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DocApprovED: Take Team Work to the Next Level

Mohseni, Alex MD

Emergency Medicine News: May 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 5 - p 26
doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000516466.15639.e6
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Dr. Mohseniis an emergency physician in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the chief innovation officer of Emergency Medicine Associates. He is the editor of his own blog, http://CreativeHealthLabs.com. Follow him on Twitter @amohseni, and read his past columns athttp://bit.ly/EMN-DocAPProvED.

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I am a big fan of productivity tools, especially ones that help teams work and communicate more efficiently. I have previously reviewed Trello, Slack, and Evernote, and now I'd like to introduce you to Dropbox Paper. (www.dropbox.com/paper.) Dropbox, hoping to be seen as more than just a cloud storage solution, wants you to use their new product, Paper, as a cloud-based tool for project management, team collaboration, and communication.

Dropbox Paper is essentially a blank page onto which you and your team can write, share, and communicate about almost anything. Its power is in its simplicity, automations, and integrations with other services.

We are launching a new telemedicine service in our practice, so we created a Paper page to help keep the project organized. We created to-do lists, kept meeting notes, stored our logo and design files, and embedded our Google Calendar, our onboarding documents as Google Docs, and our provider details as Google Sheets. We also communicate with each other right on Paper through side comments and by @-mentioning team members. When specific team members are mentioned, they receive an email notification, which allows them to respond directly within the email.

What makes Paper really amazing is how simple and smart it is to use. All settings and features are hidden or contextual: They appear only when you actually need them. Highlight any text, and formatting options pop up. Paste in a Google Doc link, and Paper will automatically insert a preview image of the file.

It's really fantastic to have a single place where all team members know they can easily and efficiently post and access project resources, communicate, and collaborate.

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