My Knee Guide App Review

image2Total knee arthroplasty is one of the most common orthopaedic procedures performed in medicine today. Over the next several decades, the demand for total knee arthroplasty is projected to increase by over 600%! Orthopaedic surgeons are constantly looking for new ways to educate and engage patients in their care. Similarly, patients are looking for resources to better understand and navigate the complicated healthcare system. The My Knee Guide App is a phenomenal app for orthopaedic surgeons and patients considering total knee arthroplasty.

Provided by Empire Digital, LLC, My Knee Guide is designed with a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and provides a comprehensive educational app for patients and useful resource for surgeons. This app is very unique and paves the way for similar apps serving as educational and planning resources for other types of surgery.

User Interface

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The app opens to the Learning Center–an area with several icons providing more information about knee anatomy, the hospital experience, preoperative and postoperative planning, and checklists. There is even a section for the nonoperative management of knee pain. All of the information in these sections is presented in a very basic and easy-to-understand format. The images and text explain the important information related to the topic but are not overly complicated.

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The Knee section, for example, has an overview of pertinent knee anatomy, an explanation of the pathophysiology of knee pain, and a clear explanation of the surgical process. The app even discusses types of prosthesis available today without promoting certain industry specific brands.

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If the images and artwork were not impressive enough, the app is also enhanced with professionally made videos. The image quality and audio is very clear on a mobile device. These videos integrate well with the other app content.

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The app is not just an educational tool, it also helps patients plan for surgery. The checklists help them remember the preoperative steps involved in preparing for surgery. It even discusses finer details of the operative experience like what to bring for a night or two stay in the hospital. It also has a section for maintaining contact information for different members of their care team.

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Finally, patients using the app can read about other patient experiences with total knee arthroplasty. Although patients should try to speak with their own friends about their knee arthroplasty experience, this part of the app is a nice feature for explaining the potential benefits of this very powerful orthopaedic procedure at improving quality of life.

  • Price
    • Free
    • Great information and educational tool.
    • Excellent user interface.
    • Facilitates planning and understanding total knee arthroplasty.
  • Dislikes
    • The Sponsor’s banner takes up an excessive portion of screen.
    • Would benefit from place to take notes or write reminders/questions for the care team.
  • Overall

    This is one of the best orthopaedic apps I have seen within the app store. The app is a great resource for patients considering total knee arthroplasty that may not be familiar with the procedure. This ‘Free’ resource is definitely worth evaluating for patients and healthcare workers. Hopefully, this app will be an inspiration for using mobile technology to educate and engage patients in other medical treatments.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    The information is presented in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand format.

  • Multimedia Usage

    Great use of images, artwork, and videos.

  • Price

    The app is free for medical specialists.

  • Real World Applicability

    This app can be extremely useful to medical professionals and patients that understand how to use mobile technology.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 5

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