I’m forever trying to find better ways to collect and organize the emergency medicine resources I find valuable. Over time the tools to do this continue to get more sophisticated. There are really three things that are essential for a good organizational app. It must be easy to use, it should be accessible across multiple platforms, and it has to have the ability to share and manipulate stored files. Evernote has all of this in spades, and may be the only app you need to keep your digital EM life organized.
In an earlier post “Keeping it Together” (where I talked about tools to help you get organized for the next time you need to get to be credentialed) I highlighted Dropbox and Google Documents as organizational tools. I still use both of these for cloud storage and sharing, but neither of them has the elegance or sophistication of Evernote’s interface when it comes to quickly inputting and retrieving audio, notes, pictures or any other digital snippet you need to stash away for later.
One of the features I’m exploring now is Evernote’s ability to share folders. This feature has a great deal of potential for EPs to share and collaborate in a less static format. For example important protocols (like which patients fulfill criteria for tPA in stroke) can be updated and shared in this way, allowing physicians at the bedside to always have the latest version on their mobile device.
My favorite shared folder at the moment is from Michelle Lin and her Paucis Verbis cards on the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine Site. If you are playing around with Evernote and want to get these cards click here for the link on how to do it. By the way, congratulations to Dr. Lin for passing the 100 card milestone.