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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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