I recently sat down with author (and good friend), Julie Goodwin, to find out about her newest project, TxPlanner.org: Mobile Pathology for Bodyworkers. What I thought was a simple app idea turned out to be much more.
When Julie started this project, it was supposed to be a pathology textbook, but the book project got cancelled. That didn’t stop Julie. She decided to turn her hard work into an online tool, and three years later in September 2014, TxPlanner.org was launched. Her major motivation? She wants to provide practitioners with access to information that is not currently taught in schools.
Julie worked with practitioners, educators, and school owners to find out what information may be missing or limited in entry-level curricula. She found that most programs were not covering the details of many, many conditions that affect our clients. In particular, practitioners were not getting enough information to make treatment-planning decisions. Julie worked to compile information on hundreds of pathologies, using 16 book references and more than 1200 websites, in order to provide the most accurate and up-to-date site content. But her research is not complete. Julie is continually adding to and updating the site herself.
Since the cutting edge in technology over the last few years seems to be mobile phone apps, I asked Julie, why a full website? Julie said, “I wanted to reduce the required steps for users to get the information they need. Apps require downloads and regular updates to their devices. Also, I can update and revise the site myself consistently and in a timely manner [instead of paying an app programmer for updates].” Additionally, apps cost more to launch that websites, and Julie is currently footing the bill on this one herself. (By the way, if you or your organization are interested in becoming an advertiser on TxPlanner.org, please contact Julie directly through her website.)
The site provides a wide range of considerations and treatment planning information on:
- Health Conditions
- Musculoskeletal Conditions and Injuries
- Classes of Medications and Possible Side Effects (commonly prescribed brand name and generics)
- Medical Treatments such as Chemotherapy, Organ Transplant, Dialysis, etc.
The conditions are searchable, but don’t worry about the spelling. If you know the first letter of the word, you can click on a letter and view a list of conditions from which to choose.
Once you click on a condition, you will see the following information:
- Detailed Condition Description
- Typical Signs and Symptoms
- Contagion Information (when applicable), including Means of Transmission
- Likely Medications Prescribed and Possible Side Effects
- Cautions and Contraindications (for modalities, techniques, session duration, etc.)
- Recommended Therapeutic Intentions
- Assessment Suggestions
The site includes countless internal links to related conditions and medication information, with external links to webMD and Drugs.com for even more detailed information. Even the images are linked to external sites like Bing and Google to accommodate mobile devices.
What I really like is that the site information focuses on therapeutic intention rather than suggesting specific modalities or techniques. In this way, each practitioner may decide how she can meet the treatment goals most effectively, based on her own unique training and skill set.
But my favorite feature of the site is the more than 800 audio pronunciations. I’ve heard so many practitioners botch the names of conditions and other technical terms. On TxPlanner.org, you can listen to a beautiful voice pronounce the term for you, and return to the treatment room sounding like a pro!
ConclusionDefinite “thumbs up”. This site can support the new practitioner as well as the seasoned veteran. And it’s FREE, all you need to do is register. As much as I love the available pathology texts on the market (I’m a “book person”), it eliminates the need to carry a large textbook around with you. I envision the practitioner looking things up during the intake interview, using her smartphone or tablet, and copying or linking information directly to her client notes. Now that’s a cool way to use technology in the treatment room!