Browsing articles from "July, 2014"

PreOpEval

Preop assessment tool 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

PreOpEval is a preop app to help guide how to evaluate patients for non-cardiac surgery. The guidelines are from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association and the American College of Chest Physicians most recent recommendations. The app has a cardiac evaluation algorithm to help users decide what a patient’s pre op risk is prior to surgery as well as give guidance regarding key medications, test to order and timing of surgery after cardiac events. While these guidelines are accepted by the ACC/AHA/ACCP it does not mean that is what your local anesthesiologist will follow. Overall a useful tool for residents/students/ancillary staff to help think about what labs need to be ordered, which patients need further workup and how to handle patients on particular medicines.

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Touch Surgery

3-D Surgical Simulation App        

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

Touch Surgery is a 3-D surgical simulation app to help surgeons/assistants/students become more familiar with particular surgical procedures in their respective field. The app has recently been updated and now offers an even larger library of fundamental orthopaedic procedures that you can download onto your device. The visual clarity and upgrades have drastically improved over the last year. Once you have downloaded the procedure there is a simulation demo that takes you through a step by step demo. The simulation reviews patient set-up, incisions and which neurovascular structures to avoid as well as retractor placement using gestures you make on your device. Once you have completed the demo you can then test yourself through the procedure and see if you are improving your scores. Overall, the best surgical simulation app still out there. It has a clean interface and practical demos for learning orthopaedic residents and students. Some of the apps are 3-D modules which are better made for an iPAD. Hopefully more of the orthopaedics demo’s will be converted to a 3-D format.

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Throw Like a Pro

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Residents, Sports, Top, Under $10, Upper, Utilities  // 

Baseball throwing injury prevention app released by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Kevin Wilk

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

In response to the increasing rates of “Tommy John” surgery as a result of throwing injuries, this app has been released to help young baseball players prevent injuries and safely participate in sports.  The purpose of this app is to provide information about safe participation that keeps players out of the operating room.

The app includes an overview of baseball throwing injuries, statistics, and general guidelines for prevention.  The app then divides recommendations into Pre-Season and In-Season sections.  In Pre-Season, videos are included that demonstrate how to perform 5 different stretching exercises, with instructions to complete them daily.  Next, the player performs the “Throwers Ten” which includes videos of 20 more exercises that should be performed with 10 repetitions, 3-4 times/week.  Lastly, there is advice for a throwing progression with a module that talks the player through the distance and number of throws to build up.

The In-Season module includes a warm up with stretching (same videos), a thrower’s ten band workout (more videos), a throwing warm up and a pitching warm up.  The app includes a pitch-count tool which can be modified for the patient’s age, rest days, and maximum pitches desired (and advised).

Overall, the app has a very high production quality and includes important information from leading surgeons in the field of throwing injuries. They estimate a 60% reduction in throwing injuries if used properly.

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Sports Fellow Self Assessment Exam

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Sports, Study/Review, Subscription  // 

Self Assessment exam from the AOSSM for Sports Fellows

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app is designed for fellows in sports medicine. The app is designed for the user to take a quiz and then review the responses.  Quizzes can be selected, downloaded, and then reviewed, and includes answers, explanations, and images.  It has a similar format to AOSSM Self Assessment Exam app.

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Radiopaedia MSK

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Trauma, Under $1, Under $5, Upper  // 

App version of Radiopaedia.org, radiology teaching files for musculoskeletal education.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

This app presents musculoskeletal imaging in a case-based format and is designed to teach students and residents about musculoskeletal injuries.  The app is very intuitive, and currently includes 68 case presentations.  Each case has unknowns with various imaging modalities and views, questions, and then answers to those questions. It also includes a radiology report, as well as additional online cases with the same (or similar) diagnoses.  The app is very simple, yet intuitive, and can be very useful for reviewing images.

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PhysioMD

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Reference, Sports, Subscription, Top, Under $10  // 

Physical Therapy app created by orthopaedic surgeons for specific injuries.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is designed to be “Rehab where you want it, when you want it.”  The app organizes therapy into different phases for different injuries, and specific therapy packages can be purchased individually for each injury.  To get started, the user selects their gender, injured area, and mechanism of injury – which presumably influences the injuries that are presented on the following page. Once an injury is selected, the exercise package can be purchased and installed for about $7.99. For shoulder instability, for example, there are 4 phases: Acute, Mobility/Strengthening, Strengthening/Limited, and Return to Sport. The app developers require the user to confirm that he/she has completed the previous objectives before advancing.  Once into each module, an extensive list of exercises are shown with images, description, and links to high-quality videos demonstrating the exercise.

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Kayal Orthopaedic

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Free, General Ortho, Patients  // 

Personal practice app for Kayal Orthopaedic Center in New Jersey.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This is a typical orthopaedic practice app for the Kayal Orthopaedic Center in New Jersey. The app includes general information such as location, phone number, contact information, photos, videos, and inquiry forms.

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HC Chang Orthopedics

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Business, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Patients  // 

Personal practice app for Dr. Chang, Singapore

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This is a personal practice app for Dr. Chang, sports medicine specialist who practices in Singapore.  The app includes the typical information, including information about calling, emailing, location, about the surgeon, and links to the website and other resources.

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FracturED

App for learning skills needed to treat fractures in the emergency department.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Created by an emergency medicine resident, this app is organized into modules for educating residents about how to care for fractures in the emergency department. The app begins with basic information, including annotated images for demonstrating surface anatomy, bones, and nerve distributions.  The app is then organized into cases which include a brief story of the patient, appropriate xray imaging with various views, and a discussion of the pathology and treatment options.  The discussion also has an extensive list of references for additional reading.

As of this review, the app includes 20 cases for the “Hand and Wrist” including a demonstration of how to apply various splints.  However, the general “upper extremity,” “lower extremity” and “foot” sections are all marked as “coming soon.”

This app is a useful learning tool for ED residents, but is currently only limited to the upper extremity.

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DocSpera

HIPAA compliant secure collaboration platform for surgeons

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

DocSpera is a company and app developed specifically for collaboration and case sharing among medical professionals.  With an orthopaedic surgeon co-founder, it has been tailored for the proceduralist, and functions well as a networking and case-sharing tool for surgeons.

The app requires registration as a verified physician. Once complete, all functionality is available for free, including access to the contact list, invitations to join specific networks, the ability to upload documents and images to a personal filing cabinet, and messaging features.  Some of the most useful features include the ability to create a personal network for a practice, society, or specialty interest group.  Discussion threads can be initiated by any group member and are visible only to those within the group.  In addition, because of its HIPAA compliant standards, specific patient information is secure through the platform and protected for public view.

Overall, DocSpera is a great solution for practices or providers looking to collaborate and share information about patients and cases.

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Current Orthopaedic Practice Journal

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Current Orthopaedic Practice Journal

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.  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

Corin Resource Hub

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Reference  // 

Information about Corin orthopaedic implants for surgeons

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This device company app is a resource and educational tool for surgeons who want to use or learn more about Corin products. The app is divided into solutions for the hip, knee, and “technology.”  As expected, the app includes general information about the products and marketing information.

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*Requires subscription for full text access

 

California Orthopaedic Association

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Utilities  // 

Conference app for the 2014 California Orthopaedic Association and QME Course

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is created for attending the COA 2014 Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA.  Presumably, future meetings will have similar apps that will support equivalent functionality, including an agenda, speakers/evaluations, list of attendees, social events, QR reader, map, photo feed, etc

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BoneDoc

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 

A serious game for simulating orthopaedic surgery.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

The BoneDoc app is marketed as “a serious game” and functions as an interactive and educational orthopaedic surgery tool.  The game was created by Dr. Phil Blyth from New Zealand and represents many accuracies of hip surgery.

The app layout is a list of patients that need surgery.  The first case, for example, is a hip fracture that requires fixation. The surgeon must walk through every step of the operation, beginning with setting up the traction properly.  Xrays are available as the traction is adjusted to ensure that a proper reduction is obtained. Once complete the surgeon then moves on to the incision, as well as placement of the hardware.  Xrays are used throughout the “operation” to ensure the proper alignment and orientation of hardware.  Once finished, the surgeon receives a score for every aspect of the case, and is reimbursed appropriately.

The game is very impressive due to the attention of detail that has been placed, as well as the realistic physics and challenges inherent with fixing a hip fracture.  I applaud the developers for creating a challenging and educational app for surgeon education.  I look forward to future releases with additional fracture options.

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Bone Ninja

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Top, Under $10, Upper, Utilities  // 

Sophisticated app for pre-operative planning of osteotomies and limb correction.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 4

Although it has a catchy name and cute icon, Bone Ninja is neither a toy nor a game. This is a sophisticated and serious app created by the International Center for Limb Lengthening to teach planning for limb lengthening and alignment surgery. The app was primarily used as a tool for the deformity course that they host, and I advise that anyone interested in the app either take the course or watch one of the introductory lectures.

The app itself includes a library of images for practicing and learning. This includes both frontal and saggital plane views of limbs with various angular deformities. The user can also upload their own image. Once an image is selected, you enter the editing mode. The features are impressive, and include calibration and enhanced editing tools such as various select functions, linking options, the ability to free-cut the image, angular and length measurement tools and rulers, and more. It even has “hardware” icons that can be added to the images.

As stated above, this app is not for amateurs and includes lessons and resources for learning, including links to YouTube videos (Part 1, Part 2, Demo).

App website: http://www.lifebridgehealth.org/RIAO/BoneNinjaAppforiPad.aspx

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Biomet Orthosize

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Subscription  // 

Image templating viewer for Biomet implants

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app is designed for pre-operative templating of Biomet implants and works in conjunction with their web platform at www.Orthosize.com. The purpose is not to template on the mobile device, but rather to review or modify images created with the desktop software.  To use the app, contact your Biomet representative.

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ASSH 2013

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Upper  // 

Conference app for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Surgery for the Hand

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is created for attending the ASSH 2013 conference in San Francisco.  Presumably, future meetings will have similar apps that will support equivalent functionality, including a schedule, personal calendar, full program, speaker search, handout information, maps, exhibitor details, and more.

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Arthrex Synergy

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Recent Reviews, Sports, Subscription, Top, Upper  // 

Image and Video app that works in conjunction with Arthrex’s arthroscopy tower

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

This app works with Arthrex’s arthroscopy tower and allows for each transfer of images and videos to an iPad for editing, patient education, and sharing.  Use of the app and login information can be obtained from your device representative.

The app is organized into a list of patients with their corresponding images. Once a patient is selected, the images can be viewed individually, with a few editing features for enhancement. For example, this includes saturation adjustment, contrast adjustment, and the ability to annotate with text, lines, and circles/arrows. The benefit of annotation is that images can then be selected for sharing with the patient, via email.  In addition to the images, links can be provided for documentation on related implants, or documents uploaded by the surgeon.  The surgeon can also record a video message or narration of the diagnosis and treatment.

Arthrex has gone to appropriate lengths to ensure that all transmissions are HIPAA compliant, and sharing the images generates 2 emails, the second with a secure password that allows the patient to unlock the attachment in the first email.

Overall, this is a very high quality app that complements their associated medical devices.

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AOSSM Self Assessment Exam

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Sports, Study/Review, Subscription  // 

Self Assessment exam from the AOSSM

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app is designed for surgeons preparing to take the subspecialty orthopaedic surgery exam in sports medicine. The app is designed for the user to take a quiz and then review the responses.  Quizzes can be selected, downloaded, and then reviewed, and includes answers, explanations, and images.

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*Requires purchase of exam

AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Spine

Jul 7, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Spine, Students, Study/Review, Under $10  // 

Simple app made by the AAOS to learn the spine exam

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 spine exam.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the spine exam: standing/seated/supine/prone examination, Waddel signs, cervical spine muscle testing and cervical spine range of motion testing.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  In addition, references are provided for further reading. However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple and somewhat uninviting.  Overall, the content includes 46 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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