Say goodbye to the server, the future of health technology lies in the cloud. Thanks to advances in security and reliability, affordable web-based technology is more popular with physicians than ever. A recent Black Book Rankings study found that 7 out 10 small medical practices have now switched to a cloud-based Electronic Health Record system.
Here are 10 popular free cloud-based tools for physicians who know that every dollar counts when running a small medical practice:
Box.com – Store and share files online with this HIPAA-secure, PHI-compliant service. Box.com even recently launched a DICOM viewer service for your high resolution imaging files. Start with a free personal account for up to 10GB of file storage.
Mention – Track the latest in your online reputation, media coverage and social media call-outs with this web-based program. The free trial version gives you comprehensive alerts for a single keyword (i.e. your name or practice name) that far outperform Google News.
Doximity – The popular physician social network automatically updates your professional profile, sends you customized CME journal content, salary data and other networking opportunities.
PDR – Physician’s Desk Reference has gone digital. Access free online drug reference, interaction alerts and pill identifier tools, plus download the mobile app to your phone. Thousands of drug summaries are updated regularly.
Buffer – Limited time for social media? This free web-based tool allows you to upload social messages in advance and automatically schedules them to post at the optimal times across your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ profiles.
Google Apps – From managing shared calendars to tracking practice financials in spreadsheets, Google can replace almost everything you used Microsoft Office for in the past. Collaborate across your practice on presentations, documents and surveys.
Asana – This free project management platform is loved by small businesses in every sector. Build your own personal to-do lists or manage projects across your practice with shared lists that include deadlines.
Figure 1 – Join a community of 500,000 medical professionals in collaborating on compelling medical cases. Figure 1’s technology includes built-in privacy tools that help ensure HIPAA compliance in the process.
Expensify – Keep track of business expenses and mileage with this handy online and mobile tool. One quick photo eliminates the need to keep copies paper receipts. Makes submitting expense reports and generating data for taxes easy.
Practice Fusion – We saved the best for last! Practice Fusion’s free, cloud-based EHR system is trusted by over 112,000 healthcare professionals across the US. The free platform includes charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, lab ordering, ICD-10 compliance, mobile access and a portal for your patients.