A reader writes to us:
I am a second year neurology resident. For the last 3 months I’ve been using Jott (www.jott.com) to keep myself reminded about clinical tasks that I have to accomplish at the hospital. While technically not a medical service, Jott is basically a free transcription application, hence it could be used by clinicians in many different ways. You guys should cover Jott for your readers, and I’d like to see if anyone uses it in their practice.
The letter resonated with us because we’ve been using Jott for about a year now, primarily to coordinate our blogging activities.
For those of you who don’t know much about Jott, it is a brainchild of ex-Microsoft executive John Pollard. Jott converts your calls into text. After registering you can call a free number and Jott will recognize your cellphone. Then you are given 15 seconds to dictate your text (more time for a monthly fee). Almost instantaneously, Jott sends you, or designated people from your contact list, a typed transcript and the recording itself. Some use it as a reminder service. Others use Jott for quick recordings of thoughts. Others, like us, to coordinate group activities. The idea of using Jott for clinical duties hasn’t occurred to us, but it certainly is a very interesting one.
So we would like to ask our readers: How do you use Jott or similar services like SpinVox and TwitterFone? We want to hear from everyone: doctors, nurses, EMTs, and patients. Let’s brainstorm, and help each other figure out the many different uses for text services like Jott in medicine.