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Stanford Microsurgery and Resident Training

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Upper  // 

Essentially microsurgery information, tips, and techniques from Stanford University.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 2

The SMaRT app is a free resource for anyone who performs microsurgery, or for microsurgeons in training.  The app is organized into a simple menu that includes Preparation, Practice Models, Suturing, Intra-Operative Technique, and Study Question headings.  Despite its simplistic appearance, the information is detailed, complex, and valuable.  For example, the Preparation heading includes information about instrumentation, how to set up and adjust the microscope (with associated diagrams), and explanation of sutures.   Many photos and videos are included as well, demonstrating important topics such as adjusting proper posture.  Overall, the app is very easy to navigate, a valuable resource, free, and comes from a reliable source.  I highly recommend this app as a quick reference before any microsurgical case.

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MedTools

A unified repository of surgical implants, technique guides, comparisons, and unpackaging videos.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4+

With so many orthopedic implant companies and device options, I am amazed it has taken so long for someone to create a central educational repository.  MedTools is attempting to do just that in the form of both a website and app.  The app itself is well organized with a side-bar menu organized by body part, and sub-menus organized by implant type.  For a generic implant type (ex: Volar Distal Radius Plates, or Total Knee Arthroplasty), the user can quickly see a collection of all available companies and device offerings.  In some cases (total joint arthroplasty) this can include well over 20 different implants from more than 10 companies.  Users can then select a specific implant to obtain product information such as technique guides, reference charts, and photographs of the surgical tray to help familiarize one’s self with the instrumentation.  The app and website have also started video taping “unboxing” of specific devices to ensure that surgeons and their operative staff are prepared and familiar with devices they plan to use.

Overall, this app seems to have been a long-time coming and reflects a significant investment in work and time.  I anticipate the breadth of implants will grow significantly in the near future, which should greatly increase its value and overall utility to surgeons.

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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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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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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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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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JBS Algorithms Ortho

Educational app 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Joint and Bone algorithm is an orthopedic specific app with step by step guidelines for diagnosis and treatment for a large number of orthopaedic specific issue. It was created by the Joint and Bone Science Master Center in Tehran, Iran. This app is a terrific resource to help students, residents and supporting staff through easy to read algorithms regarding basic orthopaedic problems. The strength of this app is the content and development of almost 100 musculoskeletal algorithms. I applaud the developers for the breadth of their content. While I feel the content could be presented in a more interactive manner, the content and thought that went into the algorithms is impressive. Obviously there are some serious concerns regarding the accuracy and copyright of the algorithms, outside of this major issue the algorithms are well done.

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Ortho10 Pro

Simple ICD-10 look-up for orthopaedic surgeons

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

Ortho10 is the first and only ICD-10 code look-up app specifically for orthopaedic surgeons.  The app has a very simple and intuitive interface which makes finding the proper code, and saving common codes, very easy to do.  Any user can easily find the proper code within less than 6 taps, regardless of any pre-existing knowledge of ICD-10. The app first opens to a list of body parts each on separate tiles.  Once a body part is selected, you have specific options relevant to that region, such as osteoarthritis, fracture, joint pain, sprain, etc.  As the user continues to drill down in choices they are prompted to select a more specific diagnosis, laterality of the injury or pathology, and the type of encounter (initial or subsequent, as required by ICD-10).  The user is then clearly presented with the diagnostic code and a description of the code.  At every level, there is the opportunity to move back up the selection tree and change a response.  And, once a code is selected, it can be saved in favorites for quick reference at a later time.  Overall, the app is easy to use and will be very important and useful as the mandatory transition to ICD-10 takes effect.  The app has already undergone revisions and improvements since its initial release, and we anticipate additional improvements and expansions.  There is currently a free version with all codes but limited additional features, as well as a paid version with enhancements such as “favorites” and “recently used” codes.

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MedTunnel

HIPAA-Compliant secure healthcare communication

 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

 

This app is meant to remove fax and paper from cluttering your life. MedTunnel is trying to revolutionize the way the healthcare providers share and send information. This company has provided a service that protects patient privacy, but improves communication and makes your phone easy to use. Many apps already offer HIPAA compliant text or email tools via your phone. However, MedTunnel has given users the tools to make sharing information between physicians and patients more robust by giving users the ability to email or send documents. MedTunnel is one of the only HIPAA compliant messaging services that allow a user to take a photo with their phone and turn it into a pdf file and allow pdfs to be viewed and annotated, all on a phone. These two features make the app one of the best HIPAA compliant communication tools on the market. In addition the app is only a small portion of the larger desktop platform that has been created by MedTunnel. The desktop version allows users to have more control of their content and allow all files on any desktop running MedTunnel to securely be saved to the cloud. One concern about the app is you need the desktop version to set up some of the features and without setting these features the app is not the easiest to use.  For the app to be useful to you and your practice you would need the staff and other providers in your practice to adopt the app for the best use of these features. Overall an excellent HIPAA compliant communication app for healthcare professionals.

 

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AAOS Access

Complete video content from the AAOS

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has now created a mobile app portal for access to an entire library of AAOS video content.  The AAOS Access app includes the ability to view, download, and save videos from the Orthopaedic Video Theater, previously only found on the AAOS website.  The user interface is easy to navigate, with a navigation tab on the left providing shortcuts to featured videos, special collections, or specific topics.  Videos can be downloaded for viewing, or streamed directly on the device.  Video and audio content is very good, and can be watched in full screen mode.   The current collection (March 2015) includes 414 videos, an impressive collection, and certainly more will be added in the future.  Additional features include a search function as well as a bookmark tool for easily accessing favorites.

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ASSH HandCare

Mar 23, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Top, Upper  // 

Patient handouts for upper extremity conditions made by the ASSH.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) is one of the first orthopaedic specialty societies to take a pro-active role in tablet-based patient education with release of HandCare.  The app is free, simple to understand, and easy to use.  The library of documents covers 60 of the most popular topics treated by upper extremity surgeons.  Each hand out is 1 page and includes a combination of images and text explaining cause, diagnosis, and treatment for each pathology or procedure.  The handouts are very clear and well written.  In addition, basic annotation tools including highlighting, underlining, strike-out, comments, and free-writing are provided allowing the surgeon to modify or customize these as needed, and then save a custom version as a bookmark for future access.  Once a document is selected, it can be easily shared via email as a PDF.  The app even includes 5 “anatomy templates” for sketching/teaching from a model of a hand or upper extremity muscles or bones.  Overall, a very useful app that should be duplicated by other orthopaedic specialty societies.

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ICUC

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

High-quality case-based teaching tool for orthopedic trauma.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

The ICUC app represents the future of surgical education.  Founded by orthopaedic surgeons and launched in 2014, the purpose of this app is to improve orthopaedic surgical education by sharing expert opinion on common cases through open and transparent commentary (www.ICUC.net).  The app itself is very high quality and has an intuitive user interface.

The user begins by selecting a body region, divided by bones/joints of the upper or lower extremity.  At the time of this review, about half of the bones/joints had associated teaching files. Once an area is selected, the user is presented with a library of cases, reference cases, and expert opinions.

The ICUC Library includes continuous and complete registration of every surgical procedure performed by a group of selected surgeons during a registration period, with no possibility of changes of any type to the original data for different fracture patterns.  For this reason, there exist cases with and without errors. An overview page for each case includes the AO fracture classification, assessment of outcome, approach, and highlights.  The entire case can then be downloaded and reviewed.  The case is of very high quality and includes pre-operative imaging (XR and CT), intra-operative photographs, intra-operative fluoroscopy images, post-operative XR, and post-operative clinical function.  As an example of the level of detail, the proximal humerus case I reviewed had over 170 included images and commentary.  Of note, the comments are quite honest, and appropriately critical about imperfect techniques or non-ideal outcomes.  The amount of information here is extraordinary, with just the proximal humerus having 49 detailed cases.

The Reference Cases section includes animations representing approaches and treatment techniques.  These are usually in the form of an animation and clearly represent the theory behind treatment.

The Expert Opinion section includes recommendations for various parts of the procedure.  For example, in the proximal humerus they include X-ray tips, advice for retraction of the cephalic vein, recommendations to avoid drill-tip screws, drilling tips, etc.  These reflect the opinions of experienced leaders in the field.

The interface is easy to navigate.  When cases are selected and downloaded, they are stored in the “briefcase” for easy access and reference.  Cases can then be removed as well, if additional storage space is required.

Overall, this app represents an extraordinary advancement in surgical education and transparency.  The inclusion of a high volume of cases, combined with honest expert opinion, provides the opportunity for enhanced resident and surgeon education that is not limited by geographic barriers.  I recommend this app highly for all trainees and surgeons.

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OrthoEvidence

Mobile access to OrthoEvidence, including a reading list and full ACE reports

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

OrthoEvidence is a new app that complements existing subscriptions to the OrthoEvidence product.  For more information, please see www.MyOrthoEvidence.com.  The premise of the platform is to provide “ACE” reports (Advanced Clinical Evidence Report) and improve evidence-based practice.  The app is an extension of the website and is very well designed and easy to use.

After logging in, the app has a home screen where recently added articles are populated in chronological order.  However, the menu allows for easy sorting by specialty as well.  When an article looks interesting to the reader, a quick “left swipe” allows for the option to add to reading list or add to favorites.  In this way, the user can easily scan new articles and select which ones should be saved for future review.  When ready to read, the reading and favorite lists are easy to access and list the selected articles. Impressively, the iPhone and iPad version sync with each other and selected readings on one device become available on the other (ie: select articles while “on the go” with your iPhone, but read them at a later time on your iPad). With one tap the ACE reports becomes immediately available.  For those who use OE, the ACE report has the same familiar appearance and includes links to the full text article (if available), a PubMed link, graphical representations of the Risk of Bias and Reporting score, and the synopsis and summary.  Added features include the ability to comment, rate the paper, and share via Facebook, Twitter, or Email.  The app also includes a robust search feature which includes a simple search (keyword) and advanced options (filter by date, score, bias, verification, or selected journals).  It is clear that the developers have taken every effort to create and intuitive, easy, and efficient app to complement their existing website.

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Xrays in MPS

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Students  // 

Information about xray findings in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is developed by BioMarin and includes basic information about skeletal dysplasia in mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS).   The information tabs include general disease information, basic science, and images of hips, spine, shoulders, hand, and other bone deformities in the disease.

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Hand.MD

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Upper  // 

A personal practice app for Dr. Orrin Franko 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. Orrin Franko. 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. Franko.

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TOA – Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

A personal practice app for the Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

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

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JBJS Journals

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Students, Subscription, Top  // 

Tablet access to all four JBJS titles.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3+

One of the leading orthopaedic journals, JBJS, has released a fully-functional app for searching and reading content from their four journals: The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, JBJS Reviews, JBJS Case Connector, and JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques. The app includes the functionality that would be expected of any comparable journal app: the ability to select articles, view full-text or PDF versions, search for articles or search within articles for terms, select favorites, and share articles with colleagues.  A nice feature includes the option to “Open in…” another program, allowing for easy download and transfer of PDFs into a personal archiving system or into an annotation app for future review.  The app is simple and easy to navigate without many bells and whistles.  The version I reviewed only has the current journal editions available, but hopefully archive data will be available in future.

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AOTrauma Orthogeriatrics

Dec 23, 2014   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma  // 

Educational tools for the care of older adults with fractures.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

AOTrauma releases another high-quality app to assist in the management of fracture patients, this time with a focus on geriatric patients.  Not surprisingly, the app’s interface is smooth and intuitive, separated into 4 categories: osteoporosis, delirium, anticoagulation, and pain management.  Each section is organized as a drill-down series of questions to help guide the treatment for these patients based on current literature. At every step, “background information” can be selected to see the evidence guiding each decision.  The app is simple, useful, and achieves the stated goals of helping surgeons manage common co-morbidities in elderly fracture patients.

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Insights Orthopedics

Orthopaedic journal and news aggregator with personalized information.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5

 

Insights Orthopedics is a comprehensive and visually stunning news and research aggregator for orthopedics.  With a recent redesign in October 2014, their interface has become even more streamlined and visually appealing. Using their specialized search engine, the app collects orthopaedic journals, videos, full-text articles, news, podcasts, images, clinical trials, and association information and presents it in a clear and functional format.  The app looks and feels like the “flipboard for orthopaedic surgery.” The initial landing page presents the various modules, including journal clubs from various institutions, leading journal articles, videos, upcoming events, bookmarks, and industry.  A simple swipe of the keyboard quickly scrolls through the various articles and videos permitting continued browsing of abstracts.  With the new features, thousands of institutional library subscriptions have been adding, permitting full access to the article for users.  The intuitive user interface includes the ability to bookmark resources for off-line browsing or share links via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, email, and SMS.  One of the apps most versatile features is the Aggregator function, which works as a search and includes many pre-populated key terms as well as the ability to type in your own words.

Overall, this app has the look and feel of a “top app” with a number of useful features for any orthopaedic surgeon or trainee.

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Measure Whiz

App to assist in measuring Upper Extremity range of motion from The Hand Center at the Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

 

Measure Whiz was created for use by Occupational Therapists to assist in measuring and recording upper extremity range of motion (ROM) using a mobile device. This app is intriguing as it leverages the phone’s gyroscope to measure angular differences in all three planes, but its usefulness is limited as it has minimal features, a large range of error, and is difficult to use for certain measurements. The app interface is very basic. From the home screen you can select ‘History’, ‘Range of Motion’, and ‘Assessment’. The ‘History’ and ‘Assessment’ options are just voice memos which can easily be record over accidentally.  The ROM options include Wrist, Forearm, Elbow, Shoulder, Digits with specific motion sub-options per joint. There is no option for lower extremity ROM measurements.

By selecting a specific joint and motion you can then measure the ROM live. Position the handset distal to the joint in a neutral position and press ‘Start’. Then allow the patient to move the body part being measured and then tap the ‘Finish’ Button. The ROM is displayed and updated live. The app does not lock the plane of measurement and allows ROM measurements in the X & Y plane simultaneously. This allows for different acceptable phone positions, but leads to errors in measurement with any movement out of plane. It is very sensitive & dependent on initial position when zeroed. Using the app can be difficult as you must stabilize the device against the body part being measured which can be difficult for wrist ROM and near impossible for digit ROM. It worked adequately for forearm, elbow and shoulder ROM.

A ‘New Patient’ button at the bottom of the homepage clears the app information. Multiple patient data is not supported and data is not saved for later. Data is lost when app is closed and there is no prompt when the ‘New Patient’ button is pressed, making it easy to accidentally clear the data. Overall the app is quite finicky. There are better goniometer apps out there and a real goniometer is probably better and more accurate.

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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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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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone
iPad Free* Download
Android

*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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

*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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Muller AO Classification of fractures-Long Bones

AO/OTA Classification app    

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 3

AO trauma has developed an app that reviews the Muller classification of long bone fractures. This app is a thorough review of the Muller classification that is traditionally used by the AO and OTA. The app has a nice feature that allows takes the user through a step-by-step guide with photos to help you identify and classify the fracture pattern you may be dealing with. Once you have identified the fracture classification you then get to see the x-ray of the particular fracture pattern. While this tool may be used to help residents/ancillary staff and Emergency Room physicians to communicate with orthopaedic surgeons this tool is not practical to the everyday orthopaedic surgeon. Overall, an easy to use app that is not that useful for everyday practice.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 

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.

iPhone Free/Donate Download
iPad Free/Donate Download
Android —————— Unavailable

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

JBJS Reviews

Overall: 4
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has added a new publication to their portfolio. JBJS Reviews is a dedicated online journal meant to publish clinical information in a mobile/web based format. As a result JBJS has created a new app meant to serve as the platform through which JBJS Reviews will be presented to mobile readers. JBJS’s  app has an easy to use interface that allows readers to search, create favorites and follow recent articles they have looked up. In addition, while I commonly give Journals a difficult time for using an inferior pdf viewer to read articles. JBJS Reviews allows the reader to download the pdf and read the article in any pdf viewer of their choosing. The interface to read the articles is a little buggy as buttons overlap one another. Hopefully with the next version of this app they will improve the article viewing options. Overall, a well made app that will definitely be used by the readership of the JBJS.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android —— ————–

 

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jbjs-reviews/id787553942?mt=8

PingMD (updated)

HIPAA compliant messaging

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

PingMD is a creative app to help providers securely and efficiently communicate with patients and other providers. This app creates HIPAA compliant text-messaging. If you did not know, text messaging through your phone provider does not meet HIPAA compliance guidelines. As a result, PingMD was created to fill this void. Overall the app is very user friendly and has a clean interface. Patients and other coworkers can send messages, photos and videos to help communicate with one another. The main criticism with PingMD in my prior review was that it was cumbersome to find other coworkers and patients. *PingMD has just released an update that allows users to easily find coworkers through their current phone contact list.* This update is a powerful move by PingMD. This network based app depends on other providers and patients using the app for it to be successful. Over time as more hospital systems adapt and integrate mobile health solutions this app will likely becoming an everyday part of patient and physician interactions. 

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android —- —-

 

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*

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android —- —-

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android —- —-

 

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Soon —-

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.

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

*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.

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

*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

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

*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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

 

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

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 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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

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.

 

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

OrthoMind

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Residents, Top  // 

Mobile access to OrthoMind.com, professional management for orthopaedic surgeons.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The orthopaedic practice management site www.OrthoMind.com has released an app for mobile access to posts and messages.  The app replicates many of the most popular features of the website: Clinical Posts, Business Posts, and Messages.  This includes the ability to post new messages with photos included.  The posts are viewed in the standard fashion, and I experienced no delays accessing content or viewing comments.  This is a perfect adjunct to the website for registered users.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Orthopaedics Today Europe

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents  // 

Mobile access to the Orthopaedics Today Europe magazine.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

This app is a very good mobile version of the Orthopaedics Today Europe magazine.  The app includes full access to new and old issues, including options to download the document to the device or view online.  There are nice features such as a robust search option, as well as ways to share the content via email.  Overall, a very good mobile adaptation of a useful magazine.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Wrist Repair

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Upper  // 

3D animated distal radius fracture fixation

Overall: 3
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 4

This simple app appears to be a patient education tool by demonstrating the general steps for distal radius open reduction and internal fixation.  The app consists entirely of a single annotated 3D animation that allows the user to adjust the camera angle (zoom, pan, rotation) while demonstrating the steps for distal radius fixation.  Video includes annotated descriptions of the steps as well as multiple viewing options: surgeon view, bones only, xray view, and annotation (drawing tools).  Overall a very simple app that may be educational for patients.

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British Orthopaedic Association

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Simple app to learn shoulder exam and special tests

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 2

I commend the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) for creating a mobile app for patient and surgeon education.  The app includes modules such as news, multimedia, membership information, publications, events, etc. The app is easy to navigate and includes a somewhat eclectic collection of resources for surgeons.  This app may be moderately useful for members of the BOA.

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Coastal Orthopaedics

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

A practice app for Coastal Orthopaedics in Florida.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 2

A practice app for an orthopaedic group in Florida.  This app is one of the more complete practice apps available, and includes information about the building and facilities, preparation for exams and imaging tests, physician directory with bios, location information, and the ability to make an appointment.  A very good clinical practice app.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

Gout Channel

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients  // 

An informative patient-education app about gout with advice about treatment and prevention.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app includes a plethora of information about gout, risk factors, prevention and treatment.  What the app lacks in organization and user interface, it makes up with educational material and price.  The app includes 3 section: What is gout?  Why do I have gout? and What can I do about gout?  Each heading includes multiple sub-headings with useful explanations and information to answer each question.  Unfortunately, the formatting left much to be desired on my iPhone and would not fit to the screen size, requiring finger-scrolling to read every sentence.  There are also some interesting and animated images included in the text.  Specific topics can be bookmarked for easy reference and text could be highlighted and copied, but I could not find a way to email or print the information.  Overall, this is a useful app for patients interested in learning more about gout and includes valuable information about prevention.

iPhone Free Download
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Android

Nerve Whiz

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Spine, Students, Study/Review, Top, Upper  // 

Extraordinary app with detailed and complete information about the brachial and lumbar plexes, including innervation, sensory distribution, and sites of compression.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

Developed by Zach London, MD from University of Michigan, Nerve Whiz is one of the most useful and intuitive nerve reference resources I have come across.  The app includes complete information about the course, branches, innervation, sensory distribution, and sites of compression of the brachial plexus (C5-T1) and lumbar plexus (L2-S2).  The app has multiple sections with hidden gems.  “Chart” includes a complete listing of all data, organized by either upper or lower extremity and sorted by muscle, nerve, roots, action, trunk, or cord.  The next feature is an incredible “muscle localizer” and uses an intuitive algorithm to provide the site of injury after the user selects muscles that are injured.  For example, selecting a weak “deltoid” returns localization to either C5, C6, upper trunk, posterior cord, or axillary nerve.  The diagram section utilizes a brachial plexus diagram and highlights the selected area of interest – the diagram is both intuitive and complete.  The final section, “sensory,” allows the user to point to an area of sensory loss and returns a list of potential roots and nerves that may be injured, with associated dermatome diagrams.  Overall, this extraordinary reference app should be in the pocket of every medical student and orthopaedic, neurologic, or neurosurgical trainee.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Heel Thy Tendon

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Top  // 

Lightweight informational app for patients with foot tendinopathy including information about the disease and treatments.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

Heel Thy Tendon (creative name) was developed by an orthopaedic surgeon from Lewisburg, PA and includes general information about 4 common types of foot tendinopathy.  The app begins by asking the patient to select the area of pain and isolates either Achilles tendinopathy, posterior tibial tendinopathy, peroneal tendinopathy, or plantar fasciitis. Each section includes a powerpoint with generic information and treatment options (surgery, platelet rich plasma, shockwave therapy, and non-operative treatment).  There is also a text-based summary of each condition.  Overall, the app provides general information about four common causes of foot pain and may be useful for patients looking to learn more about chronic foot pain and to help guide them to an appropriate specialist.

iPhone Free Download
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Android

HandMD

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Upper  // 

A personal practice app for the hand surgery practice of Dr. Jeffrey Wint in Springfield, MA.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is a personal practice app for Dr. Jeffrey Wint.  The app includes information about Dr. Wint, including office information, location, hours, Twitter feed, and various podcasts.  A tab also includes various academic and professional achievements, including education/training information and recent awards.  Users can send a private message to Dr. Wint via the app.

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Android

SG Sports & Ortho

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients  // 

A surprisingly informative general orthopaedic app made by and promoting the practice of Dr. Kevin Yip at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app appears to be created by Dr. Kevin Yip and contains a good amount of general orthopaedic patient information.  The app itself is divided into 3 categories: injury, rehab, and videos.  The injury tab uses a tap-forward navigation scheme to selection the area and injury to learn about.  I counted about 30 topics, ranging from sciatica to carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendon rupture, or ingrown toe nail.  Each sub-section includes a paragraph about the condition and information about causes, prevention, and various treatment options supplemented by images of average quality. The rehab section includes information about exercises (passive, active, lower back, and shoulder).  There is also general information about platelet-rich plasma, as well as tips about preparing for your surgery.  Overall, this app seems to be geared for Dr. Yip’s practice, but still offers some generic information for curious patients.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

iSplint

Dec 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Trauma, Upper  // 

A light-weight splinting reference designed for emergency department physicians.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

iSplint has features not present in other splinting apps, including fully native videos demonstrating splint application.  The app was created by an emergency medicine physician at George Washington University, giving it credibility.  Unfortunately, the selection of splints is limited to thumb spica, triple S, radial gutter, dorsal hand, sugar tong (upper extremity), posterior ankle, and sugar tong (lower extremity).  Aside from non-traditional orthopaedic terminology for some of these splints, the application of splints are all demonstrated using fiberglass with minimal padding.  This is somewhat of a deviation from traditional orthopaedic splint application.  In addition to the video demonstration, there is a “discussion” for each splint which links to a table that offers an image of the applied splint, application tips, and provides very brief indications.  Overall, this app is focused more towards emergency department staff, as advertised.  However, orthopaedic providers should be aware of this application and consider recommending it to colleague for simple splint applications.

iPhone Free Download
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Android

Top Ortho “App”

Download the www.TopOrthoApps.com iPhone app!  You’re already on the website, why not have on-the-go access direct from your iPhone?  This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

This app has all of the best Top Ortho App lists that you’re used to: Top Apps, Free Apps, iPad Apps, Journals, Sports Apps, and much more!  Full reviews and screenshots are all available for free.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Skeleton System Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Students, Study/Review, Top, Under $5  // 

Full-featured 3D anatomy models with support for 3D rotation, various anatomy layers, cross-sectional slices, annotations, and video demonstrations.

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 5+

Skeleton System Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format. In the skeletal system, any region of the body is selected for a more focused view. The relevant body part is presented with skin covering, and different anatomical layers can then be “unwrapped” sequentially through the body.  The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  In addition to the different layers, the view can be manipulated freely.  All body parts can be rotated in the horizontal plan through 360 degrees rotation.  In addition, axial, coronal, and sagittal slices can be taken through various levels of each joint or body part.  The app includes “pins” which already identify every possible structure of every layer.  In addition, most of the apps in the series include videos demonstrating relevant surgical procedures or common pathologies.  These demonstrations are very high quality.  The app includes a “pen” feature for drawing on the screen, however doodles are not saved and disappear once the pen is turned off.  There is even a separate button to turn vessels on and off.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, based on their accuracy, level of control, and video demonstrations.  Ideal for health care students and possibly even for surgical preparation.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $14.99 Download
Android

Arthrosurface

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products  // 

3D virtual knee models promoting Arthrosurface products.

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Arthrosurface has released this app presumably for patient education and demonstration of normal and abnormal knee kinematics.  The app is very simple and opens directly to the 3D image of their knee model.  Finger swipes allow for either 360 degree rotational manipulation or range of motion.  There are 3 views: normal, disease, and surgery.  You can also elect to view the implant alone.  Overall, the app is limited in functionality and as a demonstration of knee motion and implants, there are other apps with a much greater feature set.

iPhone
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Biomet Bone Model

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Residents  // 

3D virtual bone models of Biomet’s knee, hip, and shoulder solutions.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Biomet enters the world of device apps with “Bone Model” as a way to educate patients and demonstrate their knee, hip, and shoulder implants.  Each module has a 3D model that can be spun 360 degrees in real time with a finger swipe.  A slider bar along the bottom of the screen manipulates joint motion, and pins over the model identify specific structures. Each module has different demonstrations of normal anatomy, damaged anatomy (osteoarthritis), and implants.  There are options to turn on/off bones, ligaments, cartilage, and annotations.

iPhone
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Android

Stryker ARIA Spine

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Patients, Products, Spine  // 

Animated and 3D models of the Stryker ARIA Spine system.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Stryker has expanded their diverse collection of apps with an animated technique guide for their ARIA spine system.  The app, based on Visible Body technology, offers a walk-through of their equipment and procedure with the ability to change the camera orientation, zoom, show/remove anatomical parts or surgical equipment, and provides audio and text guidance to the user.  Overall, the use of interactive 3D models makes for a pleasant user interface that is very impressive.  The app would be most appropriate for trainees preparing for a case, an operating room tech familiarizing themselves with a procedure, or a patient who wants to better understand their operation.

iPhone
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Android

AAOS eBooks

Full-featured app for downloading and reading books in your AAOS bookshelf library. Text and images are all very clean and apps runs smoothly.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

AAOS eBooks, that provides mobile access to titles purchased from their web-based store. As of writing, the store includes 8 popular titles, but is expected to increase to over 30 titles within the next few months.  Unfortunately purchases cannot be made directly through the app, but rather must be paid for on the website.  In addition, although the app asks users to log in via their AAOS username and password, this is an error and rather users must register at the AAOS eBookstore website (www.ebooks.aaos.org) to gain login information. After logging in, users can view the books they have purchased and can download them selectively, ranging in size from about 10-80 Mb.  Once downloaded, the text viewer has typical options, including the ability to change the font, change text size, adjust brightness, highlight text, make notes, and place bookmarks.  The annotation functions are primitive, at best, and even the instructions for highlighting require 4 separate steps each time.  The books themselves are of high quality, text is crisp, and images are clear, however the user cannot increase the image size, which often prevents fully appreciating many of the detailed illustrations.  Because books are downloaded to the device, they are accessible even without internet access, which is a valuable feature.  The app is still primitive in its feature set and title selection.  In addition, some books, such as OKU 10, already ship with a CD that includes a digital PDF version of the book, which is much easier to read and annotate using any of the popular PDF readers for mobile devices.

iPhone
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Android

VCF Mobile

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Spine, Trauma  // 

Free information about vertebral compression fractures from Medtronic, including a description of balloon kyphoplasty and the Medtronic VCF product line.

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

The app provides general information and images about vertebral compression fractures while simultaneously promoting Medtronic’s line of VCF products.  The app runs well, and is divided into various sections, such as VCF, Product Info, Literature, Requests, and Dr. Look-up.  The general VCF information is basic level information appropriate for patients and includes drawings and videos, as well as “risks of VCF.”  In addition, there is an expended information module about balloon kyphoplasty.  The product information section includes the ability to request waiting room brochures and study abtracts.  The literature section is actually quite useful, and has 5 selected studies (obviously supporting balloon kyphoplasty) with summaries of the findings and results. Overall, the app provides some information for patients and may help surgeons reference a small subset of the available literature and request patient information material.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

Bone and Joint

Full-featured app for reviewing and sharing JBJS (British), Bone & Joint Research, and Bone & Joint 360.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

The British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery has also leapt into the mobile world with Bone and Joint, an iPad and iPhone app for viewing their collection of publications: The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (British), Bone & Joint Research, and Bone & Joint360. The app is available for free, however the full text version requires either a personal subscription or institutional access.  The reading pane includes a sidebar for browsing the current or previous issue organized by table of contents.  When an article is selected, the user can either view “abstract” or “full text.”  The full-text version appears in a condensed format, with tables and figures accessible via direct links.  In addition, all references can be directly tapped to link directly to the abstract.  The user can also choose to “download PDF” which opens the document with options for full screen viewing as well as sharing.  The share feature is surprisingly functional: the app generates an email that attaches the full-text PDF article.  Other features contained within the app include the ability to view only images and figures, select articles as favorites, full-text search capabilities, and history browsing.  All three journals named above are viewed in the same format, however users only have access to journals that are specifically included in their personal or institutional access.  Overall, very smooth integration of multiple journals and institutional access.  The ability to directly attach PDF articles to emails is a very useful feature.

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Android

 

Biolox

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Reference  // 

CeramTec’s product information app about their line of ceramic hip arthroplasty products with useful animated videos.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

For surgeons who already use CeramTec products, or who are interested in learning more about ceramic technology, this app includes a lot of useful information.  Four products are highlighted: the ball, insert, DUO, and OPTION.  Each section includes product information, as well as tips, handling recommendations, brochures, and news.   A number of high quality animations are included and fun to watch.   The app also includes news articles and brochures from the company, which might be useful to some surgeons, but difficult to read on an iPhone.

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Android

OrthoNow

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Practice app for Dr. Badia’s walk-in orthopaedic clinic in South Florida.

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

This practice-specific app is for Dr. Badia in South Florida. It includes information about the practice location, about the practice and surgeon, a brief description of services provided, some general FAQ questions, and contact information.

iPhone Free Download
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OrthoRef Lite

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

A free version of a list-based reference of orthopaedic classification systems from the creator of NeuroMind, one of the top Neurosurgery apps.  This version only includes 60 scores for free.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

From the creator of top-app NeuroMind, this app attempts to provide a comprehensive list of orthopaedic classification systems and decision support for orthopaedic surgeons and trainees.  The lite version only includes 60 scores for free, but the remaining 40 require the full version.  The app is organized into 3 sections: scores, decision support, and “other.”  Currently the app is in its infancy and is limited by the number of scores available, as well as a lack of images.  In total, this app currently contains over 100 scoring and classification systems.  The list is organized by body part, and for the most part, many of the most common systems are included.  Unfortunately, the app is limited by the fact that there are no images provided to assist with fracture descriptions, which are relatively succinct and difficult to understand if not already familiar with a particular injury scoring system.  The decision support tab provides assistive scoring tools for 9 different injuries, including SLIC, TLICS, and stroke risk in AF.  These are definitely helpful.  The “other” section includes links to a safe surgery checklist as well as the TEDx talk given by the app’s creator, Pieter Kubben.  Overall, this app is most appropriate for surgeons already familiar with a particular classification system and who need a reminder about the details.

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Android

EBSS.live

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Tumor  // 

An orthopaedic spine trauma literature search tool for finding articles about spine surgery, full abstracts, and levels of evidence.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

AO Foundation has created a unique and useful tool that is a great resource for residents, students,  and orthopaedic surgeons alike who perform spine surgery.  The app is organized by subtopic: Trauma, Tumor, Deformity, Degeneration, Infection, and Metabolic/Inflammatory/Genetic spine diseases.  In total, the app includes over 3800 peer-reviewed clinical articles applicable to spine surgery.  The user can also search by key word, and can presumably find relevant articles related to very specific topics.  The search algorithm appears to apply to the title, as well as the abstract.  In addition, the app easily identifies the level of evidence for each article, provides the full abstract, and links to the Pubmed abstract.  Overall, while smart phones are typically not the platform of choice to browse the literature, this app is certainly worth a look.

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iPad
Android

Traumaline

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Reference, Residents, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

An orthopaedic trauma literature search tool organized by body part and published by the AO foundation to organize peer-review articles and evaluate levels of evidence.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

AO Foundation has created a unique and useful tool that is a great resource for residents, students,  and orthopaedic surgeons alike.  Organized by body part (with a familiar appearance to those who use the AO Surgery app), this app has classified over 5500 peer-reviewed articles applicable to the treatment of orthopaedic fractures.  The user can search by body part as well as key word, and can presumably find relevant articles related to specific trauma topics.  The search algorithm appears to apply to the title, as well as the abstract.  In addition, the app easily identifies the level of evidence for each article, provides the full abstract, and links to the Pubmed abstract.  Overall, while smart phones are typically not the platform of choice to browse the literature, this app is certainly worth a look.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

Ombro e Cotovelo

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Patients, Reference, Upper  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for orthopaedic shoulder and elbow pathology.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this app appears to offer a significant amount of general information about shoulder and elbow pathology… in Portuguese.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

OrtoClass

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Lower, Non-English, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for orthopaedic trauma classification systems.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this app appears to closely mimic the English-language “OrthoClass” app that received very high reviews.  The only difference is that this one is in Portuguese.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

TumorOsseo

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Reference, Residents, Tumor  // 

A Portuguese-language iPhone app for musculoskeletal tumors.

Overall: NR
Functionality: NR
Coolness: NR

Unfortunately, I do not speak Portuguese and cannot evaluate this app based on its merits.  However, from playing around with the menus, this appears to be a very functional tool that includes a plethora of information about musculoskeletal tumors.  …and it’s in Portuguese.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

Mobile Coder Foot and Ankle

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Subscription  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This is a useful coding app designed specifically for surgeons who perform foot and ankle surgery.  The app download is free and allows the user to view all sections, however the complete 12-section download require an in-app purchase of $49.99. The taskbar is organized into four sections.  The “patients” tab allows the user to add patient records and includes information such as facility, date/time, patient info, assistant, and comments.  That record can then be associated with the second section: CPT.  CPT codes are organized by body region and separated by the usual CPT categories.  A search function is available, and the user can identify favorite codes to save time during future entries.  The codes themselves include options to include modifiers and the interface is easy to navigate.  The third tab is a patient history section, and the fourth tab is a configuration tab where the user can enter facilities and surgical assistants.  The program includes help alerts for every screen that are initially informative, but must be turned off in the configuration tab because they quickly become bothersome.  Overall, the app is one of many coding apps available and will appeal to many surgeons, however there does not appear to be support for ICD-9 codes if that is an important feature to you.

iPhone Free* Download
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Android

Zimmer 411

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Top  // 
Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

Zimmer’s product application has beautifully integrated both patient and surgeon information is a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing design that has quickly become one of the lead orthopaedic apps on the market.  Clearly designed to promote information about Zimmer products, the app focuses on Patient Stories, Causes of Pain, Treatment Options, Know When You’re Ready, and Joint Replacement.  The integration of videos, teaching diagrams and illustrations, interactive animations, and peri-operative guidance is unmatched by other orthopaedic implant companies.  One of the strongest features of the app is the combination of patient information as well as “surgeon tools.”  By selecting the surgeon tools drop-down tab, a entirely new library of information becomes available including 3D animations, diagrams, procedure videos, product listings, and x-rays.  Overall, this app is a powerful supplement to any physician performing hip and knee arthroplasty, and especially to those who utilize or want to learn more about Zimmer products.

iPhone
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Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is a journal reader for issues of the Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual by Hospital Physician. At the time of review (March 2012), the app includes 6 issues: Patellofemoral Pain, Thermal Injuries in the Extremities, Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head, etc.  Each “issue” reads like a regular journal with advertisements, a table of contents, and full journal contents.  However, because each issue is on a single topic, the contents include an introduction, anatomy, pathogenesis, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, etc.  The app is clear, quick, and easy to navigate.  The articles are easy to read and include a plethora of useful information.  Although it is not clear whether this will remain free in the future – it is currently available at no cost and supported by advertising.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Aesculap OrthoPilot USA

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This product marketing app demonstrates and educates surgeons about Aesculap’s surgical navigation system.  The app is organized by category: HipSuite, KneeSuite, and SportsMedSuite.  Each section highlights the products available, and a further drill-down menu includes information about special cases, product documents, images, videos, and links.  The app navigation was slow at times, and videos often required extra time to load.  However, the step-by-step guides for using the navigation system could be quite helpful to a surgeon interested in using this device.  Overall, the app includes a few glitches, but is available for free on both iPad and iPhone.

iPhone Free Download
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Android

I.T.S. InfoPoint

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app demonstrates the products made by I.T.S., a medical device company in Austria that develops titanium implants. The app includes many of the features expected from a device company app, including general information, a catalog and description of implants, sub-sections for upper and lower extremities, and a product overview video.  In addition, there is a “fracture classifications” section that assists a surgeon by allowing the user to select a body part from a diagram, then select the fracture pattern – and the app will list the relevant implants.  Selecting on an implant includes typical information such as features, xrays, indications, and a surgical technique PDF.  Overall, many of the features are “empty” and do not include information, and thus the app currently lacks completeness.  Overall, however, this is a great app for surgeons using these devices.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

FlipChart for Spine

Mar 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Products, Spine  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is created by Stryker as a patient education tool for surgeons treating degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis.  The app is organized into charts, my charts, and “create a chart.”  The established “charts” are like slideshows with text, images, and diagrams that teach patients about their disease. The “create a chart” feature allows the user to add text and comments to the educational image-based slide show to add commentary within the chart.  A pen is available to mark the background or highlight particular areas of the image.  Once complete, the chart appears in the “my charts” tab for later reference.  Thus, a surgeon could spend some time creating a personalized chart for his/her surgeries and then use that chart to education patients in clinic about what the procedure will entail.  Overall, the user interface is very simple and easy to navigate and the app is well-made.  As a patient education tool, this may be useful for surgeons who have time to explain the details of surgery to patients accompanied by images.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Tumorpedia Lite

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the free version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes a selected collection of 28 orthopaedic tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is a useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.

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Android Free Download

CCJR Mobile

Feb 20, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Reference, Residents, Top  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4

Based on the Current Concepts in Joint Review (CCJR) live meetings, this app serves as a mobile version of the conference with information about speakers, topics, and the ability to download full videos.  From the home screen, the user can select a talk from an extensive list of speakers and topics (about 125 lectures) from the 2011 Spring meeting.  Selecting a particular lecture includes an abstract summary of the talk, as well as the option to immediately download the full video (WiFi not required).  Most videos appear to be 6 min in length and download in 1-2 minutes using 3G.  The other modules in the app reorganized the data by Topic, as well as by Speaker.  The app also includes a search feature, which appears to only search the titles of individual lectures, but not the associated abstracts.  Overall, there are few negative remarks that one can make about this well-made, well-organized app that offers over 100 brief lectures on relevant topics by leaders in the field. Currently, this app is offered for free, and would be useful to any surgeons, residents, or fellows who perform total joint arthroplasty.  The App Store summary suggests that future updates will offer premium modules with expanded information at a price.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Hospital for Special Surgery: Top Ranked Hospital

Feb 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

 

A personal practice app for the Hospital for Special Surgery, this app provides comprehensive patient information about orthopaedics and the hospital system.  Unlike other orthopaedic practice apps, the developers have included patient information for 40 common orthopaedic conditions with links to more information online.  Under the Treatment heading, all hospital staff is listed, either by name or specialty, with a brief CV and practice contact information. The Rehabilitation tab includes affiliated rehab centers, and the Wellness tab lists affiliated Yoga, Pilates, and T’ai Chi classes.  The app includes a hospital map, contact information, and links to social media and podcasts.  This app is most useful to current or prospective patients, or those in the greater New York area.  Overall, a complete and well-designed patient-information app.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Dr. DeGroot On Line

Feb 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Business, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

 

A personal practice app for Dr. DeGroot, this provides patient information about the practice, credentials, e-mail information, location, and phone number.  No general medical information is provided.  Probably only useful for current or prospective patients in the greater Boston area.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android Free Download

 

Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center

Feb 3, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Business, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

 

A personal practice app for the Andrews Center, this provides patient information about the practice, appointment information, contact information, location, and links to the website.  Expanded patient information about the practice is provided through a web portal.  This app is probably only useful for current or prospective patients, or those in the greater Birmingham area.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
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Medscape

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

 

Medscape is a familiar name among physicians, and their well-designed app extends the functionality of their website into a mobile format.  Using the same login (free), users are provided with headlines based on their selected specialty.  For example, when logged in as “orthopaedics” the headlines include information about metal-on-metal hips, PPI and hip fracture risk, and an article on orthopaedic surgery rates – all headlines link to a full article and include audio or video, if available. The app is then divided into three sections.  The News icon expands upon the headline articles and are specific to your specialty. The Reference icon includes information about drugs, diseases & conditions, procedures, and more. The third icon is Education, includes CME approved articles which can be used to earn CME credit.  The Reference section can be especially useful; articles are incredibly detailed about a broad spectrum of orthopaedic conditions and are written by professionals in the field with references provided.  In addition, the Musculoskeletal Procedures section has an impressive collection of common orthopaedic techniques, such as splinting and joint/tendon injections.  The content of the Medscape app is an expansive collection of free information that would be useful to any provider.  The only challenge is how to find what you’re looking for.  Thankfully, the app has a great search functionality which is both accurate and incredibly fast.  Overall, the app is highly recommended for any provider, and by registering as an orthopaedic surgeon online, the news headlines become even more relevant.

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Android Free Download

 

iOrtho+

An-all inclusive physical exam and special test app including images, videos, and artwork to demonstrate the proper execution of each test.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This app is a comprehensive mobile orthopaedic guide that includes physical exam tests and mobilizations.  Although the app can be downloaded for free, only a limited number of exam tests and mobilizations are available until the $14.99 in-app purchase is made.  The app includes over 200 special physical exam tests, separated by body part.  For example, rotator cuff tests are divided by muscle, and subscapularis tests include lift-off (Gerber), internal rotation lag, belly press, belly-off, and bear-hug.  Each test includes a picture demonstrating the test, a brief description of the technique and interpretation, and Stat/Ref which summarizes the clinical evidence supporting the test’s sensitivity, specificity, and +/- liklihood ratios (with references provided).  A great feature is the addition of video for many of the tests.  The mobilizations section includes over 80 techniques images and descriptions.

The app underwent a recent update which now includes medical screening tests to rule out visceral pathology, impressive dermatome artwork, deep tendon reflex testing, C-spine screens such as NEXUS and Canadian spine rules, agility-functional testing for the lower extremity, and enhanced reference list to > 1100 sources, statistical data that includes clustering of ortho tests to enhance evidence-based clinical decision making.  And, if a desired test is not available, the app includes an “add your own test” section.

Overall, the app is best designed for medical students or junior residents who are learning the orthopaedic physical exam and special tests.  The app is very high quality for the extensive information and value it provides.

iPhone Free + $14.99 Download
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Android Free + $14.99 Download

Dragon Medical Search

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Top, Utilities  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Nuance has expanded their collection of voice dictation apps with a free app designed specifically for searching medical sites with speech.  The format is similar to the Dragon Search app, however after speaking a search phrase, the app simultaneously presents search results from Google, Medscape, Medline, drugs.mobi, and IMO.  Most providers are familiar with these sites, and when searching a phrase such as “femur fracture” the search engines returned relevant sites, articles, and information.  When searching a drug name, information from drugs.mobi was very useful with regards to dosing, side effects, and interactions.  The IMO search tab was incredibly useful for searching ICD9 codes and returned a complete list of relevant diagnostic codes for any pathology named.  Once again, Nuance has created a free app that can be of great value.  The app is limited by the fact that an internet is always required, however the utility of searching ICD9 codes from your phone is well worth the price (free).

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Aesculap Spine MIS Thoracolumbar

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Spine  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

This app is a product information app for Aesculap MIS devices.  The app is divided into three sections: Philosophy, Products, and Training Courses.  The Philosophy section is organized into a three-page PDF brochure with information about minimally invasive spine surgery. The products section promotes four of their products, and include a movie showcasing their products, the product brochure, the surgical technique guide, example radiographic images, links to their website, and instructions for use (although the information section states that the app is not intended to provide technical advice or instructions). The training courses section includes brochures about their training courses (“Aesculap Academy”), but links to their website for full information.   Overall, the app is designed to promote Aesculap products and otherwise has little value to orthopaedic practitioners or patients.

iPhone Free Download
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Android

Shoulder Classification

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is likely to be overlooked and under-rated, but I believe it is a hidden gem.  Someone (no developer or contact information is provided) has compiled an incredibly comprehensive list of injury and disease classification systems about the shoulder with their associated primary literature reference.  The app is organized into list format, and the main list tree includes conditions such as AC joint, Acromion, SLAP, Calcific Tendonitis, etc.  Then, upon selecting a particular condition or injury, you see multiple different classification systems that have been published for that particular topic.  This list is very comprehensive and utilizes the most common classification systems, as well as those less frequently employed.  Each description includes a reference to the primary literature source, a brief description, and typically includes an associated image when appropriate.  Overall, the developers of this small, simple, and free app have done a phenomenal job of compiling classification systems for shoulder pathology.

 

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OITE Strategy

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, provides free advice for orthopaedic residents taking the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE).  The app is divided into 4 sections: topics, resources, method, and contact.  The topics include valuable information regarding the prevalence of particular types of questions based on published data. For example, the Tumor sub-heading provides the user with the most commonly tested orthopaedic tumors for the past 10 years. Other sub-headings estimate the number of questions expected to be on a given test. The resources section provides a useful list of peer-reviewed publications that address OITE-related topics, such as analyses of the most commonly tested topics, as well as the average scores for the 2009 exam. The Methods section reviews general multiple-choice techniques, and the contact section provides a phone number, email and website: www.bonetumor.org.  Interestingly, the site appears to be an incredibly detailed, expansive, and valuable listing of bone tumors and their presentation, diagnosis, and treatment accompanied by xray and pathologic images.  Overall, this app provides interesting and useful information for orthopaedic residents and provides additional resources for more information.  When testing on an iPhone, the app ran surprisingly slow and required nearly 15 seconds to initiate.  The app appears to be a “teaser” app encouraging residents to purchase other apps by the same developer, OITE Tumor and OITE Buzzwords.

 

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Android Free Download

 

CARE for Patients

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Sports, Subscription, Top, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

 

This app and service sets the standard for the future of mobile medicine.  Created by physical therapists, the app is an extension of the CARE subscription service available to surgeons which 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.

The power of this application, however, is a surgeon’s ability to create a fully customizable practice website and personalized app.  Thus, when a patient is enrolled he/she will only see information and post-operative protocols that have been specifically selected by their surgeon.  In essence, the app allows any orthopaedic surgeons to have their own personal app for patients.

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 and the service is currently being used by various academic and private practices nationwide.

***Special Offer: for surgeons/practices interested in learning more about CARE for Patients™, mention “TopOrthoApps” and receive a 10% discount on any enrollment!***

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Mobile Coder Hand & Wrist

Dec 29, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference, Subscription, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

 

This is a useful coding app designed specifically for surgeons who perform hand surgery.  The app download is free and includes 2 sections, however the complete 14-sections download require an in-app purchase of $49.99. The taskbar is organized into four sections.  The “patients” tab allows the user to add patient records and includes information such as facility, date/time, patient info, assistant, and comments.  That record can then be associated with the second section: CPT.  CPT codes are organized by body region and separated by the usual CPT categories.  A search function is available, and the user can identify favorite codes to save time during future entries.  The codes themselves include options to include modifiers and the interface is easy to navigate.  The third tab is a patient history section, and the fourth tab is a configuration tab where the user can enter facilities and surgical assistants.  The program includes help alerts for every screen that are initially informative, but must be turned off in the configuration tab because they quickly become bothersome.  Overall, the app is one of many coding apps available and will appeal to many surgeons, however there does not appear to be support for ICD-9 codes if that is an important feature to you.

 

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Android

OrthoClass

Dec 29, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Pediatrics, Residents, Trauma  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

 

A fracture classification reference, this app has an intuitively simple interface with the potential for great utility when describing/classifying fractures.  The apps is divided into 2 main sections: adult and pediatric trauma.  Sub-classifications include various joints and bones with matching thumbnail images to orient the user.  Once selecting a specific region (i.e. distal radius), the app then presents multiple classification systems for that region (i.e. Frykman, AO, Fernandez, Melone, Universal, etc.) as well as their accompanying images (typically taken directly from the primary source), and references.  Having such a well-organized reference list is worth the download in itself.  It is worth noting that the summaries for each fracture are brief, and presented only in table format.  Thus, this app is clearly designed for physicians/trainees who already have a basic knowledge of the fracture pattern and involved structures. Lastly, the app has a useful “search” function which worked very well.  Overall, a good reference app for trainees and surgeons needing to classify many fracture patterns.

 

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Paley Growth

Dec 27, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

 

This app is a useful utility for any orthopaedic surgeon or physician who treats limb-length discrepencies or needs a limb-length, trunk-height, or total height prediction tool.  Based on the publications and equations developed by Dr. Paley, and produced by Dr. Paley himself, the app is organized into 6 sections: discrepancy, bone length, fetal, height, sitting height, achondroplasia, and “other charts” which includes supporting tables, charts, and diagrams.  Each main section is organized into sub-categories to help a provider identify the appropriate equation.  Once the proper function as been selected, the app is as easy as entering the patients age, gender, and relevant values (limb length, current height, discrepancy, etc.).  Overall, the app provides  a free and invaluable tool for physicians who use the multiplier method in their clinical practice.

 

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

 

Bones, Joints & Muscles

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 1

Bones, Joints & Muscles is a patient-education resource designed for patients to learn about diseases as they relate to the musculoskeletal system.  The app has a simple design that consists of a list of pathologies in alphabetical order.  Each topic includes 1-5 brief paragraphs that include general information about each disease.  The app does not include images or video, and does not include contact information for providers that can take care of the diseases, a feature available in other similar applications.  The user does have the option to email the information.  Overall, the app can provide very basic and general information to patients, but other apps provide similar information with the assistance of images, video, and greater depth.

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Android

ShoulderDoc

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

ShoulderDoc is an app created by Dr. Len Funk, who manages shoulderdoc.co.uk.  The app reflects the website and includes an impressive amount of information designed to educate patients about shoulder conditions, pathology, and surgery using a combination of images, text, animations, and video.  Like its website counterpart, the user can browse topics, learn about undergoing surgery, watch videos, and can even answer a few questions to obtain their diagnosis.  Each section includes text descriptions that align with visually appealing images.  Overall, the app can serve as a useful educational tool for patients who have shoulder pathology and would like to learn more about their disease.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

SportsMed

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Sports, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

SportsMed joins the series of RSS-feed apps to organize sports medicine-related abstracts into a single app.  Like other apps in this series (BoneFeed, BoneCast, HandFeed), the user can personalize which RSS feeds are presented along the home row from a list of feeds included with the app.  For SportsMed, the list includes AJSM, Arthroscopy, Sports Med Arthr, Brit J Sports Med, and a variety of other feeds.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way to keep up-to-date with the latest sports publications.

iPhone Free Download
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Orthopedics Hyperguide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, News, Residents, Study/Review  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

The Orthopedics Hyperguide app is a CME app with a variety of orthopaedic educational resources.  The app includes modules for learning, testing, and review.   The home screen allows the user to search and view videos, podcasts, tutorials, and lectures on various topics. The user can then create quizzes from a large Q-bank of questions. According to the app, there are nearly 4,000 unique questions available.  The module section suggests there are over 300 different educational resources available.  Overall, this app has the potential to be very useful for learning, reviewing, and testing and can potentially provide CME credit as well.

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IOS Fixator

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Trauma  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4+

IOS Fixator blends the iPhone/iPad’s touch screen with patient imaging to create a very impressive tool for pre-operative templating using the IOS fixation device.  The app consists of 2 sections.  First, the PDF user guides are available for the IOS fixation device and the STORM (Saffordshire orthopaedic reduction machine).  The second part of the app includes a templating program to use with the external fixator.  First, the user acquires an xray of the patient’s fracture (a sample is provided in the app).  Next, a sizing template is calibrated, and the user then outlines the fracture corners.  Once the fracture is contained, the fragment becomes “free” for the user to realign with the distal or proximal fracture fragment.  The final step provides template guides for the user to align with the newly reduced fracture image. Overall, the concept is impressive and well-execute.  Unfortunately, this app is only useful for providers who currently use the IOS fixator device.  An expansion to other types of external fixator or internal fixation devices would be impressive and very useful.  Nevertheless, the ability to manipulate a fracture from your iPhone or iPad is likely a taste of future emerging technologies.

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Hallux Angles

Oct 16, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, Lower, Residents  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is a great idea and a novel integration of technology that uses the camera, touch screen, and computational power to help surgeons measure hallux valgus angles based on an xray.  The app first presents the user with a drawing of a foot and identifies the intermetatarsal angle, the distal metatarsal angle, and the hallux valgus angle.  The user selects which angle to measure, and the app pulls up the camera and prompts the user to align the screen with the metatarsal or phalangeal shafts.  It then calculates the angle and presents them on the initial drawing with the option to save and email the image, if desired.  Overall, the app is a great idea and smooth mixing of technologies.  Unfortunately, making the angle measurement dependent on the user’s ability to hold still and keep the camera a constant distance from the image, which has the potential to introduce “noise” into the calculation.  Because most PACS systems are now well-equipped to measure angles, this app is not useful to individuals who use electronic imaging. However, for someone with printed xrays and without a protractor, this app can provide an objective measurement for an otherwise subjective assessment.

Cost: Free
Download Hallux Angles Here

Stryker IVS

Oct 16, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Spine  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

Similar to other product- and device-driven applications, Stryker IVS provides information for about Stryker’s line of spine surgery products.  The app is divided into 4 sections: procedures, products, physicians, and sharing.  One unique aspect to this app is that it appears to be aimed for both surgeons and patients.  For example, under the procedures and products sections, there are brief descriptions of the disease or procedure (disc decompression, for example) followed by resources such as videos, images, and documents geared towards both patient education (simplified animated media) as well as surgeon education (product guides and specifications).  Of course, Stryker products are presented adjacent to the pathologies they are intended to treat.  The photos and videos are informative and can help patients understand their disease.  The third section, physicians, returns the contact information of physicians and medical centers within Stryker’s database of spine providers (or so it seems).  I am not entirely certain how this list is generated, but the medical offices that the app presents are all spine or pain centers.  The final section, sharing, is where the user can select documents (product guides) in the products section of the app and then send those apps via email.  Overall, the app is well-made and presents a plethora or medical information, device information, and patient education material in a relatively small and easy-to-navigate interface.  I recommend it for any provider using these devices or for patients interested in learning more about Stryker’s products.

Cost: Free
Download Stryker IVS Here

Synthes

Oct 16, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4

Like many other device company apps, the Synthes app can serve as a library and educational resource for surgeons and trainees with regards to Synthes products.  The app is not exclusively for orthopaedic surgeons, and also includes CMF and Vet products, in addition to their Trauma and Spine product lines.  The app comes in both iPad and iPhone versions, which each have navigation interfaces designed specifically for the size of each device. On the iPhone, navigation is simple and consistent with other Synthes product websites by allowing the user to view Key Technologies, Browse by Anatomy, Synthes Solutions, Clinical Resources, and General Resources.  As the user advances through the drill-down navigation screens, more information and more options are provided including images, AO classification systems for the relevant body part, and case studies demonstrating use of their products.  The app is clearly designed for providers, not patients, and hosts a wealth of information that ranges from general tips and techniques to useful images and guides for specific products.  Useful features include in-app links to the Synthes Resident program, Synthes Surgeon.com, and the ability to search the app for a particular product. One limitation of the app is that it requires updates on a weekly basis, which can be frustrating when trying to access information quickly.  Otherwise, the app is well-made, complete, and provides useful information to any surgeon who uses Synthes products.

Cost: Free
Download Synthes Here

Leg.Fractures

Oct 10, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Trauma  // 

Overall: 2+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app was designed by physicians for providers treating lower limb injuries in the UK.  The app has 7 sections: patients, standards-1, standards-2, arterial supply, surface markings, fasciotomies, and pinning of tibia.  The first three sections describe which patients these guidelines apply to, and the “standards” section essentially lists the guidelines that should be performed for these types of patients.  The next 4 sections provide visual aids to inform the reader of the relevant anatomy in regards to the arterial supply, surface landmarks of the leg, cross-section of the leg for fasciotomies, and safe locations for ex-fix pin placement using cross-sectional slices.  Overall, the information presented is very brief yet can serve as a quick refresher for a trainee or surgeon already familiar with the procedure(s).  However, this app does not provide enough information for a student to learn much about the treatment of acute leg trauma.  This small app has valuable information but only at a superficial level and is therefore ideal as a quick reference in only very specific situations.

Cost: Free
Download Leg.Fractures Here

Sigma Knee Replacement

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Top  // 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

With this app, DePuy has set the new standard in device-sponsored surgeon and patient education apps.  The app quickly earns high marks for a smooth and interactive user interface that utilizes rotating platforms to showcase their five headings: early intervention, primary TKA, revision TKA, high performance instrumentation, and professional education.  Each section is filled with information about different products, and each product is supplemented with information about design features, technique overview and guides, specific and unique advantages of the product, surgical technique guides with videos, and more.   There are some especially cool features, such as the “explore” function in the patellofemoral solutions which uses an animated knee that allows the user to flex/extend the knee at will.  This app is currently the “coolest” app available and for a surgeon who uses DePuy joint replacement products, can be especially useful as well. One limitation is that the app is nearly 700 mb in size, which can take a healthy bite out of your iPad storage.  However, after 20 seconds of playing with this app it becomes obvious why so much memory is required.

Cost:Free
Download Sigma Knee Replacement Here

FlipChart

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Upper  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is created by Stryker as a patient education tool for surgeons using Stryker total hip, total shoulder, and total knee replacement systems.  The app is organized into charts, my charts, and “create a chart.”  The create a chart feature allows the user to add “pins” to the educational image-based slide show to add commentary within the chart.  A pen is also available to mark the background or highlight particular areas of the image.  Once complete, the chart appears in the “my charts” tab for later reference.  Thus, a surgeon could spend some time creating a personalized chart for his/her surgeries and then use that chart to education patients in clinic about what the procedure will entail.  Overall, the user interface is very simple and easy to navigate and the app is well-made.  As a patient education tool, this may be useful for surgeons who have time to explain the details of surgery to patients accompanied by images.

Cost:Free
Download FlipChart Here

 

inMotion

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Reference, Top  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

This app is created by Stryker and is an impressive patient education tool with regard to the two advertised devices: a total knee and a total hip arthroplasty.  What makes this app unique, however, is the integration of computer animation, video, and audio that includes a highly realistic anatomical model with the options to select anatomic structures and make them transparent or hide them during the demonstration.  This is truly the future of medicine.  For example, you might show a patient hip motion after a total hip arthroplasty procedure, and during the video the user can “hide” any overlying muscles or bones to reveal the implant, or you can add them back one-by-one to demonstrate the relative anatomy.  Overall, this app should be downloaded for the coolness factor alone.  It would make a great resource for a waiting room, but of course this is probably most useful to surgeons using Stryker’s products.

Cost:Free
Download inMotion Here

OpTech Live

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Reference, Residents, Sports, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

This app is part of Stryker’s library of applications and, like other device company apps, provides the user with a library of device and implant user guides.  The interface is well-organized by topic and lists PDF guides according to specialty or body part.  Selecting an item quickly downloads the PDF surgical technique guide which can then be saved in a library on the device (for referencing later) or a link to the document can be emailed.  Browsing for topics is very easy with essentially no delay.  For access to Stryker’s line of technique guides, this app does everything it should.

Cost: Free
Download OpTech Live Here

DrawMD Orthopedics

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Residents, Spine, Sports, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Part of the DrawMD line of apps, these developers have created a novel platform for teaching patients about their medical conditions.  The app is essentially a “scratch pad” for showing patients their disease, demonstrating surgical techniques, and explaining anatomy.  The advantage of the Orthopedics version is that in addition to being able to use a patient’s xrays as your background, the app comes pre-loaded with orthopaedic body parts and orthopaedic “stamps.”  For example, the current version includes images of the knee, shoulder, hip, hands, feet, ankles, forearm, etc.,  as well as stamps that demonstrate cartilage, fractures, plates, screws, and arthroplasty implants (and many more).  The user can mark the image with a pen and make text comments as well.  Once complete, the image can be saved or emailed to a patient with your office information.  This app is a free and novel way to teach patients about their pathology and treatment options in a visual format.

Cost: Free
Download Here

DePuy Lateral Interbody Fusion

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 

Overall: 1 or 3+*
Functionality: 1 or 3+*
Coolness: 4

This app provides information, resources, and education for surgeons who use or are interested in learning more about DePuy’s minimally invasive spine products.  The application includes information about the surgical technique, with both guides and videos, as well as additional resources for the variety of products that the app promotes.  The images are very clear and well-presented, and the app includes PDF versions of the full product guides.  As expected, the app includes contact information to find out more about their products.

Cost: Free
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DASH Learn

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products  // 

Overall: 1 or 4*
Functionality: 1 or 4*
Coolness: 5

Smith & Nephew DASH is a portable surgical navigation system designed to assist surgeons with hip and knee surgery, and the DASH Learn app is a free utility with information about the product, tutorials, troubleshooting tips, and contact information for the company.  The app itself includes a variety of instructional videos and techniques to assist a surgeon who already uses DASH and appear to be quite useful.  However, for someone who is not familiar with the product or not interested in the product, the app would not be useful.  If a surgeon interested in learning more about this system, there is a 2 minute tutorial video from the main start page, however I suspect a similar video could be found elsewhere online or at the product website without having to download the app.  *The asterisk denotes that the functionality is either a 1 (if you do not use the product) or a 4 (if you do use the product).

 Cost: Free
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ASSH 2011

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Upper  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has demonstrated they are leading the pack with regards to technological integration in their annual conference.  At the 2011 ASSH meeting they introduced a fully-functional meeting-integrated app that was available (and continues to be) available for free.  The app includes a plethora of resources such as viewing the conference schedule, a personal calendar, program, maps, speakers, presentations, ePosters, share contact information, and search for interesting topics.  Even more impressive was the integration among the different functionalities.  For example, you can select a presentation to attend and the app will remind you the presentation is coming up, will show you on a map where to go, presents you with the abstract and notes for the presentation, and allows you to search for other talks by the same author/presenter.  All of these features are well integrated and make the conference experience much more interactive and interesting.  It is my hope that other specialty societies will notice this app and integrate similar features into their annual meetings.

Cost: Free
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SugarSync

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Residents, Students, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

SugarSync is actually a cloud-based data back-up service that includes the use of their free apps.  But, because most surgeons are probably under-protected with regard to the security of their digital data, I strongly advocate the use of some type of auto-backup service, such as SugarSync or one of its competitors.  After paying for a subscription and installing the program onto as many computers as you would like, SugarSync will automatically back up your data in real-time both to the cloud, as well as between computers.  For example, in my home I sync my two laptops so that the data between my “home” computer and my “work” computer are always matched.  Then, I also sync specific folders (such as photos) between my computers and my wife’s computer.  Copying/transferring files with flash drives and emailing document versions have become obsolete.  Lastly, because I have the app installed on my phone and my iPad, I can access any file from anywhere, any time.  That includes photos, documents, or reading material and includes the ability to email the files directly to a colleague.  The price is competitive, and the functionality has redefined the way I manage my data.  For more information, see my FAQ section.

 Cost: Free app with subscription service.
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NeuroMind

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Spine, Students, Trauma  // 

Overall: 2+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app was designed for neurosurgeons, however the content includes spine and spine trauma information that would also be valuable to orthopaedic trainees and spine surgeons.  The interface is nothing more than a listing of classification systems roughly organized by specialty such as general, motor, spine, spine trauma, tumor, and vascular.  For spine and spine trauma there are about 18 classification systems listed and selecting a topic provides the user with a text description of the classification table and a reference. There is no fancy interface design, no graphics, and no ability to save “favorites” for quick reference.  But, for someone who needs access to a list of spine classification tables, this is a free and light app to keep in your pocket.  Overall, this is probably useful to only a select group of individuals.

Cost: Free
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JBJS Br Abstract Manager

Oct 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Students  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

This app is certainly a step in the right direction for peer-reviewed journals by allowing surgeons to search for and access content on their mobile devices.  The app continues to evolve into a more robust and usable form that suffers from occasional glitches.  The menu allows the user to browse abstracts in each journal edition and search for content using “watch words” or standard author/title/year/abstract search techniques.  The abstracts worked well for me, and allow for a review as well as the option to email the abstract to a colleague. However, the watch-word functionality was not working properly.  Once the kinks have been worked out, this may be a very useful app depending on how easy it will be for users to view and download material.  Until then, consider using other RSS feed apps, such as BoneFeed, to access the same content.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android Free Download

 

OrthoFind

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Upper  // 

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This app is essentially a very clear and well-designed product guide for Breg, Inc.; maker of orthopedic braces.  The interface is visual and can be helpful to both physicians and patients looking to explore their catalog and purchase their products.  The user is first prompted to select a body region and is then presented with images and descriptions of their available products with additional information and high-resolutions available to read and view.  Each page provides the opportunity for “more information” which connects you with a Breg representative, provides a brochure, or directs you to a product page.  The app has additional resources including links to various orthopaedic websites and an FAQ section with questions, answers, and explanations about common orthopaedic conditions.  For a surgeon or a patient who is looking to have more information at their fingertips about Breg products, this app is very well made and can be quite useful.

 Cost: Free
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Understanding Disease: Orthopedics

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Free, General Ortho, Patients, Students  // 

Overall: 2+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This app is part of a series of apps titled “Understanding Disease: XXXX.”  The “Orthopedics” version is free to download, however in-app purchases are required to view information about the subjects that are included: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, postmenopausal osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.  The app is clearly marketed to patients and is likely of little use to students, trainees, or surgeons with the exception of providing material for patients to review while in a waiting room.  The limited number of subjects available for review limits the app significantly; however, an expansion could make this a potentially useful and informative app for patient education.

Cost: Free for the app; in-app purchases of $9.99 for each subject or $39.99 for all 5.
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OrthoSuperSite

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, News, Residents  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This app is an expansion of www.orthosupersite.com, a website filled with news and articles about orthopaedic surgery and the publishers of the journal “Orthopedics.”  The app is organized in a simplified fashion with headings such as breaking news, multimedia, blogs, from the podium, in the journals, and current issues of their three publications: Orthopedics, Orthopedics Today, and Orthopedics Today Europe.  The user can search for articles, select popular articles to read, and save articles directly to the device for reading later.  Overall, if you already visit orthosupersite.com to read news about orthopedic surgery, this app is a natural expansion of the same content.  However, if this is not a site that you expect to visit, this app has little else to offer.

 Cost: Free
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Ortho Scores

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Spine, Sports, Trauma, Upper, Utilities  // 

Overall: 3-
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 3

This app is ideal for orthopaedic surgeons who routinely keep track of patient outcomes using assessment scores.  The app allows the user to organize a list of patients, contacts, and surgeons – but the “patients” function is clearly the emphasis.  Once entering a patient, the user can then walk through many of the most popular outcomes assessments for the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, foot, ankle, and spine.  These include, but are not limited to, Harris Hip Score, Oxford Hip Score, WOMAC, SF-12, Knee Society Score, Constant Score, DASH, Quick-DASH, and the Oswestry Low Back Pain assessment.  The free version limits the number of patients that can be scored, and the full version allows for unlimited patients, unlimited contacts, and the ability to email the scores. Overall, this can be a very useful tool for both surgeons and patients to monitor outcomes.  Unfortunately, during testing the app was quite “buggy” and frequently crashed when running from my device.  Hopefully future updates will be more stable.

Cost: Free for Lite version, $99.99 for full version.  Spine Scores only for $19.99.
Download the Full Version Here
Download the Lite Version Here
Download Spine Scores Here

 

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2

This app is based on www.orthopedicsurgeon.com, a website that indexes practicing orthopaedic surgeons and allows patients to search for providers in their area. As a surgeon, the app requires you to register before allowing access.  Unfortunately, when this app was tested in September 2011, the app asked me to register but did not include my state (California) on the registration form.  Then, when I elected to log in as a patient, the app said that data was unavailable.  The interface is visually appealing, and the is certainly promising, however the app will require additional functionality improvements before becoming useful.

 Cost: Free
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SLIC

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPhone Apps, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

This app uses decision-tree diagrams to assist surgeons with the treatment of various trauma-related spine pathology including burst fractures, central cord syndrome, facet fracture dislocation, facet subluxation, and hyperextension injury.  Each topic provides a flowchart as well as a decision-support interface to walk the user through the treatment algorithm.  The data appears to be peer-reviewed and closely mirrors charts from published articles on the topic, however no references are provided.  Overall, this may be useful to individuals taking spine-trauma call.

Cost: Free
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Google Translate

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

Leave it to Google to creat one of the most creative, useful, and free apps available.  This app does everything you would expect from a translator: 1) It allows the user to speak into the phone and it performs voice-recognition and converts the speech to text, 2) It then translates the text into one of over 40 languages and displays the translation on the screen in the native alphabet, and 3) For many of the languages it can then speak the translated phrase back to the patient!  If this is not impressive technology, I don’t know what is.  In addition to the ingenious functionality, the app runs very fast, the dictation function is accurate, and I have yet to encounter a language that I need but do not have available.  For anyone who works in a hospital with an international patient population but where translators are not always readily available, this app is certainly one of the coolest and most useful I have ever encountered.

Cost: Free
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Dragon Dictation

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 5

These days most surgeons are aware of commercially available voice dictation, such as Dragon and other brands, however few know that Dragon Dictation makes a free app for the iPhone.   That’s right: completely free.  Not only that, but even without voice training (as is required for the full computer-based version), this app has impressive recognition capability the first time you use it.  The app is limited by the fact that you can only dictate within the Dragon app, thus you cannot dictation directly into an email, text message, or note.  Of course, this is a limitation created by Apple which prevents one app from running “within” another app.  In addition, Dragon limits each dictation to 30 seconds.  However, because you can perform multiple dictations within a single document, and because the app allows you to easily copy, email, or text message your text – these limitations are easily overcome.   A great feature is that words that Dragon knows it may have mis-interpreted can be selected and the user is presented with similar alternatives.  From my experience, Dragon is accurate about 90% of the time, and if you include the alternative options, accuracy increases to >95%.  For someone who writes emails from their phone, this app has the potential to save you much time, frustration, and iPhone-related spelling errors.  I cannot think of a reason not to download the app.

Cost: Free
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BoneCast

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4+

From the same makers of Bone Feed and Hand Feed, two apps that present RSS text feeds, this app is the cool older brother than instead summarizes and presents audio feeds (podcasts) and video feesd (vodcasts) from the most popular orthopaedic sources.  This includes JBJS Am, JBJS Br, AOSSM, Brit J Sp Med, HSS Ortho and others.  The app allows you to stream high-quality video and audio directly to your device with a nearly non-existent lag or delay, depending on your internet connection speed.  Functionally, this app is limited by the fact that podcasts usually require you to insert headphones to adequately listen to the presentation; however the fact that you can stream orthopaedic video directly to your device is certainly going to “wow” your colleagues.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

Hand Feed

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Upper  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

Similar to its close relatives, BoneFeed and SportsMed, this app is an RSS reader for orthopaedic hand-related publications.  The user can customize the feeds that are presented, including JHS American, JHS European, Hand Clinics, Techniques in Hand, JBJS Br Upper Extremity, HAND, and others.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way for hand surgeons to keep up-to-date with the latest publications 24-hours a day.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android Free Download

Epocrates

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Medical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Utilities  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

Epocrates continues to be the gold-standard for mobile drug-reference applications.  The app provides free medication information including dosing (both adults and pediatrics), interactions, contraindications, as well as a “pill identifier” to match a pill with its name according to shape, color, imprint, etc.  For anyone who cannot always remember the dosing and frequency of every medication, this app belongs in your pocket.  Unfortunately, Epocrates also insists on updating frequently and prompting users with “news” information that some may not find useful.  Thus, functionality is limited by the time it takes to occasionally update the app.  Otherwise, this app is a “must have” for any provider.

Cost: Free for drug reference, requires subscription for Essentials Plus with added features.
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