Evernote recently announced two new intelligent features coming to Evernote Premium that could help healthcare professionals work more efficiently.
Work Chat, which aims to reduce e-mail clutter and bring everyone on the same page, can tremendously benefit the harried healthcare leader. The function essentially builds a chat interface into Evernote but strengthens the chat messages with active, working links to notes and notebooks, which is not something easily done with a separate chat system like Google Hangouts or SMS. Work Chat also displays a presence indicator to individual notes, showing who is working on a particular note.
How could healthcare professionals use this feature? Nursing managers, for instance, often oversee different departments; Work Chat can help them keep documents and protocols in sync while working at separate locations. Medical students launching their own free clinics and non-profit organizations can answer each others’ questions related to their organizations’ documents. The University of California has more than ten campuses spread hundreds of miles apart, and this can bring researchers together in a more integrated virtual collaborative environment. In fact, any organization with a need for a more accessible, mobile virtual workspace would benefit from this.
Evernote’s Context uses intelligent algorithms to help you as you craft your note. Evernote already suggests other related notes as you type; this feature will extend that function to look at colleagues’ Evernote Business notebooks. Their Expertise Discovery feature highlights others who know more about your note’s topic.
And, if your note references another person, Evernote will pull up that person’s LinkedIn profile. In essence, Evernote will boost their collaborative functions and share knowledge more quickly, rather than having to do separate searches through each person’s shared folder of files.
Quite possibly the most intriguing new feature is Evernote Context’s new external databases. Evernote will highlight relevant news and journal articles as you type. The information sources Evernote draws from seems to be limited to the more San Francisco business entrepreneurship and venture capital crowd — TechCrunch, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal — but it could be great if you’re researching the healthcare industry and healthcare services. With any luck, we hope Evernote will soon draw from PubMed, PsycINFO, ClinicalTrials.gov, and other useful healthcare databases.
Evernote has also enhanced its Presentation Mode to make it easier for users to create beautiful slides straight from their Evernote notes, intelligently resizing tables, pictures, and lists. Any physician — whether for Grand Rounds, a conference, or even an impromptu curbside consult — who needs to make attractive presentations based on their notes will appreciate this.
These tools can help make physicians, for instance, become more effective at digesting an ever increasing volume of information — whether it be new journal articles or e-mails from potential donors for their organization. Kevin Pho, MD, predicted in a 2013 article that physicians will no longer be gatekeepers, but “curators of information.” We believe Evernote helps healthcare practitioners curate and sort out the deluge of information.
These features were announced at the 2014 Evernote Conference in San Francisco.