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iPad and the Paperless Office - Part 5

Posted by attorney Timothy Williams

This is the fifth part of a guide published today.

Medical Resources

When dealing with medical issues – be that chart notes, radiographs, research or exhibits, there are several very useful apps available for the iPad. Some of my favorites include:

Netter Atlas. The ultimate anatomy atlas for use as exhibits. High definition, easy to navigate, interactive. A giant leap ahead of the printed version.

Epocrates. Really a physician resource, but allows you to review a massive amount of prescription drug information, including: drug safety information, drug interactions, formularies for health insurance drug coverage information, identify pills, etc. Requires a yearly subscription.

iMuscle – (Nova series) – iPad edition. One of the more gorgeous apps I have ever seen. Provides a 3-D human body with musculature exposed. Can zoom, remove layers, rotate, etc. You can even choose a specific muscle, and the app will give you a list or exercises you can do to strengthen that particular muscle. Hey, if nothing else, it can make for a very interesting demonstrative exhibit at trial!

ICD9 for iPad. This is one of several apps that make ICD-9 codes available on the iPad, though this one gives you free updates. It is also word- and code-searchable. Time to get rid of that bulky book on your shelf!

Medscape. Used primarily by physicians as a medical resource for clinical information. Contains drug, disease, conditions and procedure information, as well as medical calculators. Serves as a clinical reference and drug interaction checker. Pretty good resource.

MobileCT – Medical Image Viewer. Just an example of one of several apps that allow you to view radiographs on the iPad.

MyChart. Allows you to access patient record portals at any hospital that uses the MyChart patient record system. Note that this is currently an iPhone app only (the iPad can still download and run it, the image quality will suffer a bit, though). Hopefully, they will release an iPad version soon.

Connectivity / Presentation

Airport Express. If you want to present with your iPad wirelessly (without a cable), you will need to get an Apple Airport Express that can set up your own personal network wherever you are. It communicates at 802.11n speeds, and is only $99.

Apple TV. The iPad was made to work with the Apple TV, which is a steal at $99, and presents in full HD (1080p). If using your iPad to present wirelessly, either to a TV or projector, I highly recommend using the Apple TV. Once connected to your network (using the Airport Express, for example), your iPad communicates with the Apple TV, which, in turn, sends the signal to your TV or projector.

Wired Connection. Alternatively, if you do not wish to present wirelessly, you can present using a cable. This option avoids the necessity of using the Airport Express and the Apple TV, as the cable plugs directly into your TV or projector. If I must use a cable, I prefer HDMI, as it bundles sound and video into one, and displays in full HD. To do so, you would need to buy a "dongle" from Apple or a third party, as well as an HDMI cable. There are other types of cables and dongles you can use as well, though HDMI is the best option.

Projectors. To keep continuity in quality of presentation, as well as not otherwise distorting your images, I prefer to use a full-HD TV or projector. As far as a projector is concerned, I love my BenQ SH910 ( www.benq.us/products/projector/sh910), as it is extremely bright, and has two powerful internal speakers – powerful enough to fill the courtroom with sound when playing perpetuation depositions. It also projects in full HD (1080p), is quiet to run, and cycles on and off quickly.

Miscellaneous

There are so many other useful apps out for the iPad, it is mind boggling. Here are some of my favorite that don't fit neatly into the above categories.

Numbers. This is Apple's version of Excel. It works quite well, and integrates with Keynote for presentation purposes. This is especially helpful when converting your data into 2D or 3D graphs to show your audience.

Maps. This app allows you to get a "street view" of anything that Google Earth has photographed, including most major highways and city streets. This is extremely useful during depositions. I also use these images as exhibits in some trials, though prefer to use actual photographs that I take with my HD camera at trial.

Google Earth. This app allows an aerial view of any location. The free version has lower resolution when you zoom in too far, but anything from 1,000 feet above the ground or more is stellar.

TripIt. This is an excellent travel itinerary manager. E-mail the service your confirmation for flights, hotels, car rentals, etc., and it will automatically create your travel itinerary. If there are flight changes, it will auto-update and send you a notice of the change. It also tells you which gate you will be arriving at or flying out of, etc. A great travel companion.

FlightBoard. This serves as the flight board you are familiar with seeing at the airport. Just enter the airport you want information on, and it will display flight information for that location.

FlightTrack. Tracks your flight by flight number. Tracks flights live, with info such as departure time, flight time, location, speed, etc.

KAYAK. For travel – compare and book flights, hotels and car rentals.

OpenTable. Great for finding local restaurants and making reservations. Note that it only works for major metropolitan areas.

Yelp. Great for finding restaurants, stores, hotels, etc. Plus, you can read and write reviews of each establishment.

Wikipedia. The ultimate reference resource. All the information on the website, fit neatly into an app with a user-friendly interface.

I will stop here. However, note that there are so many additional apps out there, including news apps, network TV apps, reference materials, social media, etc., that one could easily write a book on the topic. Oh, wait. Somebody already did (see below).

References

For additional information, there are, quite literally, books on the topic of iPad use for lawyers. The ABA has done a decent job of publishing useful, easy to read, books on the topic. These include:

· Mighell, Tom. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Second Ed. ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2012.

· Mighell, Tom. iPad in One Hour for Litigators. ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2013.

· Mighell, Tom. iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers. ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2013.

There are also several blogs on the web, which help keep you updated as to the latest apps and techniques. These include:

· http://ipad4lawyers.squarespace.com

· http://offsitelawcenter.com/iPad.aspx

· http://tabletlegal.com

· http://legal-ipad.com

Conclusion

While no device is perfect, the iPad comes darned close. It is versatile, relatively inexpensive (as compared to laptops), and continues to evolve very quickly for office use. It is a quantum leap forward from the days of the PDA, and if given the choice between the iPad and the laptop, I’d go with the iPad.

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