Browsing articles from "December, 2015"

DASH Outcome Measure

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Recent Reviews, Upper, Utilities  // 

Utility for administering and scoring the DASH Outcome Measure

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

This app is very simple and does exactly what it is supposed to do: it helps providers (surgeons, therapists, researchers) administer the DASH Outcome Measure (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand).  Objectively, the app has very few flaws or limitations.  The user is provided with various setting options, resources from the website, and the option of either the complete DASH or the QuickDASH. The questionnaire is then provided in its standard form, and appears very similar to the PDF version that is available online.  A patient number can be assigned, and a copy can be emailed to the patient as well as the administrator.

From a clinical perspective, the app does not maintain a database of patient scores and does not provide an easy way to integrate scores into the medical record.  That would take an additional manual step on the part of the medical practice or research group.  However, overall, this is a very useful and easy app for scoring the DASH.

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OrthoFlow

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Trauma, Under $5  // 

General orthopaedic trauma app for fracture identification, classification, and management

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

OrthoFlow is the first app created by MediFlow and is designed to be “your orthopaedic specialist in your pocket.”  The app has a familiar user interface which includes a skeleton for selecting a region of injury, followed by a series of lists to select the specific bone and fracture of interest.  Most fractures include a few basic questions such as the location, whether it is intra-articular, and displacement after which the app suggests operative fixation or non-operative treatment.  One of the most useful features is the “What to know for trauma meeting” which includes a high-yield and well-organized description of the anatomy, associated injuries, imaging findings, classification systems, management, surgical approaches, complications, and eponyms for the particular fracture.  The purpose is to help prepare a junior resident or medical student at morning conference.   The information provided on each topic appears to be accurate, if not somewhat generalized, for each fracture.  Classification systems are often accompanied by sketch images which I found very appealing.  Some aspects of the user interface require improvement, such as a “home” button while buried deep within in the “trauma meeting” menus.  Overall, I think the app is a very good start towards a useful trauma handbook for students and junior residents.  Since this is the first version, I anticipate that the app will only improve in functionality over time.

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OrthoGuidelines

App for reviewing the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

I applaud the AAOS for creating a very useful and intuitive app for reviewing and consulting the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses.  As most orthopaedic surgeons and trainees are aware, the AAOS has committed a significant effort to developing useful guidelines and tools to help surgeons make the appropriate surgical decisions when treating a number of common conditions.  Until now, the guidelines could only be accessed in their PDF form.  This app allows anyone to review the published guidelines in a very useful format.  The app currently includes 17 guidelines (CPG) and 4 appropriate use criteria (AUC) modules.  The guidelines can be sorted by strength and stage of care.

Overall, the app is well made and a great step forward in improving access to these important tools.  I recommend the app to both trainees (for both education and testing purposes) as well as surgeons (for treatment purposes).

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OrthoBullets: Bullets*

OrthoBullets’ stand-alone and companion app with study material, images, questions, and quizzes

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

OrthoBullets has scored a home run with their new Bullets* app available from the iTunes store.  This app is can be used as a companion app to the existing OrthoBullets website, but also functions extraordinarily well as a stand-alone resource.  The app consists of 5 sections: Topics, QBank, Cases, Evidence and PASS.  The topics section includes all information on the OrthoBullets site, separated in the same familiar lists and easily searched by keyword.  I found the search and browsing to be very fast and intuitive.  Importantly, each topic includes the same figures, diagrams, and questions associated with the web version to help learn concepts through the VEPTR technique.

The QBank also integrates with your existing online login and automatically transfers over your existing TestMaster scores and personal tests.  It also allows you to create new tests which can be defined by test style, topics, number of questions, etc.  The format will be very familiar to existing OrthoBullets users.

The cases will be familiar to any OrthoBullets user, and includes a presentation, images, and the valuable comments and discussion that ensures.  One of the newest features includes the ability to select “Evidence” to support an answer to a question, greatly enhancing the validity and value of this service.  The evidence can also be searched independently, and by specialty.  All of this is seamlessly integrated into the mobile format.

Lastly, the PASS section is available to residents who already use the PASS system in their residency program.  While I could not test this section entirely, it appears to function similar to the website equivalent.

Overall, the Bullets* app is a full-featured educational tool for any orthopaedic student, resident, fellow, or attending.  With quick and easy access to the entire OrthoBullets database combined with cases, quiz access and a versatile interface – I highly recommend this free app to everyone.

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Biolox Inside

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews  // 

Company information about biolox ceramic implants

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Biolox has produced this information app to give providers detailed product information regarding their ceramic implant component and designs. The app is well-made and include very technical information regarding the shape, size, and cautions with using their ceramic products for hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty.  The app includes numerous videos, 3D animations, and booklet handouts on the topics of wear, fretting corrosion, implants, and results.  Overall an informative app for medical providers who want to learn more about these implants.

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RealWorld Procedures

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Students, Utilities  // 

Video and text tutorials for common procedures

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

RealWorld has created another app (in addition to RealWorld Orthopaedics) with tutorials for common procedures.  Those relevant to orthopaedic surgeons include digital blocks, local anesthesia, shoulder reduction, suturing, and upper limb slings. Each tutorial has a short video (1-3 min) with a text description of the background, precautions, equipment, positioning, procedure, and complications.  Overall, the limited orthopaedic procedures are relatively well represented and can assist a junior resident or medical student prepare for a first-time procedure.

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Learning Orthopedics Quiz

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Under $5  // 

A “flashcard” style app for learning orthopedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

This app is designed like a flashcard stack for orthopedic questions and facts. Unfortunately, the app does not tell you how many questions are included, nor can you create quizzes from specific sets such as a particular subject or only “new questions” or “incorrect questions.”  The user selects a quiz length from the options of 25, 50, or 100 questions.  The user then answers the questions and is provided the correct answer if they answered incorrectly while a score is kept and tallied. There exists an option “send” from the quiz.  While I initially suspect this would send a score or questions/answers for review, the button merely takes a screenshot of the current screen.  Overall, not a particularly useful app based on it’s very limited functionality and unknown flashcard stack size.

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SS Carpal Tunnel

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Upper  // 

Explanation and information about limited open carpal tunnel syndrome

Overall: 4
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This app, created by Surgery Squad, is a cute and useful educational tool for educating patients about carpal tunnel syndrome.  Unfortunately, the information in the app is not all entirely accurate as it draws a very strong link between computer use and carpal tunnel syndrome and suggests that release of transverse carpal ligament alleviates all “inflammation” of the median nerve.  Using cartoon-like graphics and user interaction, the app asks you to “perform” the procedure through the various steps of a standard carpal tunnel utilizing a carpal tunnel-tome.  The steps are overall reasonable, but obviously reflect the specific preferences of the design surgeons, such as use of non-absorbable sutures and a post-operative splint with return to activity in 4-6 weeks.   Overall, this may be a useful app to recommend to patients considering a carpal tunnel release, especially if the technique closely matches your own.

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AOFAS

Dec 5, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, News, Recent Reviews  // 

Mobile app for the American Orthopedic Food and Ankle Society

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

AOFAS has published an app for the Foot and Ankle Society.  The app is simple and intuitive.  One limitation is the slow loading time – apparently allowing the app to download content when it opens.  On my review, this significantly limited my ability to review content (took about 3 minutes to load). Once loaded, I had access to annual meeting content (with log-in), information about the foundation, links to web resources, and various publications.  The app is easy to use and provides useful general information from a reliable source.  The biggest limitation is the lack of actual content.  For example, I could not read any publications or view posters without a log in for the annual meeting.  However, for AOFAS members, there is information about various courses and scholarship programs.

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Fractures

Basic app to assist with fracture classification and management

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

Fractures is published by Inter-Med, a company dedicated to creating educational medical products.  The app does not provide information about whether this was created by orthopaedic surgeons.  The purpose of the app is to provide basic fracture classification and treatment recommendations for a variety of common injuries of the skeleton.  The overall organization is simple, with the option to choose fractures based on a skeleton, list, or search feature.  We like that many fractures are included and that basic information about common classification systems and general treatment principles are provided.  We also really appreciate the abundant references and pubmed links to support the recommendations and information given.  However, fracture classification apps are typically improved with images and diagrams which we could not find in this app.  Adding images would improve the functionality and educational utility dramatically.

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My Academy

AAOS Academy Meeting 2015 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

 

My Academy is the AAOS 2015 official academy meeting app. My Academy is meant to help academy members and vendors navigate the Academy meeting. This app is a dramatic upgrade from prior academy meeting apps. I can honestly say the AAOS did it right this time. The app has features that allow you to easily search lectures and vendors, find out when and where they are and point you in the right direction with a map. The interface is friendly and easy to use. The messaging features and auto-reminders help you manage your time. The app is free with registration and will be a must have at the next Academy meeting.

 

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