How apps are changing how surgeons operate and communicate with their patients


In the past, surgeons have turned to pen and paper when sketching out a surgical procedure for a patient. To enhance surgeon-patient communication, Visible Health has created DrawMD, a series of free iPad apps that allow surgeons to more effectively explain surgical processes to their patients. These apps offer digital anatomical images, which doctors can sketch, stamp or type on to explain the procedure in a way that the patient will easily understand. Following the appointment, the surgeon can send a copy of the illustration to the patient and keep one for their own records. DrawMD is available for a growing number of medical specialties including urology, cardiology and pediatrics.

A good round-up of existing apps for surgeons and an interesting insight on how the iPad is entering the medical part of the professional world.