Evernote and sharing

Evernote has a number of robust sharing features which enable you to effectively export and share your documents. It is possible to share individual notes via email or social media such as Facebook or Twitter.

However, a more robust use for physicians is the ability to share complete notebooks over Evernote’s network. Michelle Lin is an Emergency Department physician who has created a series of short evidence-based pocketcards which review common Emergency Department concepts and provide tips for the bedside management of patients.

Her public Evernote notebook can be downloaded by following the instructions below.

1. Go to the public link:

2. In the upper right corner, click on the “Link to my Account” icon. This should create a PV folder in your list of “Linked Notebooks”. This will require you to sign-in to Evernote, if you have not already.

3. After you update your Evernote app, your mobile device will now list “Shared notebook” as a new folder in your list of Notebooks (see image above). All of my PV cards should appear in this folder now.

Evernote and security

As with any cloud based document storage system, it is important to be mindful of security. Evernote is NOT HIPAA compliant and so should not be used to store patient identifiable data. Evernote only encrypts information when it is being transmitted and is stored on servers in plain text form. As a result, any sensitive data eg social security numbers/scans of important documents should definitely not be stored on Evernote.

Evernote Trunk

One of Evernote’s strengths is its integration with a wide range of apps and physical devices. The Evernote Trunk is the name given to all the add ons that improve the Evernote user experience.

Particular add ons that I highly recommend are shown below:

Evernote Peek


Evernote Web Clipper

There is also a range of hardware which integrates with Evernote. While I have not personally used these, devices such as the LiveScribe pen certainly appear interesting.

Great Evernote resources

The following list of links are taken from Michael Hyatt’s blog where he has written a number of posts showing users how to get the most out of Evernote. If you want to become an Evernote power user, then I highly recommend you take the time to read them.

How to Organize Evernote for Maximum Efficiency

How to Use Evernote If You Are a Speaker or Writer

How to Use Evernote with a Traditional Paper Notebook

How to Use Evernote with an iPad to Take Meeting Notes

How to Email Your Documents Directly to Evernote

How to Scan Documents Directly into Evernote

How to Get Your Stuff into Evernote

Is Your Data Safe in Evernote?

How to Use Evernote as a Blogger

How to Find Your Stuff in Evernote

7 Evernote Resources You May Not Know About


  • All notes stored in the cloud for easy access from  a range of devices
  • Multiple devices supported
  • Range of add ons to improve Evernote experience
  • Powerful search feature using tags and regular search
  • In-app browser to open regular docs such as .DOC, .PPT
  • PDF support can be lacking at times as no basic annotation features
  • Export feature is not the easiest to use
  • Difficult to add images to desktop app
Evernote is hands down a fantastic resource for medical professionals everywhere. If you fully engage with Evernote and use it to its potential then you will rapidly build up a very comprehensive set of notes.