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    Using apps to improve efficiency and security in the dental practice

    In part one of a two-part series, we explore several apps and security measures you should consider to simplify your day-to-day.

     

    Remember The Milk

    Ever feel overwhelmed because you just cannot remember everything? If that is a problem you encounter, then Remember The Milk is for you. RTM (like Evernote) works on all platforms (computer, tablet and phone) and allows you to create practically instant reminders and to-do lists with a minimum of effort. You can enter your task’s properties in one line, including due date, priority, repeat, tags and more. 

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    I have multiple lists set up such as home, office, DPR, etc., and then I add tasks into each. This allows me to keep my lists manageable since there isn’t crossover with only having one list to hold all my tasks. The tasks on a list can also be broken down into subtasks if there are several smaller things to complete. For instance, if you are planning an anniversary dinner with your spouse, the list could contain the subtasks: “1. Pick up cleaning 2. Make reservation 3. Get flowers…” you get the idea. You can set alarms and due dates for each of these to ensure you don’t forget anything.

    One of the features that I truly love, is called Smart Add. You just open the app, type or voice dictate your task including due date, priority, repeats, and more. For instance: on Wednesday, I might want a reminder to take out the trash on Monday morning. All I need to enter is “Take out trash Monday at seven.”  This will create a task that will alert me at seven on Monday morning to take out the trash. I love not needing to have the calendar open to set oodles of reminders.

    There are also lots of ways to be reminded. You can set RTM to remind you via the app, Gmail, direct message on Twitter and text message. That pretty much guarantees that if you need multiple reminders, you can create them. I personally use the app and Gmail reminders and that works great for me.

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    One other feature that bears mentioning is since all the apps are connected via the cloud, they all sync together. This means that completing and removing a task on your phone also removes it from your computer, your tablet, etc. all behind the scenes.

    RTM is available in a free basic version, and a Pro version for $39.99 per year. Pro has definite advantages over basic and I find the cost of Pro well worth it.

     

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...

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