One of the greatest uses for mobile technology in the clinical workplace is in providing effective patient education at the point of care. The ability to access a range of multimedia and show them directly to the patient is a distinct advantage over other patient education materials. There are a range of specific mobile apps for orthopedic surgeons who wish to engage their patients regarding specific treatments, pathologies and anatomy.
Orca MD Series:
The Decide series from Orca MD has a range of patient education resources covering a wide range of anatomical locations including ShoulderDecide, HandDecide, FootDecide, SpineDecide, KneeDecide
The Orca MD patient education series covers a wide range of anatomical locations and pathologies to educate patients. Each app contains a 3D model of the relevant area complete with labels. These models can be rotated with simple touch gestures as well as showing different layers. The strength of this series comes when looking at common conditions which allows access to a number of arthroscopic and radiological images as well as concise content covering basic information, symptoms and treatment recommendations.
drawMD Orthopedics allows surgeons to create individual patient specific education resources out of various image templates. These can be used to explain relevant conditions and operative procedures which can then be emailed to each patient. Each images starts off with the basic musculoskeletal anatomy which the surgeon can then add various ‘stickers’ to whilst explaining the particular indications or procedure. These images can then be stored for future repeated use and/or emailed to the patient.
Orthopedic Patient Education:
From developers 3D4Medical–well known for their impressive 3D anatomy apps–comes Orthopedic Patient Education. Orthopedic Patient Education contains short animations highlighting a wide range of orthopedic conditions in a range of anatomical locations. There are over 110 videos highlighting anatomy, conditions and treatments which are straightforward to access and accessible via a simple inflate or search function. Most common conditions are covered in the short 2-3min videos which clearly shows the particular subject through clever use of colours and animation. Each video can be stopped and annotated which can then be sent to the patient.