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Top four ways clinical psychologists can maximize their practice with iPads

By Amy Nasr, Blog Contributor

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Technology provides a number of benefits, but it can also mean finding and adapting to new resources. Have you ever thought about buying iPads for use in your clinical psychology practice, and wondered what value-add they would have? We've learned that many Q-interactive customers wonder what else they could use their iPads for.

We break down the top benefits of adding iPads to your practice:

1. Endless iPad apps
Of course, we traditionally think of iPads for things such as taking notes and making video calls, but there are actually a number of other apps with uses specific to clinical psychologists. How does having a virtual assistant sound? The app Full Slate does just this. It is an online appointment scheduler that allows clients to schedule sessions online. Or how about streamlining your office payment system? Using the app and corresponding credit card reader, Square, can add efficiency to the client check-out process. One app that is a personal favorite is Trello, which allows me to keep track of multiple to-do lists. When things come up throughout my day, I simply open the Trello app and record the item and set a deadline for completion.

2. Countless secure note-taking and client messaging tools  
As a psychologist, client privacy is of utmost concern when you incorporate  technology into your daily practice. There are a number of HIPAA-compliant apps, such as Insight Notes, which allows for encrypted note-taking and secure recording sharing for health professionals. You can even organize your notes on a per-client basis. There are apps such as, tigertext, which is a HIPAA-compliant text app that can be used to communicate with clients.

3. Resources to share with clients
Many individuals now have access to iPads in their homes as well. Using an iPad allows you to explore apps that would be relevant and appropriate for your clients to use outside of sessions. For example, the app Optimism can help your clients track their mood and share the information with you. For those who have trouble sleeping, iSleep Easy, offers guided meditations to help fall asleep. These are just two of countless offerings worth exploring for your clients.

4. More efficiency (and more free time!)
It may seem like a no-brainer that adding technology to your daily work life can improve your efficiency. Tools mentioned above such as Q-interactive and Full Slate make performing everyday routines run like clockwork.

Check out what these psychologists have to say about incorporating technology into their clinical practice:  

  • Suzanna M., a school psychologist for a large school district in North Carolina says the following about transitioning from paper-and-pencil to digital clinical assessments:
    "Do it. If I had the choice, I would not go back to paper-and-pencil assessments."

  • Dr. Loretta Bolyard, a clinical psychologist, now administers almost all assessments digitally says:
    "I'm not tech savvy, and I know many people aren't ready to move testing to an all-digital format, but there are so many advantages."

  • Dr. Aleknavicius, a clinical psychologist, says:
    "I can make much better use of my time and get a lot done in a testing session with Q-interactive."