News Article | May 9, 2017
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3D4Medical, the world’s leading developer of 3D medical technology, today unveiled the first in its new suite of clinical solutions with the Complete Ortho app for iPhone and iPad, available exclusively on the App Store. “Complete Consultation” is the new range of clinical solutions from 3D4Medical that will cover areas such as orthopedics, cardiology, internal medicine and trauma. Aiming to transform the relationship between the healthcare professional and patient, the first product in the range, Complete Ortho, allows the healthcare professional to consult with the patient in a whole new way, both educating and empowering them at every step of their orthopedic healthcare journey in magnificent 3D and all across a fully HIPAA-compliant platform. First introduced in 2013 in one of the largest and most well-known hospital chains in the US, Complete Ortho was particularly well-received. 3D4Medical is now delighted to bring Complete Ortho to individual orthopedic surgeons and clinics around the world and for free to the general public so everyone can directly benefit. Complete Ortho streamlines and enhances the entire healthcare professional/patient consultation process, allowing the healthcare professional to take their patient through the entire orthopedic concern with the aid of ground-breaking 3D technology and animations: from the anatomy of the troubling region; the possible pathologies related to the structure in question; the potentially beneficial or appropriate procedures; and any additional information that might be relevant. The patient is better engaged and empowered like never before as the step-by-step process allows for a far greater level of understanding than those achieved by traditional methods. If the patient so wishes, the healthcare professional can email a summary of their information, including the 3D animations, to them in the form of a Digital Consultation for their review on any device, in their own time and space, and perhaps with their loved ones for added support, removing the stress of trying to remember everything that the healthcare professional said, and increasing the accuracy of the information that is informing the patient’s decision. This improvement in the level of shared decision-making, education and empowerment will no doubt lead to a decrease in unnecessary physician return visits, an increase in patient-satisfaction and better medical outcomes across the board. CEO and founder of 3D4Medical, John Moore, said, “We have had Complete Ortho ready for the hospital setting for a long time now so it is great to finally get it into the hands of both healthcare professionals and the general public. We look forward to the positive impact it will make across the world.” Alan Getgood of the University of Western Ontario and Canada’s Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic noted, “Complete Ortho will provide an excellent resource for physicians to provide a more personalized information portfolio for their patients' diagnosis and treatment plan. For the patient, this will ensure a better understanding of their prognosis and care pathway that should lead to improved levels of satisfaction.” Maurice Neligan, Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at Ireland’s Beacon Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor at University College Dublin School of Medicine, stated, “Complete Ortho is a significant advancement in engaging patients. It dispenses with the need for plastic models and scribbled diagrams, replacing them with top-quality illustrations, animations, and information that are personalized to the patient’s pathology and treatment. It is well-known that better-engaged patients have better outcomes and the information generated from patient engagement with Complete Ortho allows a more robust consent process for treatment, lowering the risk of malpractice litigation and the process can be seamlessly incorporated into existing practice models with little or no increase in consultation time.” International expert in hip and knee joint replacement and Director of the Australian Orthopedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry, Steve Graves, added, “3D technology is proven to be the most effective approach to inform patients about their clinical condition. Complete Ortho is a comprehensive high-quality product that will greatly assist surgeons to ensure that their patients are fully-informed about their condition and proposed management.” 3D4Medical is proud to be an Apple Mobility Partner, helping to deliver best-in-class iOS solutions like Complete Ortho to healthcare professionals and patients around the world. Complete Ortho is exclusively available for iPad Mini2, iPad Mini3, iPad Mini4, iPad Air1, iPad Air2, iPad Pro, iPhone SE, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+ and 7. 3D4Medical is transforming medical learning and practice across the world and is leading the way in the production of ground-breaking 3D medical technology applications. This technology disrupts traditional methods of education by providing revolutionary applications that allow the educator, student, medical professional and patient to explore and experience medical education like never before, putting high-quality accessible 3D medical information at their fingertips. With the receipt of a prestigious Apple Design Award in 2016, over 12 million downloads worldwide and the #1 top-download positions in the App Store in 148 countries, 3D4Medical has enjoyed great success to date as it continues in its pursuit to improve the lives of patients, students, medical professionals and educators around the world. 3D4Medical is headquartered in Dublin and has over 100 employees.
News Article | May 10, 2017
The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Robert Q. Lewis, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Lewis is a highly trained and qualified surgeon with a vast expertise in all facets of his work, especially general orthopedics, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and advanced reconstructive foot operations. He has been in practice for more than three decades and is currently serving patients within The Orthopaedic Center of Corpus Christi in Texas. Furthermore, he is affiliated with Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, Christus Spohn South Hospital, Doctor’s Regional Medical Center, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, South Texas Surgical Hospital, and the Surgicare Specialty Hospital. Dr. Lewis’s career in medicine began in 1978 when he graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Upon receiving his Medical Degree, he completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency within the same institution. Dr. Lewis is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has earned the coveted title of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. To keep up to date with the latest advances in his field, Dr. Lewis maintains professional memberships with the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Orthopaedic Association, and the Nueces County Medical Society. He attributes his success to growing up with a passion for his field, due to the fact that both his brother and father are also orthopedic surgeons. When he is not assisting his patients, Dr. Lewis enjoys playing golf. Learn more about Dr. Lewis here: http://orthocentercc.com/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics. Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review. FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise. A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life. For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com
News Article | May 8, 2017
Frank X. Pedlow, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon currently serving patients within his own private practice, and affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Boston, Massachusetts. Top Doctor Awards is dedicated to selecting and honoring those healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care. Dr. Frank X. Pedlow is a very experienced orthopedic surgeon, and is one of the only spine surgeons in New England that has received training in both the Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic principles and techniques of spine surgery. His successful career in medicine began in 1986, when he graduated from New York Medical College. Upon receiving his Medical Degree, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, and served as Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then undertook his Spinal Surgery fellowship at Emory University Spine Center. Dr. Pedlow previously served as a Neurosurgery Fellow at LIJ Medical Center, and also spent time training internationally in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Montreal in Canada, the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in England, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital in England. Dr. Pedlow is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and provides surgical and non-surgical solutions for a wide range of conditions and injuries. His practice specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative conditions of the neck and back, minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery including cervical artificial disc replacement, athletic injuries to the spine, and spine care of the injured worker. He is particularly renowned as a specialist in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. For his excellence, Dr. Pedlow has been named a top doctor in Boston Magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue, and consistently has been named by Best Doctors, Inc. as one of the best orthopaedic spine surgeons in Boston, receiving this honor more than any other orthopaedic spine surgeon in Boston. Dr. Pedlow has also been named one of the region’s “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, has served as the spine consultant for the Boston Bruins, and has treated players from every major professional and many collegiate sports team in Boston. His dedication to his work and extensive expertise in his specialty makes Dr. Frank X. Pedlow a very worthy winner of a 2017 Top Doctor Award. Top Doctor Awards specializes in recognizing and commemorating the achievements of today’s most influential and respected doctors in medicine. Our selection process considers education, research contributions, patient reviews, and other quality measures to identify top doctors.
News Article | May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017 - Six months after knee replacement surgery, pain outcomes were not as good for patients who previously took prescription opioids, according to a study in the May 17 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer. "Our results should be viewed as a warning that using opioids during the preoperative period may be problematic due to their negative effects on subsequent TKA outcomes," comments senior author Elena Losina, PhD, of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Previous Opioid Users Get Less Pain Relief from TKA The researchers analyzed data on 156 patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) at their hospital between 2011 and 2013. The average age was about 66 years and 62 percent of patients were women. Average pain score before surgery was about 44 on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the worst score. During the two years before TKA, 23 percent of patients had received at least one prescription for opioid pain relievers. Nine percent had multiple opioid prescriptions. (Nearly all patients received opioids for pain relief after surgery.) Six months after TKA, pain scores and other outcomes were compared for patients with and without previous opioid prescriptions. The analysis included a "propensity score" to account for other factors associated with an increased likelihood of using opioids. After surgery, the previous opioid users had a higher average pain score: about 17, compared to 10.5 for those who did not receive opioids. The difference in postoperative pain-score reduction between the two groups was significant after adjusting for preoperative pain score and other health conditions. The factor most strongly related to preoperative opioid use was an elevated score for "pain catastrophizing"--the degree to which a person has exaggerated negative responses to and worries about pain. Dr. Losina and coauthors write, "Pain catastrophizing may play an important role in decisions by physicians and patients to use opioids, which then places [patients] at risk for poorer outcomes." The use of opioids for chronic non-cancer-related pain has increased dramatically in recent years. In the United States, more than $1.5 billion per year is spent on prescription opioids for people with knee osteoarthritis. A 2009 study suggested that nearly half of Medicare beneficiaries with knee osteoarthritis took prescription opioids. Patients with painful knee osteoarthritis spend an average of 13 years on medications and other treatments before undergoing TKA. This new study suggests that nearly one-fourth of such patients take opioid pain relievers before TKA. The findings "support and expand on" previous evidence that preoperative opioid use leads to worse clinical outcomes after total joint replacement and other major orthopedic surgery procedures. Considering the long duration of knee pain most patients experience before they finally undergo TKA, the study may have important implications for creating appropriate treatment guidelines. Dr. Losina and colleagues conclude, "Clinicians and policy makers may consider limiting the use of opioids prior to TKA to optimize post-TKA pain relief." The study was funded by National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH/NIAMS) Grant K24AR057827 and Partners HealthCare. Click here to read "Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use on Total Knee Arthroplasty Outcomes." Article: "Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use on Total Knee Arthroplasty Outcomes" (doi: 10.2106/JBJS.16.01200) About The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) has been the most valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers for over 125 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field. A core journal and essential reading for general as well as specialist orthopaedic surgeons worldwide, The Journal publishes evidence-based research to enhance the quality of care for orthopaedic patients. Standards of excellence and high quality are maintained in everything we do, from the science of the content published to the customer service we provide. JBJS is an independent, non-profit journal. Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services. Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. Wolters Kluwer has a sponsored Level 1 American Depositary Receipt program. The ADRs are traded on the over-the-counter market in the U.S. (WTKWY). For more information about our solutions and organization, visit http://www. , follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
News Article | May 25, 2017
The conference, taking place June 22-24, 2017 at the Swissotel in Chicago, IL is expected to bring together over 1,100 ASC thought leaders to discuss topics such as improving profits, managed care contracting, orthopedics, marketing, practice issues, quality, infection control, pain management, anesthesia, medical devices and more. The event will feature the following keynote speakers: Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Surgical Care Affiliates, Andrew Hayek Chief Executive Officer, DuPage Medical Group, Michael A Kasper Desert Institute of Spine Care, Voluntary Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Anthony Yeung, MD Founder, President and Neurosurgeon, NeoSpine, Richard Wohns, MD, JD Spinal Neurosurgeon and Founder/Chairman, SpineNevada, James J. Lynch, MD, FAANS Director, Division of Spine Surgery, Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Frank M. Phillips, MD Former NFL Running Back, Los Angeles Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs and Analyst, CBS, Marcus Allen Business and Financial News Legend and Host, Fox Business News' Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou Dobbs Thank you to the conference sponsors: Back Pain Centers of America CollectRx Contego Solutions CoreLink DePuy Synthes ECG Management eClinicalWorks Haag STREIT USA HealthCare Appraisers, Inc. LifeSpine Live Oak Bank McKesson Medical Surgical Medline Industries, Inc. Medtronic Meridian Surgical Partners North American Partners in Anesthesia National Medical Billing Services OM1 Paradigm Spine Regent Smith & Nephew Surgial Information Systems Surgical Care Affiliates Surgical Notes United Surgical Partners International Xenco Medical Zero Gravity 1st Providers Choice AAAHC Amgen ASCOA ASCs Inc. ASD Management (Should be the sessions starting at 1:05 pm) Astura Medical Augustine Temperature Management AxioMed Bankers Healthcare Group BBL Medical Facilities Bolder Healthcare Solutions Cardinal Health Catalyst Partners Centinel CONMED Convergent Ortho Corentec CyraMedX Doctor.com Esaote Experior Healthcare Systems GE Healthcare Global Medical REIT HSTpathways in2itive Business Solutions Institute for Medical Quality Integrity Implants KARL STORZ Endoscopy Lee Medical Lockard Construction MDClarity MedHQ MediGain Practice Management Meditech Spine Medtek National Healthcare Development Natural Scientific Solutions (aka Lenova) NuVasive OJM Group Ortech Data Inc Orthofix PharMEDium PhyBus Physician Partners of America Practice Partners in Healthcare, LLC Providence Medical Technology Provista Purdue Pharma L.P. Rational Surgical Solutions Safe Passage Neuromonitoring Sage Products SeaSpine Shukla Medical SI-Bone Spinal Elements, Inc Spine Wave Spineology Steribite Surgery Partners The Coding Network Vertiflex Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Wenzel Spine