HANDFEED ISSUE RESOLVED The feed issue for JHS Am has been resolved in iOS7. Sharing on the handfeed app is still buggy and one needs to quit the app ans restart it. TO SHARE use the safari browser and share outside of the app for now. While
What's New in Version 7.0 of HANDFEED More complete and new journals, improved more stable sharing, updated feeds and more international content.
HANDFEED is a RSS based abstract collection from peer reviewed journals and other web based media sources regarding HAND SURGERY and Affiliated Professions. It will be of interest to the practicing hand surgeon, hand fellow, orthopedic resident, surgical resident and hand therapist.
HANDFEED allows the user to share an abstract via Facebook, Email or SMS and browse the original abstract in a browser or using safari. This allows HandFeed to be a relevant and up to date as a starting point for later in depth reading or discussion
It offers an easy concise method to review and share the latest in Hand Surgery literature in one application.
HandFeed is in English but links to Journals from around the world.
One app to view them all
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‘Feed’ apps enhance browsing efficiency for favorite journals
The three apps created by Wint include BoneFeed, HandFeed and SportsMed. Each has a similar style and format with the primary purpose of browsing the most recent publications among general orthopedic, hand surgery and sports medicine journals, respectively. In addition, the developer has included RSS feeds related to particular topics that pull data from various sources. Because the functionality of each app is similar, we will review the three apps together. The apps are currently available in the Apple iTunes App Store and the Android Market.
The user interface of these apps is intuitive and simple, and upon start-up immediately presents a listing of recent headlines from a default journal:Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American for BoneFeed, Journal of Hand Surgery American for HandFeed and the American Journal of Sports Medicine for SportsMed. However, in addition to the default journal, the user will see a familiar shortcut bar along the bottom of the screen that provides four icons to other journals. The fifth icon, labeled “more,” presents the expansive list of additional journals and RSS feeds. In total, this amounts to 29 resources for BoneFeed, 25 for HandFeed and 28 for SportsMed. By selecting the edit button, the user can customize their four shortcut icons by dragging and dropping the desired icon into the position of choice. The change is recognized immediately, thereby enhancing browsing efficiency for one’s favorite journals.
When a particular journal or RSS feed is selected, topics appear in a list with the title and a brief excerpt from the abstract. Selecting the title returns the entire abstract for free. However, if the user has personal or institutional access to the journal, then an icon at the top-right corner of the screen (Safari browser logo) will jump directly to the host site where the full-text PDF can be downloaded and viewed. Additional features from the abstract page include the ability to mark articles as favorites, post comments and share the abstract link via Twitter, Facebook, email or SMS.
Overall, BoneFeed, HandFeed and SportsMed are versatile, useful and simple ways to peruse the most current literature from a mobile phone. With the added features of full abstract views, sharing links and posting comments, the apps are a great resource for any orthopedic surgeon or trainee.
We asked Wint about the development of the apps, and he was kind enough share additional information with Orthopedics Today readers:
Matthew DiPaola, MD; and Orrin I. Franko, MD: Please share your background as it relates to your profession and software development.
Jeffrey C. Wint, MD: I am a full-time private practice orthopedic surgeon with a certificate of added qualifications in hand surgery. My software experience includes running my office website for the past 10 years, which forced me to learn HTML and other web apps. I watched online lectures from Stanford, read a lot on the Internet and spent time trialing different ways to construct apps. I took advantage of online learning tools and downloaded various software development kits to try different ways of making apps until I hit upon the right combination to get my ideas across.
DiPaola and Franko: What motivated you to create the “feed” apps?
Wint: Originally, I only wanted something for me because I thought I was missing a lot of literature out there. For the first few months, my first two apps, HandFeed and BoneFeed, existed only on my iPhone. Although I showed it to a few people, I mostly used it myself and enjoyed looking up literature. After using the app for a short time, I realized others would also like it and the rest followed. The motivation remained the same. I tried to make something that I like using and hope others would appreciate it, too.
DiPaola and Franko: What do you predict to be the evolution of mobile apps for orthopedic surgeons?
Wint: I think individual journals will get better at promoting their own articles. Eventually, they will come to realize that they can give content away for free and even bundle journals, as long as they obtain a paid sponsor or patron. Sharing and the discussion of journals will become a mobile social experience like a hybrid between a discussion board, a listserve, a journal club and Facebook. Ultimately, I think that most of the orthopedic literature will be online and available via an app. Clinical decision tree apps for medical decision making will flourish as well. I think that apps combining online data, references, recent journal articles, clinical decisions and protocols will replace handbooks and texts.
Another sector of growth will be electronically publishing ebooks and journals in larger formats for iPads and other tablets. My hope is that my own “feed” apps will be more sophisticated, versatile and better suited to tap into the electronic database or cloud, offer CME and, most importantly, make us recognize the depth and breadth of the international orthopedic community.
DiPaola and Franko: What would you like to share with orthopedic surgeons who may or may not already use your “feed” apps?
Wint: I think the feed apps are a great value, interesting and kind of fun to use. They are ideal for a quick scanning of current literature and most orthopedic surgeons will enjoy seeing abstracts of articles from journals they may not typically read, but without spending a lot of time. I find that if I tweet, email or SMS a reference to myself I can come back to it later with ease. In addition, quickly sending an abstract link to a colleague can be a simple way to promote discussion.
HandMD new app by Hand Fed
Updated: Jun 6, 2012
HandMD is an app for hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey WInt in Springfield, MA. The app is Intended for general information, non urgent communication and items of interest with respect to a busy hand surgery practice.
Current and prospective patients of Dr. Wint and anyone interested in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery may find it useful. HandMD is produced by Handfed apps, creators of Handfeed, Bonefeed, Sportmed and Bonecast. This app is not intended for medical advice or for the practice of medicine. It is for general information only.
In an Article in Press, Mobile Software Applications for Hand Surgeons
Educational In addition to clinical apps, developers have also focused on surgeon education. HandFeed is an RSS reader for hand-related publications, such as the Journal of Hand Surgery (American and European volumes), Hand Clinics, Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British volume), Hand, and others. References and abstracts are provided, but full text is not available. For more general orthopedic publications, one might also consider downloading BoneFeed and BoneCast (for audio and video podcasts). Attendees at the 2011 American Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting undoubtedly heard about the ASSH 2011 app, which included the conference schedule, a personal calendar, a program, maps, speakers, presentations, e-posters, and other utilities for use during the conference.
If current trends continue, medical providers will increasingly use smartphones, mobile tablets, and apps. At the time of writing, the Apple App Store proclaims over 500,000 apps, with nearly 10,000 of those in the “medical” category. Thus, keeping up to date with the most useful apps available requires continuous browsing of the app store, frequenting app review sites, and validating the content of apps before using them for clinical decision making.
HANDFED APPS BELIEVES THAT THE CURRENT TRENDS NOTED ABOVE ARE FURTHER PROOF OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS OWN APPS AS WELL AS OTHERS FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Recent update (4.0) includes the ability to share abstracts via twitter, email, Facebook and SMS. Now you can text a reference to a colleague. Additional tabs have been added including distal radius, scaphoid, journal Micro, Chir Main and a hand collection form orthoportal
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY APPS ON AAOS WEBSITE: Handfeed, bonefeed, sportsmed and bonecast recognized on AAOS website
IN the article Keeping Up with Orthopaedic Apps (Apps run the gamut from coding help to patient education)
by Orrin I. Franko, MD apps by hand fed are cited. The article discussed a number of orthopedic apps. with respect to apps from handled app Dr. Franko states:Those who want to browse and read abstracts specific to a particular orthopaedic specialty might be interested in a collection of related apps—BoneFeed, HandFeed, and SportsMed—that provide RSS feeds from selected orthopaedic journals. Although full text reading is not available, abstracts from a variety of relevant journals for each specialty can be quickly reviewed and saved, emailed, or tweeted. Another app, BoneCast, utilizes a similar format, but presents only podcast (audio) and vodcast (video) feeds from popular orthopaedic sources such as JBJS (both American and British editions), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and theBritish Journal of Sports Medicine.
The text of the article in its entirety can be seen here:
and the PDF can be downloaded at the link here
Now available for 99 cents on the iTunes store, HANDFEDAPPS handfeed, bone feed, sportsmen bonecast and coming soon to iTunes puckcast