Four more Google tools useful for doctors in India

Stethoscope_By_Computer_Keyboard4 In follow-up to one of the most popular articles on mdCurrent-India, Five free and simple Google tools useful for Indian physicians, here are four more Google tools you can use. If you have a free Google account, you already have access to these tools, and some are even available without an account.

Key Point: Use these additional Google tools to stay organized and save time, and try the free Chrome browser for better speed and security online.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a place to store files that you can access from multiple computers or mobile devices. You can also share these files with other Google users without having to send a full copy to their email, which is a great option for sharing large files.

Within Google Drive, you can also create new documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and more in Google Docs format. These files are automatically saved within Google Drive while you work, and can be converted to Microsoft Office formats or even saved as PDF files. To convert files, click the File menu, choose Download As, and then choose the type of file you need.

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Google Calendar

Google Calendar is good for tracking your personal schedule and conference or meeting dates, but it is not recommended for scheduling patients due to some limitations. You can set reminders of scheduled events to be delivered by email or SMS. Google Calendar is free, but your mobile provider may charge you for receiving SMS reminders. If you do not have the SMS option when setting reminders, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, choose Settings, and then click the Mobile Setup tab near the top-left edge of the page.

Where to find it: Choose “Calendar” from the black bar at the top of any Google page.

Google Translate

Google Translate can translate text that you type, or an entire website, into a variety of languages. Simply type text into the box and choose the language to translate it to. These translations often are not perfect, but usually are close enough to the original meaning so that you can understand the intent.

To translate an entire website, type or paste the web address into the first box, and then click the link in the second box. You may need to choose English as the original language if Google does not initially recognize it as a website.

Google Translate is best used for small phrases or sentences in languages that you know at least partially, and should not be used for complex medical or scientific information since translations are not perfectly accurate.

Where to find it: Click “More” at the end of the black bar at the top of any Google page, then choose “Translate.”

Chrome Browser

Chrome is a web browser that you can download for free from Google, not to be confused with the Chromebook laptop which they sell. If you are using older web browser software and cannot update it, Chrome can make your web browsing faster and make more sites work correctly. If you are not sure if your browser software is old, compare these two squares:

If both squares look the same, you are likely using a very old browser and should either update it or try Chrome. If one square has rounded corners and one has sharp corners, you are using newer browser software, but may still want to try Chrome for its speed and security.

It may take some time to get used to Chrome, as it does not have the traditional menus across the top, but most settings and features can be found by clicking on the three horizontal lines at the right end of the toolbar. If you try Chrome on your PC and do not like it, you can always switch back to Internet Explorer by finding the blue “e” icon on your desktop or start menu. Internet Explorer should ask if you would like to use it as your default browser, so you can simply click “Yes” to switch back.

Where to find it: Click here http://www.google.com/chrome/ then click the Download button. If you want to try it out before switching permanently, turn off the option labeled “Set Google Chrome as my default browser” before clicking the Install button.

Even More Tools

Google offers many more tools on the menu titled “More” at the end of the black bar on any Google page. Have you used any of these tools, such as Finance, Blogger, Cloud Print, or Voice – or any of the tools in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. ARASU DEIVANAYAGAM
    Posted Jun 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    This is common to any individual and specifically for doctors…so where is doctor specific Google tools???

  2. parmar mukesh
    Posted Jul 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Though many of these tools are known when we refer it again we utilise it smartly, pl. keep it up this activity Useful for many doctors who are in smaller town or not in touch with mega city congratulations for good activity

  3. Arvind Singh
    Posted Jan 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Good article. A lot of these tools are nice and useful. I hope in the future there are more such tools for doing things like storing patient lists, and sending automated SMS messages to them. I am sure indian IT can provide more tools to help indian doctors. My friend suggested webmedy.com for managing practice, which he says is very useful. Any other suggestions?

  4. venkata Ramanan t v
    Posted Mar 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    It is nothing to do with medicine. Google drive can be used by all account holders. Why is google targeting doctors. I don’t understand.

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