So I would like to share with you what IT skills I think every doctor should learn and master.
|Doc wrote a coffe and drank some email|
Doctors write text all day long and no single skill is as underestimated as writing fast, many doctors picking the keyboard with one finger for same typing speed as Stephen Hawking.
Words per minute:
Stephen Hawking 15
Slow writer 20
2-3 days training 60
Professional writer 90
Reading aloud 150
World record 216
Training for 2-3 days will give you 300% gain in writing speed - such a number in the NNT world would normally be a breakthrough article in the medical journals!
2. Google Docs (Drive)
|A doctor's office does not need to be like this today!|
Besides being a huge personal notebook, Google Docs will forever change the use you approach information and data - ultimately leading to the 'mobile, paperless office', essential for organizing and accessing your work from wherever you are.
# A vodcast/post about Google Docs in clinical practice is just around the corner - stay tuned! #
3. Social media
Social media for doctors is essentially
1) Great educational material coming online (and free) through blogs and related technologies.
2) Communications platforms (Twitter, Google+ etc) for expanding your contact network - where your colleagues sharing their most valuable learning points and lessons.
Learning to use social media is not about any one technology, like starting Twitter, it is a new lifestyle. It may not be for all but for those who master it I can promise doors opening to a completely new world of e-learning, yielding clinical skills not possible before. Almost every day I find my self implementing something learned from my social media network to patient care. Learning ultrasound would have been impossible for me without social media as it has provided me with teaching material to support me.
4. The web browser
5. Genuine interest!
Just as the best doctors are those who are genuinely interested and active in their field - the same goes for IT skills. Strive to always become better and have open eyes for improvements, acknowledge that your way of doing things today may not be the most efficient one. Most of your daily tasks involve IT in one way or another and you will find lots of colleagues, especially younger ones who're born with IT at their hands, who are willing to teach you and help you.
An everyday example of IT in use!
Finally, an example from work - a serbian patient who repeatedly came to the ED with mostly non-compliance based problems because he didn't understand his medication list. Problem solved with a simple IT tool, Google Translate!