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Orthopedics. 2011 Dec;34(12):978-81. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20111021-37.

iPad apps for orthopedic surgeons.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Diego, 200 W Arbor Dr, MC 8894, San Diego, CA 92103, USA.


The development and distribution of mobile applications, or apps, designed for medical professionals and patients is quickly expanding, and within this group are apps designed specifically for orthopedic use. Currently, the most popular mobile apps are sponsored by private companies and focus on delivering device-specific information. If this trend toward the use of privately funded educational materials continues, regulations may need to be established to ensure that the information provided is accurate, honest, and supported by peer-reviewed literature. It will likely be the responsibility of the orthopedic community to ensure that the development and use of these apps has appropriate oversight and validation as they are incorporated into clinical practice and training.

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