iPhone Medical Software Assists with Physical Exam and Diagnosis of Musculoskeletal Conditions

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High demand for tools that promote effective healthcare continues. A robust new iphone medical software app is an adjunct to clinicians in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal ailments.

CORE - Clinical ORthopedic Exam for iPhone

Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common causes driving healthcare consultation. In a recent study (British J of General Practice, 2007) it was cited as occupying 18% of an entire clinician workload with the majority of assessment and management occurring in a primary care setting.

"Management of musculoskeletal symptoms from back-related conditions and osteoarthritis alone cost over $250 billion to manage each year, a price that is not expected to decrease any time soon. The prevalence of these conditions is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years." said Dan Rhon, chief operating officer of Clinically Relevant Technologies
Appropriate diagnosis of these conditions is the first step in effective treatment and management. Clinicians now have at their disposal medical iphone software that will provide access to clinical tests based on body region and condition.

"In some conditions, the clinical exam has been shown to have equal or higher diagnostic strength then an xray or MRI. In many cases performing these tests adequately and in their correct context can limit the need for further diagnostic tests such as MRI and xray. There are many clinical tests for diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions, but they vary in sensitivity for ruling in and out pathology. A clinician needs to weight the results of different tests uniquely and with perspective to the individual patient sitting in front of them. With new research emerging often, it can be challenging to stay up to date." said Dr. Dan Rhon.

The new medical iphone software application CORE - Clinical ORthopedic Exam promotes diagnosis and clinical decision-making based on evidence-supported principles. It consists of nearly 250 tests (and growing) that are used for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology. Among the key features of the medical iphone app are the ability to read the instructions for performing the test as it was originally described by the test authors, view video demonstration to supplement the written instructions, and a "test properties" section that will let the user evaluate diagnostic properties such as likelihood ratios which help clinicians rule in or rule out a certain condition based on sound evidence-based principles. Each of these diagnostic properties is supported by a PUBMed linked reference. Every clinical test listed in this medical iphone software application has a supporting reference from peer-reviewed medical literature. To see a youtube video of the medical iphone application go to the company's website or on YouTube

About Clinically Relevant Technologies
CRTech, LLC is a company comprised of clinicians actively involved in healthcare who seek to promote the use of evidence-based clinical strategies for patient management in the health care sector focusing on medical iphone software.

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