Hopefully, you are aware that Google is growing by leaps and bounds in the health care field, especially for medical professionals. You can use free Google resources to help your patients, to quickly find resources both online and in your neighborhood and beyond, or you can use Google to build your business with little effort. You can even go medical with your mobile phone or with the highly touted Android, a Google product.
The following forty must-know Google hacks and tips for medical professionals also includes links to show how to use these tools or download them for immediate use. You can organize, simplify and gain insight into your health information with everything in one place.
- Google Health Groups: Anyone can use these health groups to learn more about various health topics from a peer or professional perspective.
- Google Health: This Beta application allows patients and medical professionals to organize and share information securely.
- Google Health Directory: Browse through categories within the Health Directory and search Web pages by page rank or alphabetically.
- Google Health Knol: Knols are units of knowledge, and this category contains over 6,000 knols for health and medicine.
- Google Medical Search Engine: Use this search engine for medical terms and information, minus the spam.
- Google MT: A useful search engine for medical transcriptionists.
- Google Scholar Advanced Search: Save time and get more precise results by using the advanced option for your Scholar searches.
- Why Google Docs? Read this short article and watch the videos to learn more about how Google Docs can help your medical business. Be sure to follow the links at the end of the article to learn more about how to use various apps.
- gDocsBar: This sidebar extension for Firefox allows users to drag and drop multiple files into that sidebar to upload documents. This tool also comes with templates, Webclips and Smart Folders.
- GMDesk: Download this app (uses Adobe Air) to gain access to all your Google programs as well as other programs on your desktop or laptop with a simple alt-tab shortcut (CMD-tab for Mac).
- Templates: Using Google Docs has never been easier for medical professionals and their patients, especially if you take advantage of over 300 templates that range from weight training to medical health trackers and group expense sharing.
- Keyboard Shortcuts: Invest some time in learning these shortcuts to save time in the long haul.
- Google SMS: Simply text message a search query to GOOGLE (“466453” on most devices) to receive results.
- Google Maps: Download Google Maps to your phone for easy navigation. This link also takes you to the new Google Maps Navigation (Beta), a turn-by-turn GPS navigation with voice guidance.
- Google Search: Download this Google Mobile App to use Google Search in your mobile.
- Sync Your Email: Don’t worry about missing contact information on the go if you sync your mobile to your Google account.
- Sync Your Phone Numbers: Google Voice provides you with one number for all your phones, with voicemail as easy as email and more with this integrated mobile app.
- Google Android Better for Med Apps: Learn more about why the Google Android might be better for your medical practice.
- Medical Software for Android: The medical apps are starting to build for Android. This list will provide you with the most current additions.
- Google 411: You can use any phone for this service – just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) and state the location and business type to connect to that business at no charge.
- Health Cloud: This native iPhone app is available for Google Health clients who want to gain access to their health account via their iPhone.
- View Documents: Gain access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations for free any time and from anywhere with Google Docs on your mobile. Use your phone to visit m.google.com/docs.
- Create Task Lists: Use your phone to visit gmail.com/tasks to keep track of what you need to do.
- Calendar Tracking: No need to sync your Google calendar to your mobile. Just use your phone to visit m.google.com/calendar.
Google Quick Search Tips
- Google Health Onebox: Type an ailment, such as “Alzheimer’s” into the Google search box and the results will show pointers to Google Health and other sites that deal specifically and professionally with that disease. Learn more about this tool at Google Blogoscoped.
- Create a Custom Search: Do you have a number of sites that you search continuously? Create a custom search for these sites and more with this tool.
- Image Search: Type in the search word, then select the Images tab to find an image to match that search word.
- Enter Blocked Sites: If you can’t enter a site, type “cache:website address” with the “website address” being the address of the blocked site.
- Find Related Information: Use the “related:www.website.com” in the Google search box, replacing the “website” with the address of your favorite medical resource to find similar sites.
- Avian Flu: If you have an interest in this possible pandamic, you can get the latest information from this Google Earth mashup. You must install Google Earth 4.0 to view the maps correctly.
- FLU.gov Map: This mashup is a combination of government information overlaid on Google Maps.
- Health Map: This mashup provides information as a global disease alert map that also contributes news, reports, official sources and community contributions.
- HubMed: Try this alternative interface to the PubMed medical literature database. You can latch on to an RSS feed of daily updates of search results as well as export citations and use the Citation Finder to convert reference lists from PDFs into search results.
- Who is Sick? Search and filter for sicknesses by location, time, symptoms, sex, age and keywords. You also can discuss issues and provide feedback. This site also provides summary analytics that show sickness trends and current outbreaks.
- iGoogle: Build a custom page to capture information you may need on a daily basis, from news to search boxes to calendar information.
- GMail Tips: This link provides five essential tips on how to save time with email. Learn how to apply “Waiting for a Response” label, eliminate forgotten attachments, quick links and more.
- Google Wave: If you haven’t received an invitation, sign up now to be on board when this tool goes public. Google Wave is a real-time communication and collaboration tool that can be used for brainstorming, groups projects, meeting notes and more.
- News Alerts: Use Google News alerts to monitor content about your brand or about breaking news in the medical field.
- Predict and Prevent: This is part of the Google.org project to address global challenges. The Predict and Prevent project focuses on emerging health and environmental threats that affect health and well being. This page also links to Google Flu Trends.
- Trends: This video shows a possible mashup between Google Health and Google Wave. Scroll down to take a look at several other medical projects for the future.