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Using a smartphone to track patient referrals

Posted Nov 17 2013 9:03pm

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I am reminded to blog about a colleague of mine, a Urologist, who has a habit of keeping notes about patients referred to him in a stack of cards in his pocket. Recently he got a smartphone (good for him!) and I should be educating him about how he could use his smartphone to replace his cards system.
The solution would be a note keeping application which can have text, camera/audio/video input, handwriting or sketching function and preferably also an alarm/reminder system.

For the Android platform there are tons of note taking apps for you to try out. Examples which seem to fit the bill include Notepad for Android and Ultimate Notes Taker both of which are free.
iOS too has lots of note taking apps, some free e.g. Supernote or perhaps even a Flashcard app might suit your needs.

As one is dealing with patient information, especially for those affected by HIPAA regulations and such, it is probably wise to choose an app which does not sync data with the cloud and is stored locally only on your device. If the app itself is password protected that would be ideal, otherwise ensure your smartphone is always set to lock with a password.
It’s a pity that Evernote, that great free note keeping application, is not HIPAA compliant, though Joshua Schwimmer has some comments on this .

Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options. We have come a long way since the days of Memos on the Palm PDA (who still remembers this?)

from the Palmdoc Chronicles

Using a smartphone to track patient referrals

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