Browsing articles from "November, 2011"

AgingSpine

Nov 14, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

AgingSpine is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about degenerative spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, degenerative scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar stenosis, and cervical stenosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, AgingSpine is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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ShoulderDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

ShoulderDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about shoulder anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include rotator cuff tear, bursitis, impingement, calcific tendinitis, glenohumeral arthritis, acromioclavicular arthritis, instability, proximal humeral fractures, clavicle fractures, AC separation, frozen shoulder, and biceps tendon tears & tendinitis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, ShoulderDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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KneeDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

KneeDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about knee bone, tendon, meniscus, and ligament anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include meniscal tear, ACL tear, MCL injuries, PCL tear, patellofemoral chondrosis, tibiofemoral chondrosis, chondral lesions, advanced arthritis, lateral patellar compression syndrome, patellar dislocation, patellar tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, iliotibial band syndrome, mechanical disorders, and fractures.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, KneeDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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Bones, Joints & Muscles

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 1

Bones, Joints & Muscles is a patient-education resource designed for patients to learn about diseases as they relate to the musculoskeletal system.  The app has a simple design that consists of a list of pathologies in alphabetical order.  Each topic includes 1-5 brief paragraphs that include general information about each disease.  The app does not include images or video, and does not include contact information for providers that can take care of the diseases, a feature available in other similar applications.  The user does have the option to email the information.  Overall, the app can provide very basic and general information to patients, but other apps provide similar information with the assistance of images, video, and greater depth.

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ShoulderDoc

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

ShoulderDoc is an app created by Dr. Len Funk, who manages shoulderdoc.co.uk.  The app reflects the website and includes an impressive amount of information designed to educate patients about shoulder conditions, pathology, and surgery using a combination of images, text, animations, and video.  Like its website counterpart, the user can browse topics, learn about undergoing surgery, watch videos, and can even answer a few questions to obtain their diagnosis.  Each section includes text descriptions that align with visually appealing images.  Overall, the app can serve as a useful educational tool for patients who have shoulder pathology and would like to learn more about their disease.

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SportsMed

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Sports, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

SportsMed joins the series of RSS-feed apps to organize sports medicine-related abstracts into a single app.  Like other apps in this series (BoneFeed, BoneCast, HandFeed), the user can personalize which RSS feeds are presented along the home row from a list of feeds included with the app.  For SportsMed, the list includes AJSM, Arthroscopy, Sports Med Arthr, Brit J Sports Med, and a variety of other feeds.  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 to keep up-to-date with the latest sports publications.

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Orthopedics Hyperguide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, News, Residents, Study/Review  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

The Orthopedics Hyperguide app is a CME app with a variety of orthopaedic educational resources.  The app includes modules for learning, testing, and review.   The home screen allows the user to search and view videos, podcasts, tutorials, and lectures on various topics. The user can then create quizzes from a large Q-bank of questions. According to the app, there are nearly 4,000 unique questions available.  The module section suggests there are over 300 different educational resources available.  Overall, this app has the potential to be very useful for learning, reviewing, and testing and can potentially provide CME credit as well.

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Scoligauge

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, scoligauge uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a scoliometer.  The user first calibrates the device on a level surface, and then chooses to measure the angle based on the device’s position on an object or based on the camera image. The app shows a very realistic scoliometer model during the measurement.   Overall, the app relies on the accuracy of your iPhone’s internal accelerometer, but the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard scoliometer is unavailable.

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Forearm Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, forearm goniometer expands upon the functionality of simple goniometer to use the iPhone’s internal accelerometer for measuring forearm pronation/supination.  Although no instructions are provided, it seems that the user should be holding the iPhone in their right or left hand. When ready, the user selects the proper hand on the screen, and then proceeds to fully supinate/pronate one direction, and then the other direction.  The app records the limits of each motion and saves the data on the screen.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does include the ability to calibrate itself on a level surface.  In addition, motion within the hand or wrist could account for subjective variation between subjects.  Overall, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

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Knee Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Lower, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, knee goniometer expands upon the functionality of simple goniometer to do exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app includes prompting the user to select which side is being tested and the side that the examiner is standing on.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

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Simple Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, Residents, Students, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, simple goniometer does exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

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IOS Fixator

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Trauma  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4+

IOS Fixator blends the iPhone/iPad’s touch screen with patient imaging to create a very impressive tool for pre-operative templating using the IOS fixation device.  The app consists of 2 sections.  First, the PDF user guides are available for the IOS fixation device and the STORM (Saffordshire orthopaedic reduction machine).  The second part of the app includes a templating program to use with the external fixator.  First, the user acquires an xray of the patient’s fracture (a sample is provided in the app).  Next, a sizing template is calibrated, and the user then outlines the fracture corners.  Once the fracture is contained, the fragment becomes “free” for the user to realign with the distal or proximal fracture fragment.  The final step provides template guides for the user to align with the newly reduced fracture image. Overall, the concept is impressive and well-execute.  Unfortunately, this app is only useful for providers who currently use the IOS fixator device.  An expansion to other types of external fixator or internal fixation devices would be impressive and very useful.  Nevertheless, the ability to manipulate a fracture from your iPhone or iPad is likely a taste of future emerging technologies.

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HandDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

HandDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about hand anatomy in different regions of the hand and wrist while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist injury, TFCC, thumb base arthritis, de Quervain’s tendonitis, skier’s thumb, ganglion cyst, mallet finger, dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger, and flexor tendon injury.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Video and audio recordings are also included to narrate the text and demonstrate surgical procedures. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include a physical therapist, plastic surgeon, and manicurist.  Overall, HandDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic hand conditions.  At only $1.99 this application is a great value for the amount of information included.

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FootDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

FootDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about foot anatomy in different regions of the foot and ankle while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include Achilles tendonitis/Haglund’s deformity, ankle and subtalar arthritis, peroneal tendonitis/tear, bunionette (taylor’s bunion), Morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, interdigital callus, metatarsalgia, tarsometatarsal arthritis, stress fracture/reaction, ankle sprain, second MTP instability, bunion (hallux valgus), plantar fasciitis, and posterior tibial tendinosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include an orthotist, cobbler, and pedicurist.  Overall, FootDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic foot conditions.

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SpineDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

SpineDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include cervical bulge, cervical herniation, cervical stenosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar bulge, lumber herniation, lumbar stenosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, and scoliosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, SpineDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

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iPad $4.99 Download
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