By: Jay Agarwal

Purpose of App Review

  • How well does this app allow cardiothoracic surgeons keep a record of their cases?

Introduction

CTCaseLog is an app developed to help cardiothoracic surgeons keep track of their cases. The app includes most of the surgeries that are listed for this specialty on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery website. This includes many pediatric and vascular procedures. The app also has capabilities such as including pictures in the case logs and connecting to Dropbox which can make the app convenient to use.

User Interface

When opening this app, the first screen gives you the option to either add a new case, edit older cases, or look at reports of the cases that have been entered. The limited options available at the start menu make the app easy to use.

However, I think it would be better if the app was password protected at the welcome screen to protect the entered information.

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By clicking Add New Case, the app opens up a screen which allows you to input information for the case. Data that can be entered includes patient initials, age, procedure location, diagnosis, etc.

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The last screen also has the option of uploading pictures from the case. These pictures can be taken directly when inputting a new case or can be selected from a photo album. Since there is no password protection, it may be important to leave out any patient identity revealing information from any picture selected.

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Once a new case is added, there are several options to save the information. The case information can be saved directly into the app, saved in Dropbox, printed or emailed. To look at previously entered cases, the main screen has an option for reports. The reports section allows you to sort entered cases by date of operation, age of patient, type of operation, outcome, etc. This gives the surgeon flexibility on how they want to view their past cases.

However, once the criteria are selected, this app presents one case at a time. If the search criteria resulted in a hundred cases, the surgeon would need to swipe through each case to find the one they might be interested in. It would be better if there was a scroll option.

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The app also has an option to edit previously entered cases which could use a similar sorting function to the reports section. If a surgeon added hundreds of cases to this app, the edit options has no way of narrowing down which case you may be interested in editing.

The app also has a utilities button which brings a few more options to the user. On this screen they can add all of the current hospitals or locations that they perform procedures at, connect/link to their Dropbox as well as send feedback to the developer.

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When adding entered cases to Dropbox, the file uploaded is a PDF, but the utilities page also allows for the option of uploading a spreadsheet version of the file.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Includes most procedures performed by cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Very easy user interface
  • Capabilities to export information through Dropbox and email in various file types

Dislikes

  • There is no password to use the app. This allows patient information to be accessed by anyone using the device.
  • There is no search criteria for editing previous cases.
  • Sorting through the reports section can be improved.

Healthcare providers that would benefit from app

  • This app would be useful to surgeons who perform thoracic surgery.

Conclusions

  • This app is useful for surgeons who want to record the cases that they have performed. The user interface is easy to use, but several sections could be improved to make large volumes of data easier to sort through.
  • This app does not have a password protection which could make using this app less appealing, especially if the surgeon decided to use the option to include pictures.
  • This app has capabilities to export information to Dropbox and through email which make accessing information from the app more convenient.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  • Yes

iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars)

  1. Overall: 3.6 Stars.
  2. User Interface 4/5 Stars. Very easy to use. The app has a tutorial at the beginning as well.
  3. Multimedia usage N/a.
  4. Price 5/5 Stars. Free.
  5. Real world applicability 2/5 Stars. This app could be useful for surgeons to log thoracic surgery cases on the go and access them later on a computer. However, due to the lack of privacy protection, there may be limits to how much information can be included in each case entry.

Compatibility: iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPod Touch 3rd, 4th and 5th generation and iPad
Requires: iOS 5.1 or later
Tested on: iPhone 4

 

Disclaimer:

This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.