There's an App for That?
ACR members share their favorite tech tips for getting things done, simplifying life, and streamlining both work and play.
What's a current favorite tech tool?
My favorite app by far is iAnnotate PDF. I can bring in any manuscript and mark it up with my finger as a highlighter, circle things, and type in notes. It's crazy intuitive. — Paul Nagy, PhD
I love GoodReader for taking notes on PDF files from my iPad. It syncs effortlessly with Dropbox and lets me type notes and draw figures with my finger or stylus. — Sumir S. Patel, MD
For quick literature searches, I like PubMed On Tap, an app that allows for literature searches through the PubMed system. — Kristina Elizabeth Hoque, MD, MS, PhD
My Pebble Smart Watch allows me to check emails and texts without having to take my phone out of my pocket. It looks like a normal watch, but it syncs with my iPhone to display emails and texts. It is useful when I need to check messages discretely during meetings. — Woojin Kim, MD
I use AutoHotkey to automate keystrokes. While there is a slight learning curve, it is a very powerful program that can save immense amounts of time in small increments. — Jason Murphree, MD
I am compulsive about patient health information, so I have a separate Kingston 32GB encrypted jump drive for images and datasets that contain patient health information. — Marta E. Heilbrun, MD, MS
What's your key to staying organized?
Evernote functions as my accessory brain, allowing me to save almost any type of media for future reference and share notes with other colleagues. I save information related to work (articles, measurements, phone numbers, etc.) as well as personal information (receipts, business cards, recipes, etc.). — Jason Murphree, MD
Mailbox is like having my own personal assistant. If there is an email/task I know I won't be able to get to immediately or am afraid that I may forget about, I use the app to "snooze" the task. The app takes the message out of my inbox and returns it to me at the time of my choosing." — Richard Sharpe Jr., MD, MBA
I use Evernote and Dropbox to sync between all my devices. I look up articles cited during lectures and drop the key figures into Evernote, while maintaining links to the original article. As long as I can create a document without patient health information, I store everything that I am working on in Dropbox. That way, it is available on my desktop at home, my laptop in the hospital, and my iPhone when I am waiting for the airplane to taxi to the gate. — Marta E. Heilbrun, MD, MS
For tasks that need to be done on a regular basis, I use Toodledo. It keeps track of things for you and organizes them in order of priority and due date. — Kristopher N. Lewis, MD
I use an iPad Mini with our hospital EMR (EPIC) and Vue Motion Lite PACS viewer, which was recently revolutionized our rounding. We cut our paper rounding lists and have all of the information at our fingertips. — Minhaj S. Khaja, MD, MBA
How do you choose your tools?
I'm willing to try something new and invest maybe 30 minutes in it. Then if I find that I'm not coming back to it or it's too complicated to keep it synchronized, I usually let it go after a few weeks. — Paul Nagy, PhD
I generally download a bunch of apps at a time, try them out for a day or two, and then pick what seems to fit best with my style of working — Kristina Elizabeth Hoque, MD, MS, PhD
I look for tools that simplify my life and reduce distractions. If the tool is for data management or storage, I make sure my data can be exported in a standard format in case the tool is discontinued. — John Eng, MD
How do you stay up to date with your specialty?
I have saved and categorized hundreds of articles in GoodReader over the years. GoodReader syncs any new articles I add to my Dropbox account and makes them available for offline use. Plus it allows highlighting in articles. — Kristopher N. Lewis, MD
Feedly is my go-to RSS reader. The format allows for an easy skim of headlines and a quick click to dive deeper and read the whole article. For journals on the go, Docwise is a great tool to keep subscriptions accessible. The RSS-type format lets you browse efficiently and star items to read later. — Sumir S. Patel, MD
Papers 2 is to journal articles as iTunes is to music. It organizes your journal articles, and it's integrated with PubMed and Google Scholar. — John Eng, MD
What about the fun stuff?
My guilty pleasure, when I feel like being a little less productive, is the 4 Pics 1 word app. It shows you four photos and you have to find the common thread between them. — Kristina Elizabeth Hoque, MD, MS, PhD
I use TripIt to organize all my travels. Kayak and Hipmunk are great sites for looking for flights. And then once I've booked, I use apps like FlightView to keep track of my flights. Overseas, apps like CityMaps2Go and TripAdvisor City Guides are great ways to get around without an Internet connection. — Woojin Kim, MD
John Eng, MD, associate professor of radiology, department of radiology and radiological sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
Marta E. Heilbrun, MD, MS, assistant professor of body imaging, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Kristina Elizabeth Hoque, MD, MS, PhD, diagnostic radiology resident, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Minhaj S. Khaja, MD, MBA, vascular and interventional radiology fellow, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.
Woojin Kim, MD, director of the Center for Translational Imaging Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Kristopher N. Lewis, MD, department of radiology, Children's Hospital of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Ga.
Jason Murphree, MD, MSK fellow, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Va.
Paul Nagy, PhD, associate professor of radiology and director of quality, department of radiology and radiological sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Sumir S. Patel, MD (@SumirPatelMD), chief resident in diagnostic radiology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Ga.
Richard Sharpe Jr., MD, MBA, breast imaging fellow, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
By Lyndsee Cordes