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Top 7 Online Medical Tools for Doctors

Top 7 Online Medical Tools for Doctors

With so many online resources available for doctors these days, more and more doctors are able to access information when they need it and get information that they can pass on to their patients. These resources can be anything from being able to connect with other doctors to being able to offer patients online medical evaluations and a whole lot more.

Let’s take a look at our seven top picks for online medical tools for doctors.

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1. The Medical Network

Here is a tool that lets you stay connected with your colleagues, classmates, and co-residents. You can use it to network with colleagues and employers at the top hospitals and even earn Category 1 credits simply by reading your favorite medical journals. You can also use this tool to send and receive HIPAA-secure faxes from mobile devices. This is a great tool to use when you need to get in contact with someone to discuss cases, get information, and a whole lot more.

2. Medical Reference App

This tool brings you the most up-to-date diagnostic and treatment information, and you get that information quickly. You can save a lot of time by using Epocrates, and it allows you to keep your focus on your patients. Most healthcare providers that use this tool say that they are able to save at least 20 minutes each day. While this may not seem like much to some, it can mean a lot to a busy doctor who doesn’t have a lot of time to search for information.

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3. Clinical Cases, Journals & Quick References for MDs

Here, doctors and other healthcare professionals can share various cases as well as evidence-based treatments. This is a team of doctors who are passionate, along with developers and designers who feel that case-based problem solving is the future of medicine. Not only can this type of approach have a huge impact on the outcomes of patient treatments, it can also make medical education a lot more fun and interesting.

4. The Isabel Differential Diagnosis (DDx) Generator

Doctors and other healthcare providers who are living and working in regions where there are limited resources can greatly benefit from using this tool. Clinicians and hospitals in developing countries can receive large discounts, as well as students and actual medical schools. The Symptom Checker feature has been made available for patients to use free of charge, and it can be accessed worldwide.

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5. Medical Marijuana Card

When patients want to have confidential, online medical marijuana evaluations, this is a good site to recommend. It is fast and convenient and a video appointment takes just 30 minutes or less. The doctors are very approachable and they take all conditions seriously. There are no hidden fees and it is valid across all California dispensaries. Patients receive same-day evaluations and fees are just $100 for new patients and $50 for renewals. Appointments can be easily scheduled online, and patients can get the documents they need to get medical marijuana from dispensaries.

6. U.S. National Library of Medicine

This is the National Institutes of Health website for patients, their families, and their friends. It is created by the National Library of Medicine, which is the largest medical library in the world, and in it you will find information about diseases and other wellness issues. The information is presented in a way that is easy for the layman to understand and the site is always free to use at any time.

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7. Evidence-Based Clinical Decision Support Resource

This is an evidence-based clinical decision support resource that is written by physicians. Over 6,300 world-renowned physician authors contribute to the site, and the evidence-based recommendations have been proven to make patient care, and the quality of that care, better.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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