Browsing articles from "August, 2013"

ICJR – International Congress for Joint Reconstruction

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Residents, Subscription, Top  // 

This comprehensive app includes joint reconstruction lectures, procedures, and technologies.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This free app is published by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR), a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of orthopaedic care. The app is very well made and includes video presentations from past ICJR meetings. The current version can be accessed in guest mode which permits 3 video downloads.  As of August 2013, there were 35 conferences with videos to access and 9 more upcoming in the next 2 years.  The app also includes the ability to save videos for watching later, search by faculty, and search for particular topics.  The app includes other common features such as video sharing via email and full screen video review.  The video I downloaded was very high quality.

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*Requires login for full access. Guest access limited to 3 videos.

Sports Health-HD

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Sports, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to Sports Health publication

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

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*Requires subscription for full text access

UCSF Center for Joint Replacement

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Subscription  // 

Mobile-based post-operative rehabilitation exercises for UCSF Joint Replacement patients

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

UCSF has teamed up with CARE to set the standard for the future of mobile rehabilitation.  Currently implemented by the UCSF Joint Replacement program and created by physical therapists, the app provides a personalized website and personalized physical therapy/rehabilitation protocols for patients.   The app is incredibly comprehensive by providing information to patients about their surgery, their surgeon, and lists the exercises they should be performing week-by-week after surgery with complete video demonstrations.

When a patient is enrolled he/she will only see information and post-operative protocols that have been specifically selected by their surgeon.  The app itself consists of the sections described above.  Pre- and post-operative information is available to patients, and the post-operative physical therapy protocol is clearly organized for patients to reference either at home or at the gym.  Overall, the application has been well implemented

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*Requires enrollment by the UCSF Joint Replacement program.

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – British

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

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Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – American

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

 

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Orthopedics Glossary

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes nearly 500 generic medical terms. Descriptions typically include one sentence.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The app has additional functionality including the ability to record notes and audio notes.  There is also the ability to share the information in an email as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

iPhone $0.99 Download
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AO Spine Principles

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma  // 

A visually impressive description of AO Spine treatment principles.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

This simple and lightweight app includes basic information about the AO Spine principles.  The app is divided into 3 main sections: the home screen, principles, and details. There are 6 different classifications: trauma, tumor, deformity, degeneration, infection, and metabolic/inflammatory/genetic.  Selecting each section then includes a rotating wheel describing each of the 4 principles: stability, alignment, biology, and function.  The information provided is general and broad, and does not serve as a useful resource.  However, as a single download and review, this is somewhat interesting.

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AO Davos Courses 2012

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, News, Products, Trauma  // 

A basic information about the AO Davos Courses in 2012

Overall: 3
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

This simple and lightweight app includes basic information about the AO courses in Davos for 2012.  It includes an overview of the courses, information about clinical divisions, and general information about the AO.

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AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Knee

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Sports, Students, Under $10  // 

Simple app to learn the knee exam and special tests

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, which includes this simple app for learning the knee exam and special tests.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the knee exam: inspection, muscles, range of motion, and special tests.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  The special tests include information about specificity and sensitivity and include a short reference list.  However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple, and the overall content includes only 20 total exam maneuvers.  At a cost of $9, this is quite a high price considering other apps that include more information and detail at a better value.  I hope that this app will be expanded upon and improved in future versions.

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Orthopaedic Nursing Journal

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books  // 

Mobile access to the orthopaedic nursing journal.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing is part of a series of digital journal conversions.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Orthopedics Terminology

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes about 165 terms. Descriptions typically include a few sentences to a few short paragraphs.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The only additional functionality is the ability to share the information in an email or on facebook as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad $0.99 Download
Android

Orthopedics Today Healio

Mobile Access to the Orthopaedics Today Magazine

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This is a good mobile version of the Orthopaedics Today. The app updates with the latest and most recent articles within different topics of orthopaedics daily. While this app lacks a search option and the ability to find to find old articles, it does allows you to star favorite articles and is trying to build a video library of expert talks in the field.

Overall a good app for a useful magazine.

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Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Mobile Access to Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has done an excellent job in advancing it’s journals into mobile platforms. With the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine they have provided unrestricted open access to full text in an easy-to-use format. The articles are available for download and can be viewed through the mobile app.  This app does an excellent job giving the reader up-to-date app features: search function to find journal articles, share articles to peers via email, and easily save articles to a favorite’s folder. My only criticism reading the journal articles is slightly clunk and doesn’t allow you to make notes or easily manipulate the journal articles.

Overall a very useful Journal application with advanced app features.

 

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Goniometer Pro (G-Pro)

Aug 29, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Utilities  // 

Goniometer mobile application

Overall: 3
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

This Goniometer app was developed by 5fuf5 and is one of many goniometer apps in the marketplace.  Goniometer PRO uses a simple visual tool to help providers mimic a standard clinical goniometer if one is not available.  While I initially struggled using the app, a very well done you-tube video clearly taught me how easiy it is to use. The app allows users to save angle measurements in a memory bank.   Users are able to use the app in the free preview mode, but after 12 uses you are forced to buy the unlimited version which is $14.99. While the app is an excellent tool and visually stimulating at this high of a sticker price there are other apps out there which work the same.

Overall a useful goniometer app with a high pricetag

 

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Canadian Orthopaedic Association

Mobile Access to the Canadian Orthopaedic Association

Overall: 2
Functionality: 1+
Coolness: 2+

This is a weak mobile version of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association website. The app is meant to allow members to have easy access to up to date news and event information. However the lack seems to fall short of providing more than three articles in its news column and does not organize its events calendar well on the iphone. I acknowledge the innovation of using push notifications to remind members of upcoming events, but outside of this one good feature the app itself is lacking the information and thoroughness that the website clearly provides.

Overall a weak app for an important association.

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ACUMED Version 2.0

Aug 29, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Reference, Utilities  // 

An app that provides information for Acumed’s different fixation systems

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 4+

This app is a neat resource to learn about Acumed’s different fixation solution for different body parts. The app has a beautifully done feature that allows you to visualize devices in 3D space. While the app is probably more useful for the ACUMED reps than a typical orthopaedic surgeon it is still an interesting app with lots of device information. *WARNING* to download all the features on the app is approx. 400MB of memory. So while this awesome app has some really neat 3D tools to see devices for different types of fixation. Beware it can be memory drain.

Overall a visually impressive app not for everyday use

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