Robert Warden — Just like any other executive, health administrators benefit from any tools that they have that can make completing tasks easier and less time-consuming. Thanks to the advent of tablets and smartphones, health administrators have hundreds of these tools to choose from. Here are ten tools that every health administrator must have.
1. Google Drive: Google Drive is an easy to use, time-saving web application that allows you to share, edit, and send documents to whomever you choose. You can construct spreadsheets, upload presentations, and produce business documents in very short time.
2. eSign-iT: As a health administrator, you will need to have employees and clients sign legal documents from time-to-time. In the past, obtaining legally binding signatures was a difficult thing to do in the virtual world. With eSign-iT, you can quickly obtain legally binding signatures no matter where you are.
3. PlanbookEdu: Typically used by educators, this application works fantastically for health administrators. You can use the tool to schedule your day, specific classes and even seminars. If you need to keep your day organized and don’t have the benefit of a personal assistant, this application is the next best thing.
4. Colaab: If you need to have meetings with colleagues who aren’t in the same city, Colaab makes it easy to collaborate online and in real time. You can share documents, images, and videos with this application, making it much quicker than sending the same items via email or courier.
5. Followbase: Have you ever wondered what clients, employees and colleagues were saying about your company via Twitter? With Followbase, you no longer have to wonder. The service scans Twitter and delivers any mentions of your company instantly.
6. Skype: Forget VoIP calls; Skype makes talking with employees, colleagues, and customers face-to-face easier than ever. Not only can you talk face-to-face, but you can walk people through necessary tasks, share documents, and even allow someone to virtually attend a meeting in your office.
7. ClockWork: Have you ever thought that there isn’t enough time in the day to do all that you need to do? It could be that you are wasting your time on unnecessary tasks. With ClockWork, you can manage your time by tracking what you do during the day. Once you’ve discovered exactly how you are using your time, you can better manage your day.
8. Schedule It: If you are responsible for staff scheduling, setting up meeting rooms and signing out equipment, you need Schedule It. The application lets you easily schedule your employees’ week, make sure that you reserve a room for your next important meeting and have equipment that your employees need on hand.
9. TimeBridge: Have you ever had to wait until the last minute for meeting attendees to confirm their participation? It can be incredibly inconvenient to have to wait to find out who will be present at your meetings. With TimeBridge, you can schedule your meetings and confirm agreeable times with anyone you choose.
10. RoadTripHelpe: As a health administrator, you may need to travel frequently. RoadTripHelper can help you locate the best routes, find great hotels, and more. No one relies on paper maps any longer; why should you?
As a health administrator, you’ll need applications and tools that can help you be more productive. No one wants to work 60 or more hours per week and, with these tools in your arsenal, you can guarantee that you won’t have to.
About the Author
Robert Warden writes for health education blogs. Several schools offer masters in health administration degrees.