Recent App Reviews

  • Stanford Microsurgery and Resident Training March 31, 2016 Essentially microsurgery information, tips, and techniques from Stanford University. Overall: 3+ Functionality: 3+ Coolness: 2 The SMaRT app is a free resource for anyone who performs microsurgery, or for microsurgeons in training.  The app is organized into a simple menu that includes Preparation, Practice Models, Suturing, Intra-Operative Technique, and Study Question headings.  Despite its simplistic appearance, the information is detailed, complex, and ...
  • My Knee Injury March 31, 2016 A patient-focused app on knee pain and exercises Overall: 2 Functionality: 2 Coolness: 1 MyKneeInjury appears to be focused towards patients with knee pain, and includes an aspect of product sales suggesting it may be commercially motivated.  The app is organized in 12 icon tiles with titles such as “identify injury,” “treatment,” and “flexibility.”  When selecting on injury identification, for example, the ...
  • ACL Rehab March 31, 2016 Patient-focused information about ACL rehab stages and exercises Overall: 3+ Functionality: 3 Coolness: 2 The ACL Rehab app is a relatively comprehensive and detailed resource for patients who may need additional guidance regarding their ACL injury.  Unfortunately the publisher is not named, but this app appears to come from a relatively reliable medical provider.  The home screen includes general information about ACL ...
  • MedTools March 31, 2016 A unified repository of surgical implants, technique guides, comparisons, and unpackaging videos. Overall: 4 Functionality: 4+ Coolness: 4+ With so many orthopedic implant companies and device options, I am amazed it has taken so long for someone to create a central educational repository.  MedTools is attempting to do just that in the form of both a website and app.  The app itself ...
  • DASH Outcome Measure December 5, 2015 Utility for administering and scoring the DASH Outcome Measure Overall: 3+ Functionality: 4 Coolness: 2 This app is very simple and does exactly what it is supposed to do: it helps providers (surgeons, therapists, researchers) administer the DASH Outcome Measure (Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand).  Objectively, the app has very few flaws or limitations.  The user is provided with various ...
  • OrthoFlow December 5, 2015 General orthopaedic trauma app for fracture identification, classification, and management Overall: 3+ Functionality: 3+ Coolness: 3 OrthoFlow is the first app created by MediFlow and is designed to be “your orthopaedic specialist in your pocket.”  The app has a familiar user interface which includes a skeleton for selecting a region of injury, followed by a series of lists to select the specific ...
  • OrthoGuidelines December 5, 2015 App for reviewing the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses. Overall: 5 Functionality: 4+ Coolness: 3 I applaud the AAOS for creating a very useful and intuitive app for reviewing and consulting the AAOS Guidelines and Appropriate Use Criteria for specific diagnoses.  As most orthopaedic surgeons and trainees are aware, the AAOS has committed a significant effort to developing ...
  • OrthoBullets: Bullets* December 5, 2015 OrthoBullets’ stand-alone and companion app with study material, images, questions, and quizzes Overall: 5+ Functionality: 5+ Coolness: 5 OrthoBullets has scored a home run with their new Bullets* app available from the iTunes store.  This app is can be used as a companion app to the existing OrthoBullets website, but also functions extraordinarily well as a stand-alone resource.  The app consists of ...
  • Biolox Inside December 5, 2015 Company information about biolox ceramic implants Overall: 3 Functionality: 3 Coolness: 3 Biolox has produced this information app to give providers detailed product information regarding their ceramic implant component and designs. The app is well-made and include very technical information regarding the shape, size, and cautions with using their ceramic products for hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty.  The app includes numerous videos, ...
  • RealWorld Procedures December 5, 2015 Video and text tutorials for common procedures Overall: 3 Functionality: 3 Coolness: 3 RealWorld has created another app (in addition to RealWorld Orthopaedics) with tutorials for common procedures.  Those relevant to orthopaedic surgeons include digital blocks, local anesthesia, shoulder reduction, suturing, and upper limb slings. Each tutorial has a short video (1-3 min) with a text description of the background, precautions, equipment, ...

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