This is a continuation in our series of MD Tech Tips — Technology tips to help physicians improve their craft.
When you’re listening to a medical lecture or at a medical conference presenters will often hand out documents with summaries of the content they are discussing. This is becoming less frequent in the digital age but is still commonly experienced. One of my old school physician mentors still gives out one page summaries of key pathology he has summarized over the past 30 plus years he has practiced medicine.
If you didn’t know it already — your iPhone’s camera can be utilized to scan documents quickly and easily. There are a ton of apps out there that will scan documents using your phone, but few are actually good. When you search for “Scanner” on the iOS store several result, with Scanner Pro 7 being the first result. I used Scanner Pro for several years until I discovered a far better app — Scannable.
Scannable is by Evernote and is a must have for copying documents quickly. I’ve found it to be faster and quicker to use than traditional scanning apps. The scanning app’s algorithm automatically zooms in on the documents you present and converts them into scanned files.
Initially Evernote made it very easy to export out the images to PDF form or into other cloud storage areas if you didn’t want to store the documents in Evernote. While you can still export the documents out as PDFs into other apps, such as Dropbox, it takes an extra second now (understandably Evernote wants to encourage you to store the items in Evernote itself). However, if you click “Send”, then “Share” you can save to your Dropbox account or any other iOS compatible storage solution.
For more information on how to use Evernote to improve your productivity we have several Evernote tutorials on iMedicalApps.
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