Browsing articles in "iPad Apps"

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.

iPhone Free Download
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Touch Surgery

Surgical Simulation App        

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

Touch Surgery is a surgical simulation app to help surgeons/assistants/students become more familiar with particular surgical procedures in their respective field. The app offers a library of fundamental orthopaedic procedures that you can download onto your device. 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 I have seen. It has a clean interface and practical demos for learning orthopaedic residents and students. My critique is that the game play for the app is limited as many of the steps the surgical simulation requires you to make are simple and lack precision. 

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Throw Like a Pro

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   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.

iPhone $9.99 Download
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Android

Sports Fellow Self Assessment Exam

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

Self Assessment exam from the AOSSM for Sports Fellows

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

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Android

*Requires registration

Radiopaedia MSK

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.

iPhone $4.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

PhysioMD

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   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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HC Chang Orthopedics

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Business, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Non-English, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

Personal practice app for Dr. Chang, Singapore

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

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FracturED

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

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

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

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

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iPad $0.99 Download
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DocSpera

HIPAA compliant secure collaboration platform for surgeons

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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

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

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Android

Current Orthopaedic Practice Journal

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Recent Reviews, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Current Orthopaedic Practice Journal

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

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iPad Free* Download
Android

*Requires subscription for full text access

Corin Resource Hub

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Recent Reviews, Reference  // 

Information about Corin orthopaedic implants for surgeons

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

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iPad Free Download
Android

*Requires subscription for full text access

 

California Orthopaedic Association

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Utilities  // 

Conference app for the 2014 California Orthopaedic Association and QME Course

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

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BoneDoc

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   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
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Android

Bone Ninja

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

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5+
Coolness: 4

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

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

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

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

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Android

Biomet Orthosize

Jul 7, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Lower, Products, Recent Reviews, Subscription  // 

Image templating viewer for Biomet implants

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

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iPad Free Download
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ASSH 2013

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

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

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Arthrex Synergy

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

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

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

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

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

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iPad Free Download
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AOSSM Self Assessment Exam

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

Self Assessment exam from the AOSSM

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free* Download
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Android

*Requires purchase of exam

AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Spine

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

Simple app made by the AAOS to learn the spine exam

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, which includes this simple app for learning the spine exam.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the spine exam: standing/seated/supine/prone examination, Waddel signs, cervical spine muscle testing and cervical spine range of motion testing.  Each part of the exam includes a description, instructions and video.  In addition, references are provided for further reading. However, despite the useful information presented here, the app is bare and lacks much depth.  The user interface is unfortunately too simple and somewhat uninviting.  Overall, the content includes 46 total exam maneuvers.  At a cost of $9, this is quite a high price considering other apps that include more information and detail at a better value.  I hope that this app will be expanded upon and improved in future versions.

iPhone $8.99 Download
iPad $8.99 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.

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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.

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iPad $5.49 Download
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MediBabble

Medical Translator App

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

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Spine MD

Feb 3, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Spine, Subscription, Top  // 

A personal practice app for Dr. Todd Lanman with patient information, videos, and peri-operative as well as post-operative rehabilitation education.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This personal practice app is a full-featured patient portal for Dr. Todd Lanman, a spine surgeon in Beverly Hills. Powered by CARE, the app provides a personalized website and personalized physical therapy/rehabilitation protocols for patients.   The app is incredibly comprehensive by providing information to patients about their surgery, their surgeon, and lists the exercises they should be performing week-by-week after surgery with complete video demonstrations.  Pre- and post-operative information is available to patients, and the post-operative physical therapy protocol is clearly organized for patients to reference either at home or at the gym.  The user interface is intuitive and visually appealing. Overall, the application has been well implemented and would be a great benefit to any patients of Dr. Lanman.

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Android

Orlando Orthopaedic

Feb 3, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   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

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Android

HAND Journal

Feb 3, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Residents, Subscription, Upper  // 

A journal app for the Hand Journal.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

This is a journal app for Hand. Unfortunately, the app requires a personal login for access. Thus, a detail review cannot be provided at this time.

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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

Cervical Spondylosis

Feb 3, 2014   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Spine, Under $1  // 

Stretching, activity, and strengthening exercises focused on reducing symptoms of cervical spondylosis.

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

This interesting app provides information and demonstrations of exercises to assist with cervical spondylosis. What makes the app “unique” is the graphical presentation which, for lack of a better description, reminds me of the graphics one would find on Super Nintendo.  Nevertheless, the app includes 3 stretching exercises, 7 active exercises, and 8 strengthening exercises for the cervical spine. These includes things like trapezius stretch, isometric lateral neck flexion, or chin tucks.  Each exercise has a “video” demonstration that consists of captions while the Super Nintendo-esque graphics demonstration the motion through a series of static images.  The app has no information about the author or developer, but all exercises seem relatively common and safe. Thus, the app may be useful for individuals searching for a quick reference to cervical spine exercises.

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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.

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

PingMD (updated)

HIPAA compliant messaging

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

iPhone Free Download
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Android Free Download

 

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.

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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
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Sookasa

Cloud based file storage that is secure and encrypted

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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

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Android —- —-

Kerlan-Jobe

Sep 6, 2013   //   by John Andrawis   //   All Apps, Business, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients  // 

Easy to use app for patients to keep in touch with Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic based out of Los Angeles has created an app to help their patients keep in touch through an iPhone/iPad device. The app is easy to use and allows patients to read up on Kerlan-Jobe physicians and see where other practices are located. The app does a great job including relevant information about Kerlan-Jobe in the news and gives patients contact information and parking information about Kerlan-Jobe’s different clinic. However, the app is not as advanced as other clinic apps and doesn’t include any patient information about rehab services or surgery specific information. I was particularly disappointed that the app also did not allow patients to make appointments through the app interface itself and required users to call the scheduling desk or have the scheduling desk call them. Overall a nice app for Kerlan-Jobe patients, but not the best one on the market.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android —- —-

 

OrtoEscores

Easy app to calculate outcomes scores for patients

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 5

This is a great app to help staff calculate relevant outcome scores for patients. The app includes 30 different outcome measures that surgeons can use to help establish measures for how patients are progressing through their care. The app has the functionality to email this information to the patient and to the surgeon. However, a significant portion of the app is in Portuguese as it was originally made for use in Brazil. Also, the formatting of some of the surveys on the iPhone are not the best Overall a great app to calculate outcomes scores that will be more useful once fully translated and more functional on the iPhone.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

Figure1

Photo sharing app for physicians 

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Soon —-

ICJR – International Congress for Joint Reconstruction

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Recent Reviews, Residents, Subscription, Top  // 

This comprehensive app includes joint reconstruction lectures, procedures, and technologies.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

This free app is published by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR), a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of orthopaedic care. The app is very well made and includes video presentations from past ICJR meetings. The current version can be accessed in guest mode which permits 3 video downloads.  As of August 2013, there were 35 conferences with videos to access and 9 more upcoming in the next 2 years.  The app also includes the ability to save videos for watching later, search by faculty, and search for particular topics.  The app includes other common features such as video sharing via email and full screen video review.  The video I downloaded was very high quality.

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

*Requires login for full access. Guest access limited to 3 videos.

Sports Health-HD

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, Lower, Recent Reviews, Sports, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to Sports Health publication

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

iPhone Free* Download
iPad Free* Download
Android

*Requires subscription for full text access

UCSF Center for Joint Replacement

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews, 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 toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Recent Reviews, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (British) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics – American

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Pediatrics, Recent Reviews, Residents, Subscription  // 

Mobile access to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American)

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (American) is part of a series of digital journal conversions by Wolters Kluwer.  This simple, intuitive, and sleek app allows users to download complete issues of the journal and browse full articles.  The app is organized into the “library” – which shows all journal issues – and the “viewer” – where journals can be read.  The journal is presented in entirety, including the table of contents and advertisements.  The key feature, however, is the integration of links among the table of contents, emailing links, posting to twitter and facebook, and hopefully the future integration of digital media.  Currently, the app and journals are offered for free, however a subscription will likely be required in the future. For now, though, download the app and benefit from this fantastic resource.

 

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Orthopedics Glossary

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   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 Spine Principles

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Spine, Trauma  // 

A visually impressive description of AO Spine treatment principles.

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

This simple and lightweight app includes basic information about the AO Spine principles.  The app is divided into 3 main sections: the home screen, principles, and details. There are 6 different classifications: trauma, tumor, deformity, degeneration, infection, and metabolic/inflammatory/genetic.  Selecting each section then includes a rotating wheel describing each of the 4 principles: stability, alignment, biology, and function.  The information provided is general and broad, and does not serve as a useful resource.  However, as a single download and review, this is somewhat interesting.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

AO Davos Courses 2012

Aug 31, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, News, Products, Recent Reviews, 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 toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, 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 toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Journals/Books, Recent Reviews  // 

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 toporthoapps   //   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

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.

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Orthopedics Today Healio

Mobile Access to the Orthopaedics Today Magazine

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

This is a good mobile version of the Orthopaedics Today. The app updates with the latest and most recent articles within different topics of orthopaedics daily. While this app lacks a search option and the ability to find to find old articles, it does allows you to star favorite articles and is trying to build a video library of expert talks in the field.

Overall a good app for a useful magazine.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Mobile Access to Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3+

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine has done an excellent job in advancing it’s journals into mobile platforms. With the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine they have provided unrestricted open access to full text in an easy-to-use format. The articles are available for download and can be viewed through the mobile app.  This app does an excellent job giving the reader up-to-date app features: search function to find journal articles, share articles to peers via email, and easily save articles to a favorite’s folder. My only criticism reading the journal articles is slightly clunk and doesn’t allow you to make notes or easily manipulate the journal articles.

Overall a very useful Journal application with advanced app features.

 

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Goniometer Pro (G-Pro)

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

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 toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, News, Recent Reviews, 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 toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Business, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Recent Reviews, Residents  // 

Mobile access to the Orthopaedics Today Europe magazine.

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

AAOS Musculoskeletal Exam – Shoulder

May 4, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Recent Reviews, Reference, Residents, Sports, Under $10, Upper  // 

Simple app to learn shoulder exam and special tests

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

I commend the AAOS’ effort to create mobile educational material for students and trainees, the first of which is this simple app for learning the shoulder exam and special tests.  This app has a very simple structural layout in list form that presents the shoulder 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 30 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

 

Wrist Repair

May 4, 2013   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, Upper  // 

3D animated distal radius fracture fixation

Overall: 3
Functionality: 1
Coolness: 4

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

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Android

 

Gout Channel

Dec 26, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

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

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Nerve Whiz

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

Overall: 5+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5+

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Heel Thy Tendon

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

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

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

HandMD

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

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

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

SG Sports & Ortho

Dec 26, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

iSplint

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

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

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Top Ortho “App”

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

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

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Android

Orthopaedic Patient Information

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.

iPhone
iPad $49.99 Download
Android

Skeleton System 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+

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

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $14.99 Download
Android

Spine Pro III

Sep 5, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews, 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
iPad $19.99 Download
Android

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
Android

Ankle & Foot 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+

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

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

Arthrosurface

Sep 5, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews  // 

3D virtual knee models promoting Arthrosurface products.

Overall: 2
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

iPhone
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Android

Biomet Bone Model

Sep 5, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Lower, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews, Residents  // 

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3

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

iPhone
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Android

Stryker ARIA Spine

Sep 5, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, Patients, Products, Recent Reviews, Spine  // 

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4+

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

iPhone
iPad Free 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.

iPhone
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Android

VCF Mobile

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

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

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 3+

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android

JBJS ImageQuiz

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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iPad $0.99 Download
Android

Bone and Joint

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4+

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

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iPad Free* Download
Android

 

Biolox

Sep 2, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Business, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Products, Recent Reviews, Reference  // 

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

OrthoRef Lite

Jun 8, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, 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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

OrthoRef

Jun 8, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, General Ortho, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Recent Reviews, 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.

iPhone $3.99 Download
iPad $3.99 Download
Android

3D Consultation

May 26, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, General Ortho, iPad Apps, Patients, Recent Reviews  // 

 

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.

iPhone
iPad $99.99 Download
Android

 

Mobile Coder Foot and Ankle

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

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

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Android

Zimmer 411

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

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

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual

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

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Aesculap OrthoPilot USA

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

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

I.T.S. InfoPoint

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

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

iPhone
iPad Free Download
Android

FlipChart for Spine

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

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

iPhone
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Android

Septic Hip

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Residents, Students, Under $1, Utilities  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

This quick-reference app is designed to use a popular clinical algorithm to assist with the diagnostic distinction between transient synovitis and septic arthritis of the hip.  The app is based on 5 clinical predictors: fever, weight-bearing, ESR, WBC (published by Kocher et al. in 1999) and CRP (added by Caird et al. in 2006).  The interface is simple and intuitive by allowing the user to select the predictors that apply to a particular patient.  By touching “next,” the user is then presented with the probability of septic arthritis as calculated by each study individually (validated), and the overall probability of septic arthritis (average of the two).  Overall, this is a simple app that offers a convenient way to utilize an existing and popular clinical diagnostic algorithm.

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iBones

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   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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iPad $1.99 Download
Android

Knee Pain

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 3

Knee Pain is an app “course” created by Dr. Eric Gozna to teach his mnemonic for the 10 most common sources of knee pain: “four thought” on the knee.  The app is actually a narrated slideshow format that auto-advances through 55 slides of informational slides that include descriptions of the anatomy, as well as information about the pathology, the presentation, the diagnosis and treatment.  Some slides include video examples of a clinical exam, and some slides include review questions to reinforce concepts and lessons.  The concept of the app is novel.  Dr. Gozna’s credentials are listed on the site (an orthopaedic surgeon in Canada), however the information presented may be more credible if endorsed by an orthopaedic society.  Overall, the presentation is clear and may be most useful to students, non-orthopaedic providers, or patients interested in learning more about knee pain in a community-based practice.

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iPad $9.99 Download
Android $9.62 Download

Tumorpedia Soft Tissue

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Soft Tissue” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology.  This version includes over 14 orthopaedic soft tissue tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $2.99 Download
Android $2.99 Download

Tumorpedia Lite

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

Tumorpedia Foot and Ankle

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Foot and Ankle” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes 23 orthopaedic foot and ankle tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $2.99 Download
Android $2.99 Download

Tumorpedia Espanol

Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Espanol” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes over 100 orthopaedic tumors with complete information in Spanish.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $2.99 Download
Android $2.99 Download

Tumorpedia Bone

Feb 20, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Residents, Study/Review, Top, Tumor, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 4-
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

This app is the “Bone” version in the Tumorpedia series, a collection of apps that serve as an encyclopedia of orthopaedic oncology based on www.bonetumor.org.  This version includes over 70 orthopaedic bone tumors.  Each topic is divided into general information, incidence and demographics, xrays, MRI, CT, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment.  The amount of information presented for each topic is variable, but generally a specific and informative overview of the topic is included.  The images are especially useful for demonstrating “typical” appearances on imaging exams and pathologic specimens.   The app also includes an “updated” feature, suggesting that the database may undergo regular updates in the future.  It appears that images are downloaded in real-time from a server, thus the app is of limited use when no WiFi or wireless data signal is available. As a result, some of the images did not load during my testing.  Overall, this series of orthopaedic tumor information is an inexpensive and useful reference for orthopaedic trainees, nurses, and other medical providers who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal tumors.  Because this is a first version, hopefully future versions will be available with improved functionality.

iPhone $2.99 Download
iPad $2.99 Download
Android $2.99 Download

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
iPad $9.99 Download
Android

CCJR Mobile

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

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

Hospital for Special Surgery: Top Ranked Hospital

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

 

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

 

Shoulder Pain

Feb 2, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Reference, Students, Under $10, Upper  // 
Overall: 3+
Functionality: 2+
Coolness: 3

 

Shoulder Pain is an app “course” created by Dr. Eric Gozna to teach his mnemonic for the six most common causes of shoulder pain: FACTSS.  The app is actually a narrated slideshow format that auto-advances through 71 slides of informational slides that include descriptions of each pathology, as well as information about the pathology, the presentation, the diagnosis and treatment.  Some slides include video examples of a clinical exam, and some slides include review questions to reinforce concepts and lessons.  The concept of the app is novel.  Dr. Gozna’s credentials are listed on the site (an orthopaedic surgeon in Canada), however the information presented may be more credible if endorsed by an orthopaedic society.  Overall, the presentation is clear and may be most useful to students, non-orthopaedic providers, or patients interested in learning more about shoulder pain in a community-based practice.

iPhone $9.99 Download
iPad $9.99 Download
Android $10.07 Download

 

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.

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android Free Download

 

iOrtho+

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 4

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

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

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

iPhone Free + $14.99 Download
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Aesculap Spine MIS Thoracolumbar

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

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad Free Download
Android

CARE for Patients

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

 

This app and service sets the standard for the future of mobile medicine.  Created by physical therapists, the app is an extension of the CARE subscription service available to surgeons which provides a personalized website and personalized physical therapy/rehabilitation protocols for patients.   The app is incredibly comprehensive by providing information to patients about their surgery, their surgeon, and lists the exercises they should be performing week-by-week after surgery with complete video demonstrations.

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

The app itself consists of the sections described above.  Pre- and post-operative information is available to patients, and the post-operative physical therapy protocol is clearly organized for patients to reference either at home or at the gym.  Overall, the application has been well implemented and the service is currently being used by various academic and private practices nationwide.

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

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Android

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iSpinePainManagement

Jan 13, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into analgesia, diagnostic, and discectomy of the cervical (3 sections) and lumbar (3 sections) spine.  Within each sub-section users will then find an expended collection of treatment modalities (i.e. facet joint injection, spinal cord simulation trial, etc.).  Then, once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the problem or part, watch a relevant educational video, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.0 GB download size.

 

iPhone $89.99 Download
iPad $89.99 Download
Android

 

iSpineOperations

Jan 13, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into the anterior approaches, decompression, discectomy, and fusion of the cervical (4 sections) and lumbar (4 sections) spine in addition to an additional section titled bone graft harvesting.  Once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the operation and watch a relevant educational video focusing on the procedure goals or technique, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.4 GB download size.

 

iPhone $89.99 Download
iPad $89.99 Download
Android

 

iSpineCare

Jan 13, 2012   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine  // 
Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 4

 

This app is part of a group of spine-related education tools designed to help clinicians presents information about the spine to patients.  The app is organized in a list format divided into the anatomy, movements, muscles, and pathology of the cervical (4 sections) and lumbar (4 sections) spine.  Within each sub-section users will then find an expended collection of body parts or pathologies (i.e. fact joints, discs, congenital stenosis, disc protrusion, etc.).  Then, once selecting the desired topic, app users can read a brief description of the problem or part, watch a relevant educational video, view demonstrative key images, review relevant medical imaging, and read notes on the subject.  An impressive feature is that the notes are compatible with AirPrint if available on your iPhone, which allows for direct printing to a compatible wireless printer.

Overall, the information provided is basic and appropriate for educating patients about their diseases.  The images are very clear and well-designed computer graphics and maintain a consistent style throughout the app.  The images also include appropriate labels and markers for demonstration purposes and are accompanied by additional information about the patient and pathology.  This app can be useful to providers who choose to educate their patients about cervical and lumbar disease using their iPhone or iPad.  The videos appear to be native to the device, explaining the app’s 1.3 GB download size.

 

iPhone $59.99 Download
iPad $59.99 Download
Android

 

CORE – Clinical Orthopedic Exam

Dec 31, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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.

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

 

Mobile Coder Hand & Wrist

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

 

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

 

iPhone Free* Download
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Android

Scores-SF36

Dec 27, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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.

 

iPhone $14.99 Download
iPad $14.99 Download
Android

 

Scores-ODI

Dec 27, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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.

 

iPhone $9.99 Download
iPad $9.99 Download
Android

 

Paley Growth

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

 

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

 

iPhone Free Download
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Android

 

 

AgingSpine

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

AgingSpine is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about degenerative spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, degenerative scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar stenosis, and cervical stenosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, AgingSpine is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

ShoulderDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

ShoulderDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about shoulder anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include rotator cuff tear, bursitis, impingement, calcific tendinitis, glenohumeral arthritis, acromioclavicular arthritis, instability, proximal humeral fractures, clavicle fractures, AC separation, frozen shoulder, and biceps tendon tears & tendinitis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, ShoulderDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

KneeDecide

Nov 14, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Arthroplasty, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Sports, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

KneeDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about knee bone, tendon, meniscus, and ligament anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include meniscal tear, ACL tear, MCL injuries, PCL tear, patellofemoral chondrosis, tibiofemoral chondrosis, chondral lesions, advanced arthritis, lateral patellar compression syndrome, patellar dislocation, patellar tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, iliotibial band syndrome, mechanical disorders, and fractures.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, KneeDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

Bones, Joints & Muscles

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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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HandDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5, Upper  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

HandDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about hand anatomy in different regions of the hand and wrist while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist injury, TFCC, thumb base arthritis, de Quervain’s tendonitis, skier’s thumb, ganglion cyst, mallet finger, dupuytren’s contracture, trigger finger, and flexor tendon injury.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Video and audio recordings are also included to narrate the text and demonstrate surgical procedures. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include a physical therapist, plastic surgeon, and manicurist.  Overall, HandDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic hand conditions.  At only $1.99 this application is a great value for the amount of information included.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
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FootDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Patients, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

FootDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about foot anatomy in different regions of the foot and ankle while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include Achilles tendonitis/Haglund’s deformity, ankle and subtalar arthritis, peroneal tendonitis/tear, bunionette (taylor’s bunion), Morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, interdigital callus, metatarsalgia, tarsometatarsal arthritis, stress fracture/reaction, ankle sprain, second MTP instability, bunion (hallux valgus), plantar fasciitis, and posterior tibial tendinosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions and this particular app expands the selection to include an orthotist, cobbler, and pedicurist.  Overall, FootDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic foot conditions.

iPhone $1.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
Android

SpineDecide

Nov 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Patients, Spine, Top, Trauma, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 5
Functionality: 5
Coolness: 5

SpineDecide is part of the Orca Health collection of apps that provides information for patients about various orthopaedic conditions.  Like the entire “decide” series, the user interface, graphics, and interactive anatomy modules are superb and allow the user to learn about spine anatomy while rotating, flexing, and zooming in on the images.  The conditions covered in this app include cervical bulge, cervical herniation, cervical stenosis, spondylolisthesis, lumbar bulge, lumber herniation, lumbar stenosis, degenerative disc disease, kyphosis, and scoliosis.  Consistent with the entire line of apps, each disease includes a plethora of xray, MRI, and CT imaging with appropriate annotations demonstrating normal and pathologic conditions.  Audio recordings are also included to narrate the text as well. Like the other apps in this series, users can search for medical providers that treat these conditions.  Overall, SpineDecide is a very impressive addition to the Orca Health “decide” series and has the potential to greatly improve patient education and comprehension about orthopaedic conditions.

iPhone $4.99 Download
iPad $4.99 Download
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Synthes

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4+
Coolness: 4

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

Cost: Free
Download Synthes Here

Sigma Knee Replacement

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

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

Cost:Free
Download Sigma Knee Replacement Here

FlipChart

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

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 4

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

Cost:Free
Download FlipChart Here

 

inMotion

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

Cost:Free
Download inMotion Here

OpTech Live

Oct 3, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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 toporthoapps   //   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 toporthoapps   //   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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ASSH 2011

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

Overall: 4+
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5

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

Cost: Free
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SugarSync

Oct 1, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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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Mobile Coder Orthopedics

Sep 28, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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.

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Google Translate

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

Overall: 5
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 5+

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

Cost: Free
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MedCalc

Overall: 3
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 2

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

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

Dragon Dictation

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 5

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

Cost: Free
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BoneCast

Sep 26, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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
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Android $1.99 Download

Hand Feed

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

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

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android Free Download

Epocrates

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

Overall: 4
Functionality: 4
Coolness: 2+

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

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

Sep 26, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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 toporthoapps   //   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.”

 

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Multiplier

Sep 26, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   All Apps, Android Apps, Clinical, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Lower, Pediatrics, Reference, Residents, Trauma  // 

Overall: 3+
Functionality: 3
Coolness: 3

Designed to help surgeons predict leg-length discrepancies at maturity, this app has expanded the use of Paley’s Multiplier tables to allow for the prediction of height, upper extremity length, and timing of epiphysiodesis.  The app itself is published by Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and includes a variety of references from their institution.  In addition to an intuitive user interface, there are useful resources including a complete multiplier table as well as the Elbow Scoring System to determine skeletal age.  Some of the formatting for tables is awkward and could benefit from a re-design, but the app also includes additional information such as AP and lateral foot measurements. Overall, the app is certainly a requirement for any medical student, resident, fellow, or attending working with pediatric orthopaedic patients.

Cost: Free
Download for iPhone Here
Download for iPad Here

AAOS Code X-Lite

Sep 24, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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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BoneFeed

Sep 24, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   Academic, All Apps, Android Apps, Clinicians, Free, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Journals/Books, News, Residents, Students, Top, Under $10, Under $5  // 
Overall: 3
Functionality: 3+
Coolness: 1

Similar to its close relatives, HandFeed and SportsMed, this app is an RSS reader for orthopaedic-related publications.  The user can customize the feeds that are presented, including JBJS-Am, JBJS-Br, CORR, JHS-Am, Spine, JPO, and many more.  The feeds allow the user to review an abstract, view the full text article directly from the journal website (if you have online access), post comments, or share the paper via Twitter, Facebook, or email.  Overall, this app is a simple and intuitive way for orthopaedic surgeons to keep up-to-date with the latest publications 24-hours a day.

iPhone Free Download
iPad
Android $1.99 Download

AO Muller Classification

Sep 23, 2011   //   by toporthoapps   //   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 toporthoapps   //   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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