SmartDraw 2007 Healthcare
Reviewed: Geetesh Bajaj
December 22nd 2006
February 25th 2009
Sometime ago, I did a review on SmartDraw 2007 -- this review is on SmartDraw 2007's Healthcare edition. This is a separate version of the same product that's aimed at healthcare professionals like doctors, pharmacists, hospital staff, laboratories, etc.
The product is a treasure for medical professionals since it includes an impressive amount of templates and clip art that are healthcare oriented -- it also allows users to create research papers, plans, diagnoses,etc. easily. You can download a trial version here...
My contact at SmartDraw.com for this review was Todd Savitt --
thank you, Todd.
There is not much difference in SmartDraw 2007 and the Healthcare Edition. If you have used the flagship product, then the biggest change is the inclusion of around a thousand professionally designed healthcare templates, and nearly 3000 medical illustrations from Lippincott. In addition, this edition includes thousands of cliparts, symbols and Netter images from Elsevier -- all useful for the healthcare sector.
Here is a quick walkthrough of creating a new drawing in SmartDraw Healthcare Edition:
- When you launch the program, you'll notice that SmartDraw Healthcare's Create
New Document pane has two tabs -- Standard and Healthcare,
as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Create New Document
The Standard tab includes all the content in SmartDraw 2007 -- in addition, the Healthcare tab provides specialized templates related to healthcare. SmartDraw calls them SmartTemplates.
- Choose any topic from the category to see the drawings in SmartTemplate,
as shown in Figure 2 and click it. I selected
the Heart and Ascending Aorta option. SmartDraw
might download extra libraries the first time you select any
particular SmartTemplate. This may not happen if you installed
the CD version as opposed to the download version.
Figure 2: Smart Templates
- Once you select your SmartTemplate, the SmartDraw 2007 Healthcare
interface (see Figure 3) with the selected template
opens, containing all the elements you need. These elements mainly
comprise clip art libraries that allow you to add more related
content to your active drawing.
Figure 3: The interface
- If you need still more content, then click the More
Symbols button -- this opens a new dialog box as shown
in Figure 4. This provides even more visual
content. Choose and drag any of these to the drawing area as
required. You can also search for symbols using keywords.
Figure 4: More Symbols
- Once your drawing is in place, you can save it, print it, or
export to another program using the convenient options found
in the Export tab of the ribbon that you can see in Figure
5. The PowerPoint Export function works remarkably
well -- and you can even ungroup the drawing in PowerPoint and
format it as a native PowerPoint object that can for instance
be animated in sequence!
Figure 5: Export
Below are some sample drawings created using the SmartDraw Healthcare Edition:
I asked Todd about some usage stories for SmartDraw Healthcare Edition, and he provided two very interesting case studies.
- One was about a dermatologist who used SmartDraw templates
of the human anatomy, and then type in medical notes -- this
saved him from medical dictation costs of up to $2500 a month.
- Another case study was about a medical instructor who wanted good clip art for her classes that included an extensive range of medicine oriented designs. SmartDraw Healthcare edition fitted the requirement -- and she could export these as PowerPoint presentations and handouts.
SmartDraw Healthcare edition costs $297 for a single-user license.
Support options include manuals, knowledge base, e-mail and phone
support, and an online FAQ. The SmartDraw.com web site provides
extensive tutorial content and case studies.
If you are involved with any of the areas that are part of the
healthcare gamut -- be it hospitals, pharmacy, research, clinics,
education, or anything remotely connected, you cannot do anything
better than getting yourself a copy of the SmartDraw Healthcare
edition. And it does have an amazing price:performance ratio.