A doctor’s work goes beyond meeting patients and prescribing drugs. Ward rounds often require you to write notes, symptoms, and treatment indications on patients’ clipboards. Visiting new patients and giving consultations may also result in loads of details handwritten on paper rather than typed into a file.
Sooner or later, you’ll have to turn all that information digital. One way is to arm yourself with patience and type everything into a Word or Excel doc. Alternatively, you could use a scanner to save those pages as images onto your PC.
But what if you have to make edits or add some notes once you’ve scanned the pages? Maybe you’d like to crop out confidential information to share medical reports with your students or colleagues. This is where CamScanner steps in. Born to replace traditional scanners but capable of doing much more than turning hard copies into JPGs, this app can simplify your work and aid you in more than one way.
As a doctor, you often receive hundreds of hard copies from your patients or other healthcare professionals. Scanning all those pages is the quickest way to turn them digital, but not the smartest. Saving JPG files is only great if you don’t want to alter any of the information.
With the CamScanner app, you can do more than that. Compatible with Android and iOS devices, this app allows you to scan medical records and patient IDs and save them either as images or as PDFs.
The basic account gives you access to all general functions, including easy uploading of all scanned files on cloud spaces such as GoogleDrive, OneDrive, or Dropbox, easy organising of all scans using tags, watermark customisation, as well as a quick search feature.
If CamScanner is already awesome in its free version, a cheap monthly subscription unlocks a plethora of even more useful features.
One that most physicians using CamScanner find particularly handy is the optical character recognition (OCR). This function not only works with your mobile scanner to convert printed characters to text; it can also recognise handwriting, making it even easier to convert clipboards and notes into Word or Excel docs.
The app also helps you understand medical records written in foreign languages. Its OCR translation feature makes treating foreign patients a breeze.
Another highlight is the possibility to set passwords to prevent unauthorised access to your files and keep or share all confidential data securely as password-protected attachments.
Clinical files, ward records, and case studies are some of the most powerful assets for medical professors. But aren’t you tired of spending hours removing confidential details – such as patient names and addresses – from the files you intend to use?
To make things easier, CamScanner allows you to edit each page of your imported PDFs and make annotations, so you can remove any sensitive patient data directly from the app.
Scanning multiple-page files, thesis, and books without messing up page order is also easy with the Doc Collage function that groups multiple pages into one PDF. Both professors and students can also use CamScanner to scan, save, and edit PowerPoint presentations during a conference or seminar.
CamScanner might not be perfect, but it certainly is one step ahead of its competition. A variety of functions regular scanners – or many of the other scanning apps, as a matter of fact – don’t have, makes it a winner. Capable of doing much more than just converting paper to JPG and very easy to use, it is a must-have for healthcare professionals and clinical professors alike.