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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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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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FracturED

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

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

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

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

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DocSpera

HIPAA compliant secure collaboration platform for surgeons

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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

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

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MediBabble

Medical Translator App

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

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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. 

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Sookasa

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

Cloud based file storage that is secure and encrypted

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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

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Figure1

Photo sharing app for physicians 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

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

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Orthopaedic Patient Information

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Reference, Spine, Sports, Students, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Very high-quality 3D anatomical models with video demonstrations of common anatomy, pathology, and treatments.

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

Orthopaedic Patient Information is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format, but this one differs slightly. The relevant body part is presented with a video demonstrating the most common anatomy, conditions, and treatments.  These demonstrations are very high quality.   The level of detail and anatomical accuracy of all muscles, tendons, vessels, nerves, ligaments and bones is impressive.  Overall, the entire suite of 3D4Medical anatomy apps are the best anatomy models we have seen yet, and this patient information app is fantastic.

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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.

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Knee Pro III

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+

Knee Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  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.

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Ankle & Foot Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Reference, Residents, 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+

Ankle & Foot Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  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.

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Shoulder Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Upper  // 

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+

Shoulder Pro III is part of the 3D4Medical’s suite of full-featured anatomy apps.  All of their apps follow a similar and intuitive format.  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.

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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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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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Eponyms

Oct 3, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Medical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference, Students, Under $10, Under $5  // 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

This app does exactly what it advertises: it organizes and defines medical eponyms based on specialty.  The user can view all eponyms, or you can choose to sort by topic.  Orthopedics has its own heading with about 150 common eponyms for diseases, fractures, signs, and clinical exam tests.  This app may not be particularly useful to a orthopaedic provider, however for a medical student rotating on an orthopaedic service, this can be a very handy reference guide.  Explanations are very short and do not provide much detail.  However, there is a good search feature that searches the eponym title, as well as its description.  For example, searching for “supra” returns the Hawkin’s sign because the definition notes that it tests for supraspinatus tendon impingement.  The user can also mark eponyms as “favorites.”  When not limiting the search to orthopedics, the app has over 1700 eponyms!  While not the most useful to residents or surgeons, this app would be very useful to medical students or interns.

Cost: Free (for students) or $1.99
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MedCalc

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

Everyone needs a good medical calculator on their smartphone, and MedCalc is my personal favorite based on the plethora of built-in equations.  The app has a very intuitive interface that can be easily navigated by users with any level of experience.  In addition, equations are organized by subject, alphabetically, and allows the user to easily mark his or her “favorites” for quick reference.  Some of the most useful tools that I have found include the opioid conversion tool, the dermatome distribution map, and the ISS calculation.  The app is also offered as MedCalc Pro for iPad and includes a full-size HD version with additional resources.  At $0.99 or $4.99, this app is a good option for someone that does not yet have their favorite medical calculator app.

Cost: $0.99 for MedCalc (iPhone); $4.99 for MedCalc Pro (iPad)
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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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