I just wanted to put a recommendation out for Repligo. In case anyone is not familiar with this program, it is an application designed to view documents on your handheld. While the downside to this application is that it doesn't read native files (it must be converted using a desktop application), I've found that this is an incredibly powerful program for technologically saavy doctors.
Here are the primary ways how I use Repligo:
1) I use it to store medical articles that I need to review. I have access to MDConsult (which I also highly recommend), and used to print out a lot of articles for reading in the past. Nowadays, I simply print it out into a Repligo file and store it on my SD card. From there, I can either read it on my LifeDrive and am able to underline/highlight the relevant points, or I can do the same on my desktop/laptop. Either way, I have instant access to the medical articles that I'd like to save, and no longer need a filing cabinet to save the plethora of articles that I read.
2) I also use Repligo to create medical references for myself. I'm a neurologist, so I like to have neuroanatomy charts, dermatome charts, neural pathway charts, etc. I've found these doing a simple Google picture search. From there, I put them all into a single file on my desktop, print the whole file, and all the pictures go into one Repligo file! I thus have instant access to medical references that I've made myself.
The latest thing that I've done is find a normal whole brain MRI on the internet and printed all 126 images into one Repligo file. Looking thru the Repligo doc is just like looking thru a PACS system. It's a great tool for educating my patients when I need to show them what a normal brain MRI looks like.
3) My ultimate goal is to get a scanner and to scan all of the quick reference books that I have. For instance, I have an acute stroke management handbook from my residency training program. Once I get all scan all 100 pages or so, I'll put them into a Repligo file and should be able to bookmark the most relevant pages.
I'll never need to carry this stuff in my white coat again
In any regard, the price of the program is reasonable (~$30), and very versatile. Pictures stored in Repligo come out in very high quality on a Palm handheld. The program can be found here: www.repligo.com
. If anyone has any questions about the program, or how I use it, I'd be happy to answer them.