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Best iPad Apps

Mar 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps  // 

 You just bought a new iPad and now you need some Ortho Apps!?!?  Start here:

iPad is the ideal clinical tool for personal education (journals and peer-review), surgical preparation (device/implant literature), patient teaching (animations and drawings), and clinical care.

First, you need a PDF reader to review your collection of scientific papers.  iBooks can do the trick in a pinch, but I prefer iAnnotate or GoodReader, which both connect with Dropbox (another great app) or via wifi to your home computer allowing for library synchronization.  They each include a plethora of annotation tools such as highlight or underline.  iAnnotate has a much more robust full-text search feature, and in my opinion is worth the extra $5.  A few journals have been released for iPad, including Spine and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (both free right now), for full-text browsing.  The Hospital Physician Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual is also available for free, and seems to have good educational information.

Surgical preparation tools and implant literature can be found with a number of device-company sponsored apps.  All are free, and some go far beyond a collection of technique guides by including full 3D animations for how to perform procedures.  Start by taking a look at: Zimmer 411, ARIA Spine, inMotion, DePuy Spine, Sigma Knee Replacement, Aesculap OrthoPilot, Flipchart and Flipchart Spine, Synthes, or Biomet Bone Model.

The iPad is quickly demonstrating its utility as a patient education tool.  Apps KneeDecide, ShoulderDecide, HandDecide, SpineDecide, FootDecide and AgingSpine offer an impressive collection of pathology, animation, imaging, and descriptions of the most common diagnoses with complete patient information.  DrawMD Orthopedics is a tool that incorporates illustrated stamps to teach patients about their condition and treatment.

Lastly, iPads are increasingly being used for direct patient care.  A quick search of the app store reveals tools for maintaining an inpatient list, viewing xray images, performing an OR checklist, and even using your iPad in the OR.  I encourage you to search this site and others for apps that you might find most useful.

Mobile Coder Foot and Ankle

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Subscription  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This is a useful coding app designed specifically for surgeons who perform foot and ankle surgery.  The app download is free and allows the user to view all sections, however the complete 12-section download require an in-app purchase of $49.99. 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 entries.  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.

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Zimmer 411

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Top  // 
Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

Zimmer’s product application has beautifully integrated both patient and surgeon information is a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing design that has quickly become one of the lead orthopaedic apps on the market.  Clearly designed to promote information about Zimmer products, the app focuses on Patient Stories, Causes of Pain, Treatment Options, Know When You’re Ready, and Joint Replacement.  The integration of videos, teaching diagrams and illustrations, interactive animations, and peri-operative guidance is unmatched by other orthopaedic implant companies.  One of the strongest features of the app is the combination of patient information as well as “surgeon tools.”  By selecting the surgeon tools drop-down tab, a entirely new library of information becomes available including 3D animations, diagrams, procedure videos, product listings, and x-rays.  Overall, this app is a powerful supplement to any physician performing hip and knee arthroplasty, and especially to those who utilize or want to learn more about Zimmer products.

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Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is a journal reader for issues of the Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual by Hospital Physician. At the time of review (March 2012), the app includes 6 issues: Patellofemoral Pain, Thermal Injuries in the Extremities, Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head, etc.  Each “issue” reads like a regular journal with advertisements, a table of contents, and full journal contents.  However, because each issue is on a single topic, the contents include an introduction, anatomy, pathogenesis, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, etc.  The app is clear, quick, and easy to navigate.  The articles are easy to read and include a plethora of useful information.  Although it is not clear whether this will remain free in the future – it is currently available at no cost and supported by advertising.

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Aesculap OrthoPilot USA

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This product marketing app demonstrates and educates surgeons about Aesculap’s surgical navigation system.  The app is organized by category: HipSuite, KneeSuite, and SportsMedSuite.  Each section highlights the products available, and a further drill-down menu includes information about special cases, product documents, images, videos, and links.  The app navigation was slow at times, and videos often required extra time to load.  However, the step-by-step guides for using the navigation system could be quite helpful to a surgeon interested in using this device.  Overall, the app includes a few glitches, but is available for free on both iPad and iPhone.

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I.T.S. InfoPoint

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app demonstrates the products made by I.T.S., a medical device company in Austria that develops titanium implants. The app includes many of the features expected from a device company app, including general information, a catalog and description of implants, sub-sections for upper and lower extremities, and a product overview video.  In addition, there is a “fracture classifications” section that assists a surgeon by allowing the user to select a body part from a diagram, then select the fracture pattern – and the app will list the relevant implants.  Selecting on an implant includes typical information such as features, xrays, indications, and a surgical technique PDF.  Overall, many of the features are “empty” and do not include information, and thus the app currently lacks completeness.  Overall, however, this is a great app for surgeons using these devices.

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FlipChart for Spine

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Products, Spine  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is created by Stryker as a patient education tool for surgeons treating degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis.  The app is organized into charts, my charts, and “create a chart.”  The established “charts” are like slideshows with text, images, and diagrams that teach patients about their disease. The “create a chart” feature allows the user to add text and comments to the educational image-based slide show to add commentary within the chart.  A pen is available to mark the background or highlight particular areas of the image.  Once complete, the chart appears in the “my charts” tab for later reference.  Thus, a surgeon could spend some time creating a personalized chart for his/her surgeries and then use that chart to education patients in clinic about what the procedure will entail.  Overall, the user interface is very simple and easy to navigate and the app is well-made.  As a patient education tool, this may be useful for surgeons who have time to explain the details of surgery to patients accompanied by images.

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