The holiday season is here, and you’re probably in a bit of frenzy figuring out what gifts to get your comrades in the medical field. Check out our list of last-minute gifts that are sure to make life — and practice — a bit easier for all your physician friends.
In a recent poll by Doximity, nearly 25% of their members report that they are using an iPhone 6 – nearly double the adoption rate of the general consumer public. Why have clinicians embraced this new smartphone model? The larger screen and new Health App are likely driving the device’s popularity in the medical field. Don’t forget to download the MPR App on your new iPhone 6 for quick access to drug monographs, clinical charts, news, and more.
Think the doctor’s bag is obsolete? This classic is making a comeback for clinicians who want elegance and style while carrying everything from gadgets to exam tools in one convenient tote. The U.K.-based company Maxwell Scott offers two styles of leather doctor’s bags in classic tan, dark chocolate, or night black. While the price tag of $498 and up may seem extravagant, a 25-year warranty comes with every product.
Although there has been speculation that early adopters of Google Glass are losing interest in the $1,500 gadget, the medical profession continues to show interest in the product and new apps are being developed specifically for this field. The startup company Augmedix has created an app for use with Google Glass that allows clinicians to view EHRs on the Glass screen; this allows for better eye contact and more face time with the patient. Voice commands also allow the user to search for medical records that are encrypted to protect patient privacy. In a pilot study, use of the Augmedix app reduced the amount of time physicians spent entering data by 24% and increased time spent with patients by 35%.
Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope
Imagine a stethoscope that is fully digitized with an earphone jack, volume control, and audio pitch filters. That’s exactly what Thinklabs has designed with their Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope, which they claim is the smallest, most powerful stethoscope in the world that fits in the palm of your hand. The device can amplify sounds over 100 times their normal volume, as well as record sounds and be used with a variety of mobile apps. A battery charge typically lasts for 100-125 patient exams. The Thinklabs One Digital Stethoscope retails for $499.
For those who prefer writing to typing, the Livescribe Smartpen is the best of both worlds. The Livescribe Smartpen can be used on specialty paper like a regular ballpoint pen, but the words are also transmitted wirelessly in real time via Bluetooth to email, text messages, and other apps on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If your handwriting is sometimes difficult for others (or yourself) to decipher, the Smartpen could make communicating crystal clear.
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