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SUMMER 2013

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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Tech Notes The latest in gadgets and apps for physicians BY DAVID GEER Improve outcomes and relationships with apps Mobile medical apps help children reach new heights, patients make appointments, and physicians manage referrals. P hysicians continue to welcome mobile medical apps that make their lives and work easier while increasing the length and quality of patients' lives. If you help children with leg bone length concerns, struggle with appointment scheduling, or lose track of patients between referrals and follow-up visits, then one of these apps is for you. The Multiplier App Links to download the free app for Android, iPhone, or iPad are at bit.ly/12qURV1 P hysicians have reliably used the Multiplier Method for predicting children's mature height and bone length for years. This helps them determine the appropriate treatment for maladies such as limb length inconsistencies or short legs. But the math can be tricky, leading physicians to make errors. And the calculations take a long time by hand. The International Center for Limb Lengthening (ICLL) at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics (RIAO) of Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, has addressed these hurdles with a free mobile software tool called the Multiplier App. The app, which is available for Android, iPhone and iPad, runs Multiplier Method formulas instantly based on a child's gender, date of birth, and the length of their body or limb. The Multiplier App runs 22 growth, length, and developmental calculations for height and limb length. The app includes a user guide, standard leg and foot measurements and other resources. Members of the ICLL were on the The Multiplier team that originally App takes developed the Multihuman plier Method. error out of L. Reid Nichols, calculations. M.D., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., was looking for a tool to perform Multiplier Method calculations without error. "It used to take me quite a while to do the math manually," she says. "The Multiplier app helps prevent mistakes." Nichols uses the app to run equations on large discrepancies between leg lengths. The app runs equations that determine how many times a limb will need surgery as it develops. "If I have a 20cm discrepancy, I am not going to do all that lengthening in one procedure," says Nichols. The app helps Nichols predict overall height. "If the child's parents are tall and the discrepancy is not much, I can just slow the growth of the leg that is too Continued SUMMER 2013 PracticeLink.com | 17

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