It can be hard to remember details of your doctor visit. What treatments did your doctor recommend? What options did you discuss? Can you recall the details to explain the doctor office visit to your family member?
Here's an app (Otter voice notes) for recording your doctor visit. It transcribes the audio and lets you easily search the transcript.
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Leave a comment below. How do you remember what you discussed with your doctor?
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Do you have any trouble recalling important names, dates, where you put things, or what you need to take to work?
If so, then stop worrying. You can use Alexa to remember and be your "peripheral brain".
Store things in her memory instead of yours.
Learn how to put Alexa to work remembering things, so you don't have to.
1. On the Echo device:
2. On a mobile device:
3. Retrieve information:
So, if you practice off-loading some of your information to Alexa, she will do some of the "heavy lifting" of memory storage.
Watch the video below.
Do you prefer speaking, rather than typing, your notes, emails, and reports?
If so, then consider these 3 free or cheap solutions for using your voice and speech-to-text services to create documents and emails.
Speech-to-text voice typing with Google Docs (free on computer and mobile device)
1. On your computer or mobile device, you can use voice typing in a Google Document. a. Open a Google Doc.
b. (On computer) Click on "Tools" / "Voice typing", and then click the microphone icon,
and you're good to go.
c. (On mobile device) Click the microphone icon at the bottom of the keyboard.
c. (On computer) For voice typing commands, hover your cursor over the microphone icon, then click on the question mark in the lower right corner of the box.
See the video below.
Make a note with Siri. It's Siri-ously simple!
1. Use Siri to open a note or email.
2. Say, "Hey, Siri. Make a note". Then dictate when Siri asks what you would like it to say.
4. Or, say, "Hey, Siri. Send an email". Then provide the information when Siri asks for the recipient, subject, and what you would like it to say.
See the video below for how to create a note.
Quickly make a transcribed audio recording on your mobile phone using a Siri shortcut and Just Press Record
Try this shortcut to quickly make an audio recording on your phone.
1. Download and install the Just Press Record app. (Note: this is a one-time paid app. There is no charge for the automatic transcriptions.)
2. Create a Siri Shortcut. (Example: "Record")
3. Launch an audio recording with Siri . ("Hey, Siri. Record")
4. Your audio recording starts on command. After you stop recording, the audio is automatically transcribed.
See the video below.
What tools do you use for voice typing / speech-to-text? Please leave a comment below.
Recently, I spoke to someone who may have accidentally taken a duplicate dose of insulin, resulting in a dangerously low blood sugar.
He knows that I am interested in assistive memory technology because I work with many patients with memory challenges. . So he asked if I could recommend a way to quickly record his insulin doses using his iPhone in order to prevent accidental overdosing.
I did some research on the many available apps for diabetes management. While I found many highly-rated apps, I tried to think of the simplest and easiest methods to use. I like the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach.
The videos below demonstrate 2 fast ways I found to easily record actions, events, and doses using Siri and your iPhone.
Note that both of these methods can be used to record any type of action or event, not just insulin doses.
iPhone Note app:
Pro: All insulin doses are in one note titled “insulin.” This overview method makes it easier to view frequency, types, and trends of doses.
Con: This method requires more steps than using Siri and the Calendar app.
Open the Note app, then create a new page titled with the action / event you want to record and track.
Then follow these steps:
1, "Hey, Siri. Open note insulin."
2. After the Note app page titled "insulin" displays,
touch the screen to position the cursor.
3. Launch Siri and dictate (for example): "August 31st, 1 pm. 10 units of humalog insulin."
4. Close note.
Recording doses on iPhone using Siri and Note app
iPhone Calendar app:
Pro: Quick, one-step process to record dose/ type of insulin (and other actions.)
Con:You must search the calendar for the records of type and dose of insulin.
But you can search with Siri.
Recording step: "Hey, Siri. Create event 10 units of humalog insulin today at 1 pm."
Searching step: "Hey, Siri. Search my calendar for humalog insulin."
Recording doses on iPhone using Siri and Calendar app
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