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MediBabble

Medical Translator App

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

MediBabble is a powerful translation tool to help providers communicate with non-English speaking patients. There are many apps that provide translation tools to providers, but I have to say MediBabble is the best one on the market (and its free!). MediBabble differentiates itself with a robust database of pertinent medical phrases (including orthopaedic ones) organized in a standardized history-taking format. It does not require the user to be connected to the internet and it actually has medical phrases that are spoken to the patient from your phone. This app is probably best for intermediate language speakers who do not have the medical vocabulary to perform a complete history. Having tried the app myself I found it extremely useful as many of the phrases allow me to ask the patient close ended questions that I didn’t know ask with my mediocre spanish. Currently the app is available in Chinese, French, German Haitian Creole and Russian. Overall, a fantastic app that will help mediocre language speakers with history taking. I just wish the app would translate all that the patient was saying for me……..  but I guess that is called using translator services.

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Spine MD

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Spine, Subscription, Top  // 

A personal practice app for Dr. Todd Lanman with patient information, videos, and peri-operative as well as post-operative rehabilitation education.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This personal practice app is a full-featured patient portal for Dr. Todd Lanman, a spine surgeon in Beverly Hills. Powered by CARE, 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.  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.  The user interface is intuitive and visually appealing. Overall, the application has been well implemented and would be a great benefit to any patients of Dr. Lanman.

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Orthopaedics 365

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Under $5  // 

Clinical daily pearls regarding the most recent and evidence-based tips for orthopaedic surgeons.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is a creative way to stay fresh with some of the most pertinent and evidence-based topics in orthopaedic surgery. Created by a current orthopaedic chief resident, the app has a very simple interface.  It presents itself as a calendar with “365 clinical pearls” that are delivered to the user daily via a push-notification at a designated time.  Each pearl can be shared with colleagues via text, email, or twitter and includes a reference to a relevant journal article. In addition to daily push notifications, the user can also browse through the calendar to read additional pearls.  Thus, this serves as a primitive collection of study facts or flashcards. Unfortunately, the functionality is limited since they are not sorted by topic. Overall, the app does a good job of its stated purpose, which is to deliver a new orthopaedic fact every day.

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Orlando Orthopaedic

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

A personal practice app for the Orlando Orthopaedic Center with offices, physicians, and appointment information.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

This is a personal practice app for the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.  The format is unique in that the landing page asks patients to point to “what hurts” on a silhouette of a body.  Once selecting a region, however, you still have to select the area that hurts and are then provided with a very brief synopsis of pain in that region.  The apps more useful feature includes address information for the Center’s  5 office locations, biographic information for the 17 physicians, and contact information to make an appointment.  This app is only useful for patients of this group needing an address or wanting to get in touch with their physician

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KOC – Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

A personal practice app for the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

This is a personal practice app for the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic.  The user interface is refined and intuitive, and the current features include requesting an appointment, calling the office, linking to the KOC website,  a patient portal, and inbox/message functionality.  The features all appear to work as expected without any significant issues.

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HS/KS/AAHKS Specialty Day

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinicians, iPhone Apps, Lower, Subscription  // 

A meeting app for the Hip Society/Knee Societ 2013

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is a meeting app for the Hip Society and Knee Society. Unfortunately, the app requires a personal login for access. Thus, a detail review cannot be provided at this time.

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HAND Journal

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Subscription, Upper  // 

A journal app for the Hand Journal.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This is a journal app for Hand. Unfortunately, the app requires a personal login for access. Thus, a detail review cannot be provided at this time.

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FRAX

A digital and mobile tool for calculating the FRAX score.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

This app is a very useful and free tool for calculating the WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX).   Created by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and Doctot, the app is intuitive and simple to use.   The app includes a detailed section about FRAX and its purpose: to calculate a patient’s 10-year probably of fracture based on BMD – and references have been provided.  To use the actual assessment tool, select “start the test.”  The app then walks you through a series of 14 questions on the FRAX, such as age, gender, ethnicity, weight, height, history of fractures, co-morbidities (smoking, steroids, RA, osteoporosis, alcohol), type of fracture, and T-score.  The final result is a FRAX score that estimates the risk of fracture based on the validated tool.  Users can then save the score with a patient’s name. Overall, this very simple app is both validated and effective and should be highly considered for anyone who already uses FRAX in their office.

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Cervical Spondylosis

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Spine, Under $1  // 

Stretching, activity, and strengthening exercises focused on reducing symptoms of cervical spondylosis.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This interesting app provides information and demonstrations of exercises to assist with cervical spondylosis. What makes the app “unique” is the graphical presentation which, for lack of a better description, reminds me of the graphics one would find on Super Nintendo.  Nevertheless, the app includes 3 stretching exercises, 7 active exercises, and 8 strengthening exercises for the cervical spine. These includes things like trapezius stretch, isometric lateral neck flexion, or chin tucks.  Each exercise has a “video” demonstration that consists of captions while the Super Nintendo-esque graphics demonstration the motion through a series of static images.  The app has no information about the author or developer, but all exercises seem relatively common and safe. Thus, the app may be useful for individuals searching for a quick reference to cervical spine exercises.

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All-Pro Orthopedics

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Recent Reviews, Sports  // 

A personal practice app for Dr. Jesse Zisholtz Shaw with patient information, surgery education, appointment booking and a list of services.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 3

This personal practice app is meant to serve as a patient portal for Dr. Jesse Zisholtz Shaw, an orthopaedic sports medicine physician in Tampa, Florida.  The app’s user interface is somewhat unusual, marked by a hidden menu on the right side of the screen.  Users can advance through the menu items, including a welcome screen, the ability to “ask the doctor,” appointment booking information, ability to check in, contact information, and a list of services. The “services listed” includes knee arthroplasty, knee arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, and shoulder arthroscopy.  Each sub-section includes a summary of the pathology and treatment options.  The surgeon includes a few photos of (presumably) his patients as well.  The app even includes a primitive game called PicFlippr to help pass the time.  Overall, this app is a personal practice app that may be useful to current or potential patients of Dr. Zisholtz Shaw

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