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Archive July 2018 XIX, No. 7

There's An App For That

Standout apps that will help you run your facility from the palm of your hand.

Mike Morsch

Mike Morsch, Associate Editor


THE FUTURE IS NOW Apps make it easier than ever to communicate with patients.

Need to order supplies, schedule your staff, check your patients' health histories, update your surgeons' preference cards, earn your CE credits? There's an app for that, as well as for many other facets of running a surgical facility you might not know about.

Take a quick look at your smart phone's home screen. How many surgical apps are sharing space with your social media and shopping apps? If you see Facebook and Amazon icons, but none for apps that could make your facility more efficient, here's a look at 7 useful apps you might want to download. They could eliminate time-consuming manual processes so you can focus on providing great service to your patients and physicians. And, who knows, they could supplant Netflix as your new favorite app.


Engage patients before and after admission through automated, daily check-ins with HealthLoop, a free app that lets patients communicate effectively with the physician's office.

"It connects the patient with the surgeon's office for questions, early reporting of problems, pre-op entry of patient function scores and post-op entry of function by patient," says Gabrielle White, RN, CASC, executive director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute Surgery Center in Newport Beach, Calif. "It collates the data and sends reports to the surgeons."

ASRA Coags

ASRA Coags
Is it safe to perform a neuraxial procedure on that patient? This app gives your anesthesia providers instant access to the latest American Society for Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Anticoagulation Guidelines for neuraxial intervention so they can make quick, evidence-based decisions.

"Given the array of old and new anticoagulants, having this information at your fingertips is awesome for patient safety and conversations with your surgeons," says anesthesiologist Eugene Viscusi, MD, the director of acute pain management at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. $3.99 on iTunes or Google Play.

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