Monday, May 23, 2016

Essential apps for UCLA Residents

Here is a collection of incredibly useful apps that I think every resident / academic employee at UCLA should be aware of:

1. Any Connect: did you know you can connect to VPN on your phone?  Yes!  It's so awesome.  I  can't believe I just learned about it just this past year! Download this app if you need unlimited access to PubMed articles,  etc.  Check UCLA website for how to create your log on.

2. Duo Mobile : UCLA recently bought license to Tableau,  a predictive analytics software that can work with Epic.  Any full time employee (i.e. residents)  can request a license so you can do your own analytics.  You don't need to have a computer science background... It uses drag and drop options. I'm in the process of getting my account set up.  Will update later about my experience.

3. Android Pay : UCLA  cafeteria accepts Android pay! Yes,  no more stumbling to take out credit card from your wallet.

4. Mail Droid : One of the medical students told me about this.  This gives you direct access to your UCLA email and you'll get notifications (sort of like gmail).  But,  of course,  you'll have to on VPN (see #1). There is a  free version. But I've noticed I get notifications without being on VPN... Maybe you just need need Air Watch.

5. Access Now : you can get (GE) PACS access to images.  This is low on my recommendations because I have not found it to be as helpful as I'd imagine. But you should know this is an available resource.

7. Epic,  Canto and Haiku : these are epic applications to medical records,  Imaging,  etc.  Apparently,  you can use nuance to dictate your notes using your phone  per an article I just read on google.  I haven't had the need yet but for the more clinically oriented residents,  this might be good to know.

Other items and websites :

1.  Google scholar.  I love this website for literature search. I use it for notifications of papers published in specific topics.  You can set up your account (it's easy if you already have google account) and google will generate your h index and i-10 index.  Google can also email you when your publications are cited!  Check out my blog on H index if you want to how's it's used to measure your academic productivity.
2. ResearchGate: one of my colleagues told me about this. This is like Facebook or LinkedIn for academicians.  Majority of my attendings are on this so you can check out their profile, publications, impact,  etc.
3. Doximity: a couple of years ago,  UCLA took an active approach to improving our US World ranking.  UCLA had been #5 in the country forever and we  apparently wanted to move up.  I guess one of the measure US World uses for its ranking is employee activity on Doximity (which is US World version of LinkedIn).  So,  employees got emails to set up an account and upload our profile.  It must have worked because this year we are  #3 (tied with Hopkins).  We are the youngest hospital in the top five list.
4. LinkedIn : I was at RSNA meeting last December and was talking to the CEO of a MRI coil company and he told me that he looks for his potential employees on LinkedIn. I didn't realize LinkedIn was so important for job search.  I don't know if the same is true for physicians but I quickly updated my LinkedIn profile and maintain a low level of activity.

Radiology specific:

1. Power Scribe 360:  did you know you can get powerscribe on your desktop running Windows? It's super helpful and makes me more efficient. There is lite version ( you can download.  For full client, call MITS to submit a request. I have a Mac and use parallels to run Windows.

2. Osirix : I love this imaging viewer.  I wish we had this instead of GE  PACS.  It's free to download (but you need a Mac). You can anonymize cases for teaching files,  upload videos,  etc. Even if don't have a personal copy,  there are Macs around which are connected to PACS.

3. Visage : This is a modern image viewer that UCLA radiology has licensed for oncology PET /CT.  It fuses the images automatically so it's great for radiologists.  But,  it's also really great because you can use it on your laptop! Call MITS and request a ticket if you want it.  I use it to view images from home or off site.

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