.

iPhone $9.99 Download
iPad
Android $9.99 Download

SLIC

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

This app uses decision-tree diagrams to assist surgeons with the treatment of various trauma-related spine pathology including burst fractures, central cord syndrome, facet fracture dislocation, facet subluxation, and hyperextension injury.  Each topic provides a flowchart as well as a decision-support interface to walk the user through the treatment algorithm.  The data appears to be peer-reviewed and closely mirrors charts from published articles on the topic, however no references are provided.  Overall, this may be useful to individuals taking spine-trauma call.

Cost: Free
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Google Translate

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

Leave it to Google to creat one of the most creative, useful, and free apps available.  This app does everything you would expect from a translator: 1) It allows the user to speak into the phone and it performs voice-recognition and converts the speech to text, 2) It then translates the text into one of over 40 languages and displays the translation on the screen in the native alphabet, and 3) For many of the languages it can then speak the translated phrase back to the patient!  If this is not impressive technology, I don’t know what is.  In addition to the ingenious functionality, the app runs very fast, the dictation function is accurate, and I have yet to encounter a language that I need but do not have available.  For anyone who works in a hospital with an international patient population but where translators are not always readily available, this app is certainly one of the coolest and most useful I have ever encountered.

Cost: Free
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MedCalc

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Everyone needs a good medical calculator on their smartphone, and MedCalc is my personal favorite based on the plethora of built-in equations.  The app has a very intuitive interface that can be easily navigated by users with any level of experience.  In addition, equations are organized by subject, alphabetically, and allows the user to easily mark his or her “favorites” for quick reference.  Some of the most useful tools that I have found include the opioid conversion tool, the dermatome distribution map, and the ISS calculation.  The app is also offered as MedCalc Pro for iPad and includes a full-size HD version with additional resources.  At $0.99 or $4.99, this app is a good option for someone that does not yet have their favorite medical calculator app.

Cost: $0.99 for MedCalc (iPhone); $4.99 for MedCalc Pro (iPad)
Download MedCalc (iPhone) Here
Download MedCalc Pro (iPad) Here

Dragon Dictation

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 5

These days most surgeons are aware of commercially available voice dictation, such as Dragon and other brands, however few know that Dragon Dictation makes a free app for the iPhone.   That’s right: completely free.  Not only that, but even without voice training (as is required for the full computer-based version), this app has impressive recognition capability the first time you use it.  The app is limited by the fact that you can only dictate within the Dragon app, thus you cannot dictation directly into an email, text message, or note.  Of course, this is a limitation created by Apple which prevents one app from running “within” another app.  In addition, Dragon limits each dictation to 30 seconds.  However, because you can perform multiple dictations within a single document, and because the app allows you to easily copy, email, or text message your text – these limitations are easily overcome.   A great feature is that words that Dragon knows it may have mis-interpreted can be selected and the user is presented with similar alternatives.  From my experience, Dragon is accurate about 90% of the time, and if you include the alternative options, accuracy increases to >95%.  For someone who writes emails from their phone, this app has the potential to save you much time, frustration, and iPhone-related spelling errors.  I cannot think of a reason not to download the app.

Cost: Free
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BoneCast

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4+

From the same makers of Bone Feed and Hand Feed, two apps that present RSS text feeds, this app is the cool older brother than instead summarizes and presents audio feeds (podcasts) and video feesd (vodcasts) from the most popular orthopaedic sources.  This includes JBJS Am, JBJS Br, AOSSM, Brit J Sp Med, HSS Ortho and others.  The app allows you to stream high-quality video and audio directly to your device with a nearly non-existent lag or delay, depending on your internet connection speed.  Functionally, this app is limited by the fact that podcasts usually require you to insert headphones to adequately listen to the presentation; however the fact that you can stream orthopaedic video directly to your device is certainly going to “wow” your colleagues.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

Hand Feed

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Upper  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

Similar to its close relatives, BoneFeed and SportsMed, this app is an RSS reader for orthopaedic hand-related publications.  The user can customize the feeds that are presented, including JHS American, JHS European, Hand Clinics, Techniques in Hand, JBJS Br Upper Extremity, HAND, and others.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way for hand surgeons to keep up-to-date with the latest publications 24-hours a day.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android Free Download

Epocrates

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

Epocrates continues to be the gold-standard for mobile drug-reference applications.  The app provides free medication information including dosing (both adults and pediatrics), interactions, contraindications, as well as a “pill identifier” to match a pill with its name according to shape, color, imprint, etc.  For anyone who cannot always remember the dosing and frequency of every medication, this app belongs in your pocket.  Unfortunately, Epocrates also insists on updating frequently and prompting users with “news” information that some may not find useful.  Thus, functionality is limited by the time it takes to occasionally update the app.  Otherwise, this app is a “must have” for any provider.

Cost: Free for drug reference, requires subscription for Essentials Plus with added features.
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Acta Orthopaedica Journal

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Students, Top  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Acta Orthopaedica (previously Acta Orthopaedica  Scandinavica) is the first orthopaedic journal to have developed a fully-functional mobile app utility with 100% read capability.  The app does everything one might expect from a journal app, and is even more impressive because the journal is a non-profit, Open Access journal.  Thus, all content is completely free of cost.  The app allows for access to archives as early as 1930 and allows the user to download and read the full PDF article literally within seconds.  The only missing function that would be useful is the ability to search articles.  Of course, this could be done through Google Scholar or Pubmed, but integration in the app would be an obvious enhancement.  Among its other useful features includes direct links to Google Scholar to see how many citations an article has, as well as the ability to view “Early Online” articles that may not yet be PubMed indexed.

Cost: Free
Download for iPhone Here
Download for iPad Here

AAOS Now

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Residents  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has created this lightweight app to view AAOS Now, the monthly print publication sent to all Academy members.  Unfortunately, the app only presents articles in their full form which requires a significant amount of zooming/panning when viewing on a small mobile device such as a smartphone.  However, the app does have additional useful features such as podcasts and videocasts available as a streaming feed directly to the mobile device.  Although its uses are limited for reading articles, the media casts and the fact that this app is free may warrant download for any Academy members that may want access to when “on the go.”

 

iPhone Free Download
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Multiplier

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Trauma  // 

Calculator for predicting height and bone length in children.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

Designed to help surgeons predict leg-length discrepancies at maturity, this app has expanded the use of Paley’s Multiplier tables to allow for the prediction of height, upper extremity length, and timing of epiphysiodesis.  The app itself is published by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and includes a variety of references from their institution.  In addition to an intuitive user interface, there are useful resources including a complete multiplier table as well as the Elbow Scoring System to determine skeletal age.  The app also includes additional information such as AP and lateral foot measurements, as well as diagrams for measuring limb alignment. Overall, the app is certainly a requirement for any medical student, resident, fellow, or attending working with pediatric orthopaedic patients.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

AAOS Code X-Lite

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

Developed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, this app is a light version of the Code X software already available to members who pay for a subscription.  Anyone with a Code X subscription can request a login name/password for its use.  Strengths of the app include the ability to search by body site or keyword, as well as the ability to save favorites and email a list of codes.  However, the app could benefit from a better search function, integration between ICD-9 and CPT codes, and an improved user interface.

Cost: Free for the app, but requires subscription to AAOS Code X ($535-699)
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BoneFeed

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Students, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

Similar to its close relatives, HandFeed and SportsMed, this app is an RSS reader for orthopaedic-related publications.  The user can customize the feeds that are presented, including JBJS-Am, JBJS-Br, CORR, JHS-Am, Spine, JPO, and many more.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way for orthopaedic surgeons to keep up-to-date with the latest publications 24-hours a day.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

OrthoEvent

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Spine, Sports, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

This free app is useful for any orthopaedic practitioner who attends or is planning to attend any orthopaedic-related conference. The app is designed to compile information regarding nearly all professional orthopaedic conferences worldwide, as well as organize conferences according to specialty. Once a conference is selected, the app provides dates, locations, abstract deadlines, and links to meeting websites. The app is limited by the fact that information is inconsistent, and that the majority of the app text is in French with no other languages available. Overall, the application is a creative and very helpful way to search for conferences that you might not otherwise be aware of.

Cost: Free
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AO Muller Classification

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3-
Coolness: 3

Created by the AO Foundation, this classification app allows a user to determine the Muller classification of long-bone fractures by selecting the bone, the segment, and the fracture morphology. In addition, radiographs are included to demonstrate true images of fracture patterns as a supplement to the figures provided. Once a particular fracture is selected, the user can save cases as “favorites” with a memo, a tool that could be valuable for a resident needing to keep track of fracture types while seen on call. The app also includes a “glossary” section that offers supplemental notes such as classification terminology and instructions for identifying fractures. Lastly, all data lives on the device thereby allowing for rapid access and use even without a data access signal.

Cost: Free
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AO Surgery Reference

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

Created by AO and released in No­vember 2010, the AO Surgery Refer­ence app has set the bar for orthopae­dic reference apps. The data mirrors information which has been previ­ously existed at www.aosurgery.org but is formatted specifically for the smartphone. The app has an intuitive interface that walks the user through the diagnosis, decision process, prepa­ration, surgical approach, reduction, fixation, and aftercare of fractures. Additional information can be found by selecting the “info” icon next to an option, and reference articles are provided on every page. Some of the most valuable aspects, in addition to the text, are the abundance of images demonstrating fracture patterns, pa­tient positioning, and anatomy/surgi­cal approaches. Ideally, this app can serve as a quick reference while treat­ing a patient or prior to a surgery when no other references are available for review. The greatest limitation to this app is that all data is pulled from the internet in real-time, and thus a data connection (3G or WiFi) is required for the app to function. In addition, some fractures are still not available, but the app suggests that future updates will be included.

Cost: Free
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