Browsing articles in "General Ortho"

My Knee Injury

Mar 31, 2016   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews  // 

A patient-focused app on knee pain and exercises

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

MyKneeInjury appears to be focused towards patients with knee pain, and includes an aspect of product sales suggesting it may be commercially motivated.  The app is organized in 12 icon tiles with titles such as “identify injury,” “treatment,” and “flexibility.”  When selecting on injury identification, for example, the user is given the option to select the area of pain (front, inside, outside, back) with each topic describing a generic clinical vignette suggestive of a specific diagnosis.  As all medical providers know, diagnosing knee complaints is certainly not as easy as “picking from a list,” questioning the apps intention.  Once a diagnosis is selected, general information is presented about the injury, general treatment and healing time information, and a link to useful products for sale from a medical distributor.  I suspect this may reflect the app’s true objective.  Overall, I believe the app’s utility is minimal and is unlikely to significantly assist patients who need any more than the description for a few stretches and exercises.

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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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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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RealWorld Procedures

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

Video and text tutorials for common procedures

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

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Learning Orthopedics Quiz

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

A “flashcard” style app for learning orthopedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

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

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Fractures

Basic app to assist with fracture classification and management

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2

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

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My Academy

AAOS Academy Meeting 2015 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

 

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

 

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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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Orthopedics Patient Education by CoherentRX

Orthopedics Patient Education by CoherentRX   

Anatomy and Educational tool 

Overall: 3
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

CoherentRX  has created an app to help orthopaedic surgeons and their workforce improve patient education and comprehension. CoherentRX Orthopedics has multiple features: 3-D anatomy visuals, drawing tools to mark visuals, photo and screenshot uploads as well as text and email info that is HIPAA compliant. While all of these features are powerful tools the app lacks ease to use. CoherentRX Orthopedics is very well priced $2.99/year (one of the cheaper patient educational options) however it is not the best patient educational tool on the market. While it has multiple features that are useful, the lack of disease specifics educational modules makes it difficult to actually use in practice. I applaud CoherentRX on making an Orthopedic app that has the potential to improve patient comprehension and education, however the app is still behind other players in the market.

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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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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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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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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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Throw Like a Pro

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

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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

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

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

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Radiopaedia MSK

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

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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PhysioMD

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

Physical Therapy app created by orthopaedic surgeons for specific injuries.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

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Kayal Orthopaedic

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

Personal practice app for Kayal Orthopaedic Center in New Jersey.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

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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.

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

BoneDoc

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

A serious game for simulating orthopaedic surgery.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

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

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

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

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $2.99 Download
Android

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

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

 

Orthokeys

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Orthokeys is an innovative orthopaedic app with a variety of tools ranging from  a thorough library of fracture classifications, a templating program based on known  classification patterns and a note section that allows you to share cases with others. The most impressive feature of the app is a clever photo tool that allows you to template fracture patterns using the injury classification library and layer it on top of the xray all on your iPhone or iPad. I applaud the developer for including both pediatric and adult fracture patterns making this one of the few apps to include pediatric fracture classification. However once you have templated the fracture pattern you are not able to template implants to help assess which size hardware you may need. Additional tools include an online Orthopaedic browser that does not have strong search capability and a surgical implant directory that lacks much needed information. Overall, this app has many useful features which could be more thorough and integrated better with the rest of the app.

iPhone $5.49 Download
iPad $5.49 Download
Android ——– ————–

 

Orthopaedics 365

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

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

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad    
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

FRAX

A digital and mobile tool for calculating the FRAX score.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone $5.99 Download
iPad $5.99 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

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

 

AJSM (American Journal of Sports Medicine)

Mobile Access to the American Journal of Sports Medicine

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) has done an excellent job producing another of its reputable journals onto a mobile platform. The American Journal of Sports Medicine app has allowed journal subscribers with easy- to-use access of the magazine in app form. The app has many advanced features such as searching for relevant topics within all issues of the publication, allowing users to save favorite articles and sharing journal articles easily through email. These up-to-date app features makes this app an excellent tool on the iPhone and iPad. In addition, the AJSM has started to build video and audio content which can become an important educational tool for viewers in the future. My only criticism that I made with other apps from the AOSSM is the reader software used to view the journal articles is slightly clunk and doesn’t allow you to make notes or easily manipulate the journal articles. However, once the developers build more video and audio content into the app it will quickly become a must have for anyone in the field.

Overall a very useful Journal application with advanced app features.

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 —- —-

 

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

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

Orthopedics Glossary

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes nearly 500 generic medical terms. Descriptions typically include one sentence.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The app has additional functionality including the ability to record notes and audio notes.  There is also the ability to share the information in an email as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad $0.99 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

AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Knee

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Sports, Students, Under $10  // 

Simple app to learn the knee exam and special tests

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, which includes this simple app for learning the knee exam and special tests.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the knee exam: inspection, muscles, range of motion, and special tests.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  The special tests include information about specificity and sensitivity and include a short reference list.  However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple, and the overall content includes only 20 total exam maneuvers.  At a cost of $9, this is quite a high price considering other apps that include more information and detail at a better value.  I hope that this app will be expanded upon and improved in future versions.

iPhone $8.99 Download
iPad $8.99 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 Terminology

Aug 31, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $1  // 

A simple glossary for medical terms related to orthopaedic surgery

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 1

This app is very simple: it provides brief descriptions and definitions for common orthopaedic terms.  In total, the app includes about 165 terms. Descriptions typically include a few sentences to a few short paragraphs.  There are no images or figures that I could find in the app.  The only additional functionality is the ability to share the information in an email or on facebook as well as save terms as a “favorite.”  The app would be useful to members of the general public who need to define orthopaedic conditions.  But, to be quite honest, the definitions are very limited and for $0.99 better answers could be found via Google and Wikipedia.

iPhone $0.99 Download
iPad $0.99 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

 

Goniometer Pro (G-Pro)

Aug 29, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Utilities  // 

Goniometer mobile application

Overall: 3
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

This Goniometer app was developed by 5fuf5 and is one of many goniometer apps in the marketplace.  Goniometer PRO uses a simple visual tool to help providers mimic a standard clinical goniometer if one is not available.  While I initially struggled using the app, a very well done you-tube video clearly taught me how easiy it is to use. The app allows users to save angle measurements in a memory bank.   Users are able to use the app in the free preview mode, but after 12 uses you are forced to buy the unlimited version which is $14.99. While the app is an excellent tool and visually stimulating at this high of a sticker price there are other apps out there which work the same.

Overall a useful goniometer app with a high pricetag

 

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

 

CORE – Clinical Orthopedic Exam

May 4, 2013   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Spine, Sports, Students, Top, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4+

 

CORE has set the standard for a clinical exam app.  Divided by body part, body region, alphabetical, favorites, or search – the app contains a database of over 400 clinical tests which includes a purpose, instructions, video demo, and test properties.   The most striking feature of this app, in addition to the vast collection of tests and videos, is actually the “properties” tab.  For every test, data is presented regarding the sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratio, accuracy and other relevant statistical tests based on primary literature references.  These lists are incredibly complete.  For example, the hip impingement test lists 10 primary sources with their respective sensitivities and specificities using the impingement test to detect labral tears.  In addition, by selecting the primary references the user is directed to the full literature source with the abstract text.  This is a feature that I have not seen replicated by any other orthopaedic reference.  The videos can either be downloaded to the app or a link to YouTube can be emailed/shared with colleagues.  Tests can be marked as a “favorite” and quickly reviewed at a later time.  Unfortunately, the search feature was not ideal.  When I searched “grind” there were “no results” but when I searched “Apley” I was provided with Apley’s Grind Test.  This app seems ideal for a medical student with an interest in musculoskeletal medicine (PM&R, sports medicine, or orthopaedic surgery) or a junior resident in any of these fields.  Overall, a very complete and useful app for trainees.

 

iPhone $39.99 Download
iPad $39.99 Download
Android $39.99 Download

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $14.99 Download
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Spine Pro III

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

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+

Spine 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.

iPhone
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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.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $12.99 Download
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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.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $1.99 Download
Android

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.

iPhone
iPad $12.99 Download
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.

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JBJS ImageQuiz

Sep 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Under $1  // 

Full-featured app including JBJS Image Quiz case reports, questions, images, and discussion about the case, the pathology, and appropriate treatment.

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

This app provides access to JBJS’s bi-monthly “Image Quizzes” that appear in the printed journal.  The app is well-designed and easy to navigate. All cases are presented in thumbnail format and, as of writing, the current version includes 54 cases.  Each case includes 3 sections: Question, Answer, and Discussion.  The question section includes a detailed case history as well as a number of relevant images which load quickly and clearly on the iPad.  The “quiz” appears to the left of the screen with a single question and multiple-choice options.  Interestingly, the user has the option of choosing “how others chose” to see the answers selected by other quiz takers.  This can be done either before or after making your own selection.  Once an answer is submitted, the user automatically advances to the “answer” section if correct, and is presented with a brief explanation.  Selecting “learn more in the discussion,” provides a more thorough explanation of the disease process and relevant clinical pearls.    Overall, the app is very clear and runs smoothly on the device.  At a price of $0.99, the app is somewhat of an enigma.  To those who already subscribe to JBJS, it seems odd that the journal would charge for access to these cases. While, for those who do not currently have a subscription, $0.99 for unlimited clinical cases and explanations is a phenomenal value.

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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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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.

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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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OrthoRef

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma, Under $5, Upper  // 

A list-based reference of orthopaedic classification systems from the creator of NeuroMind, one of the top Neurosurgery apps.

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 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

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.

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3D Consultation

May 26, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients  // 

 

Animated 3D anatomy videos demonstrated common orthopaedic pathology.

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4-
Coolness: 4+

 
3D Consultation is a patient-education based tool that demonstrates orthopaedic pathologies using animated anatomical models.  The app is organized in a simple fashion with a list of Conditions on the left, which include body parts such as ankle, piriformis, hip degenerations, etc. as well as expandable categories such as knee, foot, and shoulder that include sub-categories for related injuries. For example, the shoulder sub-category includes AC joint adhesions, impingement, rotator cuff injury, and adhesive capsulitis.  When a condition is selected, the user sees a relevant 3-dimensional anatomical model on the screen with the option to “play.”  The video then plays a 10-15 second anatomic demonstration of the named pathology.  The videos are clear, concise, and educational.  Additional features within the app include the ability to email a screenshot image or markup the video with text or drawings.  The markups can later be deleted.  One unfortunate limitation is that the markup tools are limited only to a single color.  Overall, this is a simple visual educational tool for physicians and patients to better demonstrate common pathology.

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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.

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iBones

Feb 20, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2

Created by Buffeln.Net, this app is an expansion of the existing online testing platform based in German.  However, the app presents information in Latin and English, as well as German, and includes options for changing the language.  The organization includes iBones, the primary review module, which includes 74 images of bones with multiple choice questions.   Only names of the entire bones are included, not more advanced bony anatomy.  Other modules include statistics and search functions, as well as “specials,” which advertises coupons for the website.  Overall, this app is a cartoon-based basic bone quiz that would be most appropriate for elementary school children who want to learn about different bones in the body.  Bottom line: consider downloading this app for your kids.

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RealWorld Orthopaedics

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

Created by physicians and medical students at the Universite de Sherbrooke, this is one of the best musculoskeletal radiology apps available. The app is organized into subheadings: Medical, Technical, and Chapters.  Although not intuitively named, each section contains an abundance of information medical and radiology information.  For example, the Medical section includes a listing of about 150 radiographic fractures and dislocations, with each topic including 1-2 different patient cases.  Selecting a patient includes high-resolution images of the named pathology.  The most valuable and impressive part of the app, however, is the “eye” icon which overlays colorful highlighting directly over the radiograph with associated annotations (“glasses” icon) to explain the important radiographic findings.  This feature, alone, is impressive.  An information icon also links directly to reading material found in the Chapter section.  The Technical and Chapter sections include the same library of patients and images, but organized in a different way.  The most notable feature this app lacks is a “search” function that can quickly search for a fracture or dislocation of choice.  Overall, a very well-made and impressive app that would be useful to any medical student, intern, or junior resident that needs to learn about musculoskeletal radiology.

iPhone $9.99 Download
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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.

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Orthopaedics Pro

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 2

 

This app is an attempt at an all-inclusive orthopaedics study tool.  The menu is organized into flashcards, true/fales (500 questions) and single best answer (106 questions).  The flashcards are not merely “factoids” of information, rather they are complete paragraphs of text information for every subject.  The app certainly contains a lot of information, but is also difficult to navigate at times.  The information is inconsistent, and at times impressive.  For example, the subheading “calcaneus fracture” includes reference to normal Bohler’s angle and normal Angle of Gissane.  It also includes Sander’s classification (text only), Zwipp classification, principles of fixation, reports Letournel’s results, and provides Essex-Lopresti’s subtypes.  However, the format is difficult to read and organize in one’s mind.  The true/false section is a sequential series of true/false questions that must be completed in order.  The single best answer section must also be completed in order.  Both of these sections suffer from a poor user interface, however the questions and explanations are good and very complete. Overall, the app is a good first attempt at a review/flashcard app, but would greatly benefit from an interface overhaul which is currently the apps greatest weakness.

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iJoints

Feb 2, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

 

This app has taken images from the Visible Human Project ™ to recreate axial, coronal, and sagittal slice images of a cadaveric hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.  The app was created by a board certified radiologist, and the functionality is strictly limited to anatomy identification (no added information about anatomical origins, insertion, or inervation).  Navigation is intuitive from the main menu, with joints separated by the types of slices.  Each section includes about 9-12 slices for each joint.  After selecting a slice, options include mirror image (left/right), adding/removing labels, labeling muscles, bones, vessels, or “other,” and advancing a slide. The images are very clear, and all relevant anatomy is labeled. In addition to reviewing by joint, a search function allows for the user to enter any structure and will return every slice that includes the named structure. Lastly, a quiz function also exists that is organized by joint/slice. The quiz shows an image with labelled anatomy and asks you to identify a particular structure (multiple choice). If incorrect, the user is shown the correct answer, as well as the name of the structure that was incorrectly selected. Overall, this app seems most appropriate for students learning anatomy, and especially with regard to radiology-oriented slices for 3D imaging (coronal, axial, and sagittal).  Thus, the app would be greatly beneficial for improving CT and MRI identification, but how this may transfer to surgical anatomy is not as clear.

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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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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.

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Orthopedics Encyclopedia

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Reference, Students, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 2+
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 2+

 

This app attempts to serve as a limited orthopedic encyclopedia.  In that regard, it accomplishes its goal as a first-stop overview for a variety of broad orthopaedic conditions and diseases.  The app includes 21 topics, such as the human skeleton, clubfoot, orthotics, knee, tendon, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.  One immediately recognizes that the selection of included topics and joints seems quite arbitrary.  Selecting any individual topic, however, returns an incredibly detailed and complete description of any particular topic with a series of sub-headings and associated images.  For example, the topic “Muscle” includes subheadings such as embryology, muscle types, anatomy, physiology, nervous control, exercise, disease, atrophy, strength, efficiency, and evolution.  The data presented includes very specific information, such as the precise density of muscle or skeletal muscle metabolism at rest.  However, despite this impressive collection of data, the unusual organization of the topics and the document-like format of the information prevents easy reference of information.  Without a search function, this app offers little more  than the title suggests: a single-use orthopaedic encyclopedia, but cannot function as a versatile reference.  Overall, the app may be useful to a student interested in musculoskeletal medicine interested in reading a brief overview of a variety of orthopaedic topics.

 

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eSplint

Jan 15, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

 

This app is clearly a must-have guide for any primary care, urgent care, or emergency care provider by providing simple step-by-step instructions for splint application.  In addition, junior residents in musculoskeletal medicine fields, such as orthopaedic surgery or podiatry, may also find this to be a useful refresher for the application of splints.  The app is very simply organized into headings such as Splint Technique, Coaptation, Sugar Tong, etc. and provides a text and image guide for the application of each splint type.  The guide briefly lists a few indications for that particular splints, includes a text description with associated images, provides a very good brief video demonstrating application of the splint, and even includes patient education instructions for splint care!  Overall, this application is very useful to a variety of practitioners.  At such a great price, I cannot think of a reason why anyone who might need to apply a splint would not download this very simple and useful reference tool.

 

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OITE Buzzwords

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE).  The app is divided into 4 sections: index, about, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 51 buzzwords, such as zebra lines, throckmorton sign, sausage digit, pancake vertebra, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the content did not load for all of the content sections resulting in a blank screen.  For screens in which content did load, images required up to 30 seconds to load, and text often required 10 seconds to load.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the  topics.  The quiz section includes a gallery of thumbnail images that can be selected. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and in some cases the images did not appear at all. 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 appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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OITE Tumor

Jan 14, 2012   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Residents, Study/Review, Tumor, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 1
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 2+

 

This app, available only for iPhone and Android, is marketed as a “buzzword” study guide for the orthopaedic in-training exam (OITE) tumor topics.  The app is divided into 5 sections: about, index, flashcards, quiz, and contact.  The index lists 78 tumor buzzwords, such as zebra lines, PNET, Batson’s Plexus, Codman triangle, etc.  Unfortunately, when testing on an iPhone 4S device the app ran very slow and crashed at times, despite its very limited content (text and images).  For screens in which content did load, images were presented with a text description that include spelling errors at times.  The information provided for each topic is brief (2-5 sentences).  No references of additional information is provided for any of the topics.  The flashcards present a gallery of thumbnail images for selection. Once again, the images take up to 30 seconds to load, and some do not load at all, thereby negating the purpose of the app for quickly reviewing buzzwords.  In addition, the answers to the image pathology would not appear, and thus there is no way to check one’s knowledge against the real answer. The quiz section includes a listing of topics with a complete question stem and multiple choice answers and explanations.  Only 10 questions are included.  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 appears to address a need among residents for OITE studying, however the implementation ranges from painfully slow to entirely non-functional, rendering this app useless at this point.  I do hope that future versions become more stable and useful since this is a great idea for OITE studying.

 

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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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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.

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Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics

Dec 31, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Reference, Residents, Students, Top  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 5+

Campbell’s is the first orthopaedic text book that has transitioned to the digital age!  The app is not the complete 4-volume text, rather this is “core techniques,” which includes brief summaries of 242 common surgical and bedside procedures accompanied by images and videos.   The app is divided into the four volumes of the full book with their corresponding subheadings.  For example, the app includes 26 surgical approaches, such as removal of iliac bone graft, anterolateral approach to the humerus, and z-plasty.  Most descriptions are brief with 2-5 images, and would serve as a “refresher” for a senior resident or surgeon familiar with a procedure, or as an introduction for a medical student or junior resident who needs a quick orientation before a case.  However, in addition to the many brief entries, some topics are reviewed completely with 20-30 images and videos up to 15-20 minutes in length.  These videos are incredibly detailed and review how to perform full surgical procedures.  Examples of “complete” entries with videos and images include femoral nailing, ACL reconstruction, SLAP repair, rotator cuff repair, chevron osteotomy, compartment syndrome fasciotomy, shoulder hemiarthroplasty, and carpal tunnel release – I counted a total of 23 videos within the app.  Unlike many other apps that offer videos, all media is completely contained within this app and downloaded to the device, which explains the download size of over 800mb, but also has the great benefit of full access 100% of the time (i.e. review surgical techniques on an airplane).  Lastly, the app has a very good search feature that scans all topic titles and text within the app.
Overall, Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics is the first orthopaedic text to “go digital” with an incredibly useful reference app that is ideal for junior orthopaedic surgery residents.  Although considered an expensive app at $100, compare this to list price of nearly $800 for the 4-volume print version. Of course, the app is not the complete text, but is most useful to trainees who may frequently use the app as a “refresher” between operative cases.  The interface is well designed, the images and text are clear, and the search function is invaluable.  In addition, consider that the purchase price includes ownership for life with all associated updates.  Campbell’s is a very highly recommended app for those who can afford it.

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CORE – Clinical Orthopedic Exam

Dec 31, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Sports, Students, Top, Upper  // 
Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4+

 

CORE has set the standard for a clinical exam app.  Divided by body part, body region, alphabetical, favorites, or search – the app contains a database of nearly 250 clinical tests which includes a purpose, instructions, video demo, and test properties.  The most striking feature of this app, in addition to the vast collection of tests and videos, is actually the “properties” tab.  For every test, data is presented regarding the sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratio, accuracy and other relevant statistical tests based on primary literature references.  These lists are incredibly complete.  For example, the hip impingement test lists 10 primary sources with their respective sensitivities and specificities using the impingement test to detect labral tears.  In addition, by selecting the primary references the user is directed to the full literature source with the abstract text.  This is a feature that I have not seen replicated by any other orthopaedic reference.  In the basic version of the app, the videos are not contained within the app, but rather link to YouTube videos that can be emailed/shared with colleagues. However, for an in-app purchase of $7.99 all videos can be downloaded to the device (about 1GB of data).  Tests can be marked as a “favorite” and quickly reviewed at a later time.  Unfortunately, the search feature was not ideal.  When I searched “grind” there were “no results” but when I searched “Apley” I was provided with Apley’s Grind Test; however, this function is easily improved in a future update.  This app seems ideal for a medical student with an interest in musculoskeletal medicine (PM&R, sports medicine, or orthopaedic surgery) or a junior resident in any of these fields.  Overall, a very complete and useful app for trainees.

To learn more about this app, as well as others by the same developers, check out their website at www.clinicallyrelevant.com.

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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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Scores-SF36

Dec 27, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

 

The developers of Scores-SF36 have elegantly converted the standard SF-36 clinical questionnaire into an intuitive and easy-to-use iPhone and iPad app. The app offers no surprises, and has the added benefit of being available in both English and French.  After entering the patient’s name, the user is seamlessly walked through each question of the survey with instructions for how to answer each question.  The results are then saved in the device, and sub-scores are calculated as well.  The data can then be emailed in a .csv file.  Unfortunately, when testing the save/email features, I found that the iPad version has a bug that did not email the actual scores, which renders the email function useless.  In addition, on the iPhone version, the email .csv file only includes the summary scores for each section, but does not include the answers to each individual question – data that is, in fact, saved on the device because it can be reviewed at a later date.  Thus, the app could benefit from some increased functionality that would likely be useful in a research setting. Overall, the app is a very good use of technology to assist with recording patient outcomes and could have significant potential time-savings in the research settings since data is recorded and saved digitally.

 

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Scores-ODI

Dec 27, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Under $10  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

 

The developers of Scores-ODI have elegantly converted the standard Oswestry Disability Index clinical questionnaire into an intuitive and easy-to-use iPhone and iPad app. The app offers no surprises, and has the added benefit of being available in both English and French.  After entering the patient’s name, the user is seamlessly walked through each question of the survey with instructions for how to answer each question.  The results are then saved in the device and the app suggest that the data can then be emailed in a .csv file.  Unfortunately, when testing the save/email features, I found that the iPad version has a bug that did not email the actual scores, which renders the email function useless.  In addition, on the iPhone version, the email .csv file did not appear to send an accurate score.  Thus, the app could benefit from some increased functionality that would likely be useful in a research setting. Overall, the app is a very good use of technology to assist with recording patient outcomes and could have significant potential time-savings in the research settings since data is recorded and saved digitally.

 

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OrthoMeter

Dec 27, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Residents, Trauma  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

 

OrthoMeter joins a number of apps that utilize the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to conveniently measure clinically relevant angular measurements.  In this case, the app is beautifully designed to assist with the measurements of an angle between two lines, an angle measured from the horizontal, and an angle measured off the vertical.  For the three functions, the images provided suggests arthroplasty functions, such as the distal femoral angle, the alpha angle of the hip, and acetabular cup version, respectively.  The user interface is very simple and intuitive and includes the ability to save and email data for specific patients.  One thing that sets this app apart from other goniometric devices is the elegant interface, as well as the ability to receive the angular results via either a male or female voice.  Unfortunately, at a price of $11.99, this app is somewhat expensive given its limited function and less expensive competitors.  However, for providers that intend to use this app regularly and appreciate the nice design, this may be a good investment.

 

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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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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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Simple Goniometer

Nov 1, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, Residents, Students, Under $1, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

Part of the goniometer series developed by Ockendon.net, simple goniometer does exactly what it says: it uses the iPhone’s internal accelerometer to mimic a goniometer for clinical measurements.  The app only has three functions: set, hold, and reset.  Although accuracy depends on the calibration of your devices internal electronics, the app does what it says and allows for precise and objective measurements when a standard goniometer is unavailable.

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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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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.

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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

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
Download Eponyms 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
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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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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

 

Mobile Coder Orthopedics

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Products, Reference, Subscription  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

This is a useful coding app designed specifically for orthopaedic surgeons.  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 entires.  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
iPad Free* Download
Android


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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Ortho Traumapedia

Sep 28, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Study/Review, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Upper  // 

Quick reference for on-call trauma related to fractures and dislocations
 

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

This app is the ideal complement to any student, resident, fellow, or attending taking general orthopaedic trauma call.  The app has a simple and intuitive user interface separated into either dislocations or fractures and organized by bone, joint, or region.  Each topic is then divided into the same four sub-topics: facts, image, classify, and treat.  With an easy-to-read bullet format, the user can quickly glean the most critical facts about a particular fracture, answer common “pimp” questions, understand how to interpret the radiology, and review various classification systems for a particular injury.  One of the most useful features are the images which include very clear lines, arrows, and circles overlying normal and injury radiographs to teach the user how to evaluate and interpret injury films.  Overall, the material appears to be consistent with most other orthopaedic trauma texts, although no references are provided.

iPhone $9.99 Download
iPad
Android $9.99 Download

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

Acta Orthopaedica Journal

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Students, Top  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

Acta Orthopaedica (previously Acta Orthopaedica  Scandinavica) is the first orthopaedic journal to have developed a fully-functional mobile app utility with 100% read capability.  The app does everything one might expect from a journal app, and is even more impressive because the journal is a non-profit, Open Access journal.  Thus, all content is completely free of cost.  The app allows for access to archives as early as 1930 and allows the user to download and read the full PDF article literally within seconds.  The only missing function that would be useful is the ability to search articles.  Of course, this could be done through Google Scholar or Pubmed, but integration in the app would be an obvious enhancement.  Among its other useful features includes direct links to Google Scholar to see how many citations an article has, as well as the ability to view “Early Online” articles that may not yet be PubMed indexed.

Cost: Free
Download for iPhone Here
Download for iPad Here

AAOS Now

Sep 26, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Residents  // 
Overall: 2
Functionality: 2
Coolness: 1

 

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has created this lightweight app to view AAOS Now, the monthly print publication sent to all Academy members.  Unfortunately, the app only presents articles in their full form which requires a significant amount of zooming/panning when viewing on a small mobile device such as a smartphone.  However, the app does have additional useful features such as podcasts and videocasts available as a streaming feed directly to the mobile device.  Although its uses are limited for reading articles, the media casts and the fact that this app is free may warrant download for any Academy members that may want access to when “on the go.”

 

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 


AAOS Code X-Lite

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Reference  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 3

Developed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, this app is a light version of the Code X software already available to members who pay for a subscription.  Anyone with a Code X subscription can request a login name/password for its use.  Strengths of the app include the ability to search by body site or keyword, as well as the ability to save favorites and email a list of codes.  However, the app could benefit from a better search function, integration between ICD-9 and CPT codes, and an improved user interface.

Cost: Free for the app, but requires subscription to AAOS Code X ($535-699)
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OrthoEvent

Sep 24, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Spine, Sports, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

This free app is useful for any orthopaedic practitioner who attends or is planning to attend any orthopaedic-related conference. The app is designed to compile information regarding nearly all professional orthopaedic conferences worldwide, as well as organize conferences according to specialty. Once a conference is selected, the app provides dates, locations, abstract deadlines, and links to meeting websites. The app is limited by the fact that information is inconsistent, and that the majority of the app text is in French with no other languages available. Overall, the application is a creative and very helpful way to search for conferences that you might not otherwise be aware of.

Cost: Free
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AO Muller Classification

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Reference, Residents, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3-
Coolness: 3

Created by the AO Foundation, this classification app allows a user to determine the Muller classification of long-bone fractures by selecting the bone, the segment, and the fracture morphology. In addition, radiographs are included to demonstrate true images of fracture patterns as a supplement to the figures provided. Once a particular fracture is selected, the user can save cases as “favorites” with a memo, a tool that could be valuable for a resident needing to keep track of fracture types while seen on call. The app also includes a “glossary” section that offers supplemental notes such as classification terminology and instructions for identifying fractures. Lastly, all data lives on the device thereby allowing for rapid access and use even without a data access signal.

Cost: Free
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AO Surgery Reference

Sep 23, 2011   //   by Orrin Franko   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Reference, Residents, Students, Top, Trauma, Upper  // 

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

Created by AO and released in No­vember 2010, the AO Surgery Refer­ence app has set the bar for orthopae­dic reference apps. The data mirrors information which has been previ­ously existed at www.aosurgery.org but is formatted specifically for the smartphone. The app has an intuitive interface that walks the user through the diagnosis, decision process, prepa­ration, surgical approach, reduction, fixation, and aftercare of fractures. Additional information can be found by selecting the “info” icon next to an option, and reference articles are provided on every page. Some of the most valuable aspects, in addition to the text, are the abundance of images demonstrating fracture patterns, pa­tient positioning, and anatomy/surgi­cal approaches. Ideally, this app can serve as a quick reference while treat­ing a patient or prior to a surgery when no other references are available for review. The greatest limitation to this app is that all data is pulled from the internet in real-time, and thus a data connection (3G or WiFi) is required for the app to function. In addition, some fractures are still not available, but the app suggests that future updates will be included.

Cost: Free
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