We are a mobile-addicted population and have no intent on trying to change that habit, but we do have some ideas to optimize your use of the portable computer you carry around all day.
Here are 5 time-saving tools for your smartphone.
For those people that pick up their phone every time it bings, bleeps, or squawks comes a tool that rewards you if you stay off it. You set a timer (usually 25 minutes aka Pomodoro technique) and if you leave it alone your virtual tree grows. After a week you can see your “Forest” of trees and see your Forest of productivity visualized by all the trees. This writer personally enjoyed this app and found it a little addicting to leave the phone alone.
Sometimes you just need to receive a fax. Faxing is still alive and well, particularly in the world of medicine. HIPAA laws require your doctor to use a secure document transport method to send your medical records. Fax is the answer. But not the old thermal paper type of fax. WestFax provides a mobile app that allows you to send, receive and store your medical records securely from your smartphone. Just download the app in the Google Play or App Store.
This tool can be used with the WestFax Mobile app to capture documents, clean them up, crop them, and make them into documents that can be faxed. Just point and click and the app will import the document and give you something you send via email or fax.
This little app just sneaks its way onto your phone in the last few years. It’s surprisingly minimalist for a Google app and it looks like something they just bought, branded, and released to the world. If you need to take a quick note, make a list, or jot down an idea this app is perfect. You just open it and start typing. It organizes it like post-it notes all laid out and easy to access. Its simplicity is its best feature.
Social media used to be a small passive activity usually performed by the intern or whoever had time. In recent years Social media can and will make or break a company. Organizations now hire a Social media staff to handle these functions but not all businesses can afford a full-time social media manager. Buffer is a tool that enables a small business to create a large number of social media posts and schedule them over the week on a schedule. This allows a small business to spend an hour or two and get all the social media done and forget about it until next week.
Every entrepreneur from the guy fixing cars out of his garage to someone running a consultancy knows that time is the #1 problem. Not enough time to get everything done. We cut corners, sacrifice effectiveness and in the end we hurt our business. These are some less common and not usually hit upon ways to increase productivity and maximize your time on the important work of executing your business priorities.
We all recognize that patient privacy is important, but in many cases HIPAA violations simply occur when healthcare providers often overlook some of the gaps in the processes and tools they use to manage patient information. Here are some tips for making sure your medical office is doing everything possible to remain HIPAA compliant.