OrthoCare: Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Dry Bones

Price: $14.99

OrthoCare: iPhone App Video Review

OrthoCare for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you have bones? If you’re an human, we’re willing to bet good money you do: To our more gelatinous readers, you might want to skip this one. You see, the app we’re detailing today is called OrthoCare (Clinically Relevant Technologies) and it’s all about your bones. The app is a fantastic, if somewhat pricy, way to learn about your bones, as well as the various conditions they’re likely to endure during their lifespan. If you suffer from specific orthopedic issues, the app might just be a lifesaver. And if you’re a junior surgeon or medical student, the app is just about the best study manual you could ever hope for—best of all, it fits directly into your pocket! All in all, OrthoCare sports an impressive amount of information. For our full thoughts on this bony app, check below the break!

Concept and Functionality

As stated, OrthoCare is more or less an amalgam of various bone-related information, serving as a miniature edition of Grey’s Anatomy with a particular emphasis on the white stuff. Each of the app’s diagnostic packets is broken into anatomically relevant categories, like Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Axial and General. This makes it quick and painless to find an area of the body you’re interested in. Additionally, the app also includes a query bar for the med student in a rush before a test or procedure. Within each category you’ll find a massive list of possible conditions. Clicking on any of them produces a full diagnostic sweep, including information about the condition, symptoms, preop management, surgery procedures, etc. Considering each of these is present for every condition, you’re looking at a mammoth effort that’s perfect for the doctor in waiting. And with the ability to favorite any condition in the list for quick review later, we have a feeling your med-school tests just got more than a little easier.

Design and Graphics

OrthoCare for iPhone

OrthoCare for iPhone

Overall, we appreciated the additional graphical measures the developers have taken to make OrthoCare look sporty on the iPhone. For instance, there’s a clipboard motif running throughout that’s pleasant and eye catching. However, we did find this containment field a bit cramped where the actual diagnostic texts are concerned. There’s a lot of scrolling involved, and we sometimes wished the app took a step back and allowed more of the data to be displayed at once. Still, we greatly appreciated the ability to favor items, as well as the sheer volume of information stored here. OrthoCare is an undeniably packed resource, and that’s a tremendous boon.

Overall Value

Considering the app costs a whopping $14.99 in the App Store, we have a feeling only those in need of a medical compendium with a bone emphasis will be interested. With that in mind, the app is an incredible value if you’re in need. For the simply curious user, however, a quick Google search might be more cost-effective.

OrthoCareOrthoCare requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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