The world of orthopaedics is dynamic and constantly changing. As with any field, being involved in orthopaedics is much more than just diagnosing and treating orthopaedic injuries. Keeping up to date is critical.

The Healio: Orthopaedics Today app covers topics in all orthopaedic specialty areas and has relevant health policy, business practice, and industry information important to anyone involved in orthopaedics. This is a strong medical app resource that contains relevant up-to-date information for orthopaedic specialists.

The application is designed by SLACK Incorporated which has a long track record within the medical community for delivering medical conference, research journal, business, and industry news.

Healio: Orthopaedics Today app is designed for healthcare professionals working in musculoskeletal health.

The app system content is regularly updated, most recently 10/30/13, to improve bugs, user interface, and multimedia. Most importantly, the informative content is updated almost daily.

User Interface

The app opens with a list of headlines on the main menu. These are mainly recent journal abstracts and important news updates relevant to the field of orthopaedics.

Main Menu

Scrolling through the topics gives a quick overview of recent orthopaedic developments. Alternatively, the user can click on the Topics tab at the bottom of the app to view specific topic areas.


The Topics areas include–Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Biologics, Business of Orthopaedics, Foot/Ankle, Hand/Wrist, Hip, Imaging, Infection, Knee, Oncology, Osteoporosis, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, Shoulder/Elbow, Spine, Sports Medicine, Total Joint Reconstruction, and Trauma. These topics cover current issues in orthopaedics and frequently overlap. For example, recent guidelines regarding thromboprophylaxis before orthopaedic surgery may include a research article on the topic and a business practice guideline report.

Similarly, changes in health care laws that affect industry relationships and reimbursement models are recent topics covered in the app. The user taps on any topic of interest to go to that article. On the article page, they have the option to Share, Save, or Comment on the information. Periodically, leaders in the field of interest comment on the article or add notes about their experience with the article topic.


Many articles have links to the full journal article if only an abstract is presented. Any saved articles will be moved to the Saved tab at the bottom of the app for viewing at a later time.

The app also has a Videos section with short clips from leaders in the field. These videos cover the same range of topics as the articles, but are much fewer in number. The videos also include some surgical techniques. The videos are professional quality and also provide the options to Share or Save for later viewing.


  • Free


  • The app includes a comprehensive set of topics relevant to orthopaedic specialists
  • The app is updated regularly with new information
  • The app has the ability to share content with your contacts


  • The information is limited to what SLACK Incorporated has the rights to present
  • There is no option to use push notifications for topics of interest to the user
  • There is no ability to search for certain articles or videos

Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app

  • Any healthcare worker who has a role in orthopaedics and wants to stay up-to-date on orthopaedic topics.


  • Overall, this application is easy to use, delivers well on its intended purpose, and covers many diverse topics in orthopaedics. The user interface could use improved search and notification functions. Considering the app is free, it is definitely worth checking out if you work in orthopaedic healthcare.

Type of Device used to review app–iPhone 5, Version of App: 1.2

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  1. User Interface: 3/5 – The information is presented in a list format interface that is easy to navigate. With a few clicks, the user can navigate to topics of interest, however, the lack of a search function makes it difficult to find previous articles or topics of interest.
  2. Multimedia usage: 3/5 – The videos are great and cover many topics, but the number of videos is minimal compared to the plethora of articles in the app. The app design is relatively basic without special image or transition features.
  3. Price: 5/5 – The application is free and there are no in-app purchases. A small advertisement bug is located at the bottom of the app.
  4. Real world applicability: 4/5 – This is a great application for quick updates in the field of orthopaedics. The mobile app is much more convenient for busy medical professionals than a print journal.

Nathan Skelley is an orthopaedic surgery resident at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri where he developed his interest in mobile health technologies and orthopaedics. After attending Cornell University, where he majored in Science and Technology studies, he earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Nathan Skelley works to integrate mobile health technologies in his treatment of orthopaedic sports injuries.

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