A team of doctors at the Breach Candy Hospital on the coastline of South Mumbai have successfully performed three surgeries using the DASH Smart Instrument System, a new app for the iPod Touch that aims to make hip and knee replacement surgery a little easier. Apps that make the iPod Touch much more than a portable MP3 player are nothing new, but this is taking the ubiquitous gadget to a new level.
The app also provides how-to guides and video tutorials for clinicians. A companion to a larger system designed by Smith & Nephew with Brainlab, the app has been designed by physicians and healthcare professionals to perform quick calculations and measurements during procedures that would otherwise need to be done by the surgeon while operating. “This is said to reduce the learning curve and, at least in India, lessens the certification process for surgeons performing replacement procedures,” according to the Unofficial Apple Weblog. “Operating times are also reduced.”
Brainlab, a software-driven medical technology company that employs hundreds of engineers in offices all over the world, describes the system: