Browsing articles from "September, 2013"

OTA Annual Meeting 2012

Sep 30, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, Recent Reviews, Reference, Trauma  // 

Mobile App to guide OTA attendees

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The OTA Annual Meeting 2012 app was created to help attendees navigate the OTA 2012 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The app is thorough and impressive with the resources it gives users which include: a search feature to find a topic of interest and where it will be discussed/presented, a list of exhibitors and their locations, and a thorough schedule that users are able to add to favorite and create their own schedule.  I am impressed the OTA is using social media to help communicate with attendees (twitter and QR code reader) at the conference. While the app is thorough and a great resource for conference attendees I hope the next iteration of the app for future conferences includes more detail about presentation topics with downloadable handouts and information on the posters with that would be useful for attendees. Overall a great resource to navigate the OTA conference

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ota-annual-meeting-2012/id563263168?mt=8

My Knee Guide

Patient resource for those considering knee replacement

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

My Knee Guide is a complete resource for patients considering knee replacement surgery. I am extremely impressed with how this app personalizes the experience of knee replacement surgery to the patient. The app has creative stories of real-world patients and their experiences of undergoing total knee arthroplasty. The in-app features include: calendar with reminders of surgery specific details and checklists, email alerts to remind patients what to do and when, location based resources of local hospitals and surgeons with SCIP protocol compliance rates and many more resources. Personally my favorite part of the app is “my surgery guide” which informs patients day by day exactly what to expect before and after their surgery. This app will assist the orthopaedic surgeon to set patient expectations and help patients stay informed throughout their treatment process. My only criticize with all the resources in the app is that patients may become overwhelmed. This is an app I plan to use with my patients to help them learn more about total knee replacement.

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AJSM (American Journal of Sports Medicine)

Mobile Access to the American Journal of Sports Medicine

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has done an excellent job producing another of its reputable journals onto a mobile platform. The American Journal of Sports Medicine app has allowed journal subscribers with easy- to-use access of the magazine in app form. The app has many advanced features such as searching for relevant topics within all issues of the publication, allowing users to save favorite articles and sharing journal articles easily through email. These up-to-date app features makes this app an excellent tool on the iPhone and iPad. In addition, the AJSM has started to build video and audio content which can become an important educational tool for viewers in the future. My only criticism that I made with other apps from the AOSSM is the reader software used to view the journal articles is slightly clunk and doesn’t allow you to make notes or easily manipulate the journal articles. However, once the developers build more video and audio content into the app it will quickly become a must have for anyone in the field.

Overall a very useful Journal application with advanced app features.

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PhotoGoniometer

Photo app for goniometer measurements

Overall: 2
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 3

Photogoniometer is another goniometer app that uses photos to help practitioners measure limb angle. The app uses an innovative method of measuring angles where you first take a photo with the limb extended and then take a second photo with the limb flexed. The images are then superimposed and the limb angle is calculated. While this is a creative way to measure range of motion this app is much more difficult to use than having to actually take a goniometer out of your pocket to measure range of motion angles. Taking photos and then still having to measure the range of motion takes more steps than quickly measuring it in your office. I like how the app developers attempted to be creative with goniometer measurements, but it is not very easy to use. There is a light version that is free for users with advertising, but the paid version is only $0.99 and allows you to save photos. Maybe something researchers would use to save information? A creative goniometer app that is not very useful.

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Sookasa

Sep 13, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Top, Utilities  // 

Cloud based file storage that is secure and encrypted

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

Sookasa is a great HIPPA compliant solution to file sharing through the cloud. The seamless integration with Dropbox (the most popular free data cloud service) makes Sookasa very user-friendly and easy to use. Sookasa is valuable to medical professionals because it finally offers an easy to use cloud platform that is not exposed to security and compliance risks. You can encrypts files, create an audit trail, track files and allow administrators to easily delete and retrieve files.  The app allows users to securely view encrypted documents on your iPhone or iPad device. This service is a must have for all medical professionals who use dropbox/googledrive/box or any other cloud device where patient information is stored. If you are not using cloud based file storage in your practice due to concerns for security there is now finally a solution. Sookasa is a revolutionary new product that can change the way you manage your practice.

*The Fees are subscription based and can be pricey based on usage, but likely a worthwhile investment*

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Kerlan-Jobe

Sep 6, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Easy to use app for patients to keep in touch with Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic based out of Los Angeles has created an app to help their patients keep in touch through an iPhone/iPad device. The app is easy to use and allows patients to read up on Kerlan-Jobe physicians and see where other practices are located. The app does a great job including relevant information about Kerlan-Jobe in the news and gives patients contact information and parking information about Kerlan-Jobe’s different clinic. However, the app is not as advanced as other clinic apps and doesn’t include any patient information about rehab services or surgery specific information. I was particularly disappointed that the app also did not allow patients to make appointments through the app interface itself and required users to call the scheduling desk or have the scheduling desk call them. Overall a nice app for Kerlan-Jobe patients, but not the best one on the market.

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OrtoEscores

Easy app to calculate outcomes scores for patients

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 5

This is a great app to help staff calculate relevant outcome scores for patients. The app includes 30 different outcome measures that surgeons can use to help establish measures for how patients are progressing through their care. The app has the functionality to email this information to the patient and to the surgeon. However, a significant portion of the app is in Portuguese as it was originally made for use in Brazil. Also, the formatting of some of the surveys on the iPhone are not the best Overall a great app to calculate outcomes scores that will be more useful once fully translated and more functional on the iPhone.

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Figure1

Photo sharing app for physicians 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

A brilliant app that allows healthcare professions to share photos and discuss cases without violating HIPPA regulations. This company should be commended with the effort and detail they used to make sure they protect patient privacy. The issue with sending photos and sharing patient information to other healthcare professionals through a phone messaging has potential regulatory consequences. Figure 1 has solved this problem by creating intuitive in-app tools that easily allow the user to remove identifying information. There is an automatic face-blocker feature that detects faces in photos. In addition, the app has a quick consent form you can have the patient complete if your institution does not have a photo sharing policy in place. The app also has the functionality to allow users to search for topics of their particular interest. Figure 1 is a great photo sharing app with some clever features for health professionals that will improve once the user base increases. The app is a must have.

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