New OrthoMind app unshackles surgeons from stationary computers
Our focus this month will shift toward using technology to connect and communicate among orthopedic colleagues. We interview Aman Shah, MBBS, the chief operations officer of OrthoMind, LLC, a virtual practice community of U.S. board-certified orthopedic surgeons.
Matthew DiPaola, MD;
and Orrin I. Franko, MD
Aman Shah, MBBS: Our board members and founders are highly specialized and prominent orthopedic surgeons. They approached the issue of developing a platform for orthopedic surgeons from an orthopedic surgeon’s perspective. That is, rather than develop a place where third-party news or multimedia content is presented and passively consumed by reading or watching, we wanted surgeons to feel comfortable sharing their own content and actively discussing issues they felt were timely and important to them. We knew there should be a way to use technology for the surgeon’s benefit and for the explicit purpose of improving the practice of orthopedics. By maintaining that integrity and focus, orthopedic surgeons could work together on improving patient care, dealing with policy and regulatory changes, and ethically channeling their relationships with industry, etc.
Orrin I. Franko
The iPhone and iPad apps are a logical extension of this concept. Surgeons, more than most doctors, are on the move and what they do is visual. If OrthoMind was to remain true to its purpose, it was necessary to unshackle the surgeon from the stationary computer and to give them the ability to capture the images of what they see during patient care or at meetings.
Shah: The reality is that almost every time surgeons see patients, they see a computer. Almost every time they learn something or take a practice related action, they see a computer. Given surgeons’ lifestyles, the computer has to be as mobile as they are. Mobile technologies already allow surgeons to take a “library” with them and technologies are rapidly evolving to a point where they also have access to all their medical records.
What is missing in the mobile space are colleagues. With OrthoMind, surgeons also have access to the collective experience, knowledge, insights and input of thousands of their colleagues as well as the ethical, responsive and efficient presence of industry partners where they need it. To a considerable extent, OrthoMind already provides this, and in the coming months, we intend to make this a substantial reality.
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Orrin I. Franko, MD, is a PGY5 orthopedic resident at UC San Diego. He has an interest in promoting mobile technology within orthopedic surgery and founded the website www.TopOrthoApps.com to help surgeons and trainees find the most relevant orthopedic apps for their mobile devices. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Aman Shah, MBBS, is the chief operations officer of OrthoMind. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosures: DiPaola and Franko have no relevant financial disclosures. Shah is a full-time employee of OrthoMind.