Are you disconnected from your contact lens patients?

Despite your best efforts consulting your patients in the exam room and the work of your contact lens technicians, you may be surprised to know that there’s still a disconnect between what’s understood regarding proper care of contact lenses.

According to a Bausch & Lomb survey 71% of doctors felt their patients understood how to properly care for their lenses1.  However, when the patients were surveyed, all of the respondents said they have cared for their contact lenses in the same manner they have had for years – sometimes up to 25 years2!

It’s crucial for your patients to have a positive experience with contact lenses: from comfort to correction; from ease of care to quick reordering.   Eyefinity/OfficeMate can assist you in providing quick and convenient contact lens ordering through Reordercontacts.com.

I recently interviewed  Dr. F. Mason Smith and his staff on how Reordercontacts.com has assisted his practice in promoting contact lens compliance by providing convenient contact lens ordering on his own website.  Click here to listen to the recorded webinar.

1 Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO; Contact Lenses 2008; Contact Lens Spectrum; January 2009

2 2009 Research Results, Project FishEye; ReFocus Summary, Influence Points from CBS and ReFocus

Rx sunwear ordering kicks off with Maui Jim at Eyefinity/OfficeMate!

I love cycling.  Anyone that spends any time with me knows I am a cycling nut.  I recently rode an epic 103-mile course that traversed beautiful mountain passes and the scenic northern California coastline.  I had a great time, chatting it up with strangers that share a love for cycling. The scenery was spectacular, and I was able to soak it all in because I was wearing direct-from-the-manufacturer prescription sunwear.  Having high-quality polarized sunwear greatly added to my enjoyment, safety and overall experience of the day.

Steve Baker is Eyefinity/OfficeMate's Chief Technology Officer

Are your patients missing out on all that life has to offer because they don’t have Rx sunwear?  What’s holding you back?  Many offices I have personally talked to echoed sentiments over the difficulty in ordering Rx sunwear direct from the manufacturer.  I’m not talking about adding a tint to a single vision lens from an wholesale lab… I’m referring to a growing number of sunwear companies that offer their own proprietary Rx solution.

Well the hassles and complexities are over!  I’m pleased to announce a new feature within Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s eBuy web ordering solution. Through eBuy, you can now order Maui Jim plano and prescription sunwear through our new prescription sunwear ordering feature. In the coming months, we will be adding more industry leading frame partners to this feature, helping your practice remain competitive.

Our prescription validation technology will confirm that the Rx will fit the frame and lens choice before you send it, saving you and your patients time and money. Check it out today at www.eyefininty.com.  Your patients will love you even more when you fit them in fashionable sunwear in their prescription.

Still unclear about the HITECH Act and qualifying for stimulus money? Join our free, online panel discussion and get answers!

Are you still unclear about how to qualify for stimulus money available through the HITECH Act?  Find the answers to your questions by joining our free, online panel discussion titled: “Stimulus Money: What Do I Need to Know?”

The free panel discussion is open to anyone via WebEx on either February 5, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST or February 8, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (PST).  Click here to register.

Our panel discussion will help break down what the HITECH Act  means for you and your practice. Topics include:

  • HITECH Act overview
  • Financial incentives for providers
  • Meaningful use
  • E-prescribing
  • The urgency to act now
  • Q and A session

The panel discussion will feature Jim Tate, president of EMR Advocate LLC., which provides consulting services to EMR vendors, developers and others in the health information technology industry. Tate has supported more than thirty ambulatory and inpatient EMR vendors in their CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology) certification projects, and currently serves as a consultant to Eyefinity/OfficeMate.

Also featured on the panel are: Lorie Lippiatt, O.D., of the Salem Eyecare Center in Salem Ohio, Kim Castleberry, O.D., of Plano Eye Associates in Plano, Texas, and Ryan Wineinger, O.D., of Wineinger Vision Associates in Shawnee, Kansas.

Healthcare Technology Program Extended

Still haven’t pulled the trigger on implementing electronic medical records (EMRs) into your practice? There’s still time to do so and prepare your practice to take advantage of federal stimulus money available through the HITECH Act.

VSP Global recently announced that it will extend the Healthcare Technology Program through June 30, 2010.  More than one thousand VSP providers have taken part in the program since it was first offered last June. This exclusive offer from VSP Global to VSP doctors provides Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s ExamWRITER® electronic medical records at no initial software license charge for existing OfficeMate® or OfficeMate Enterprise® users, or the OfficeMate Suite or OfficeMate Enterprise with ExamWRITER for first time users at no initial software license charge.

Questions about the Healthcare Technology Program? Call us at 800.269.3666

Lunch and Learn with the ExamWRITER Brown Bag eLearn Series

Why not kick off 2010 with some ExamWRITER electronic medical records education for you and your staff?  Two new Brown Bag webinars are now available at 12 p.m. in every time zone, and are provided at no cost to you.  Find a time that works for you and your staff and check out our eLearn series while you enjoy your lunch!

ExamWRITER Tips and Tricks Sessions

Learn ExamWRITER Tips and Tricks to increase your efficiency with medical record documentation, while eating lunch at your desk.  These Webinars are FREE* to all clients, and the subject matter will change each month. So be sure to check the schedule  often—you won’t want to miss a single session!

Monthly Schedule & Time/Zone

First Friday: 12 – 12:30 p.m. EASTERN     Facilitator: Lorie Lippiatt, OD

Second Tuesday: 12 – 12:30 p.m. CENTRAL   Facilitator: Ryan Wineinger, OD

Third Monday: 12 – 12:30 p.m. MOUNTAIN  Facilitator: Kim Castleberry, OD

Fourth Wednesday: 12 – 12:30 p.m. PACIFIC  Facilitator: Rebecca Johnson, COT

Q&A Sessions
With ExamWRITER Q&A sessions, you can get it to go by asking your question and leaving the session, or stay online to hear questions from your colleagues. Join these live, instructor-led sessions to get answers to your ExamWRITER questions.

Monthly Schedule & Time/Zone (Facilitated by Marsha Vaughn & Rebecca Johnson)

Each Tuesday: 12 – 12:45 p.m. PACIFIC

Each Wednesday: 12 – 12:45 p.m. MOUNTAIN

Each Thursday: 12 – 12:45 p.m. CENTRAL

Each Friday: 12 – 12:45 p.m. EASTERN

How to Participate

Register online by logging on and clicking the Daily tab. Use the calendar to select your desired session date, then click Register. You’ll receive an e-mail confirmation with the session password, registration ID, and the link you’ll need to join the session.

*Only the sessions titled Q&A and Tips and Tricks are free of charge. Other listed courses are part of the New Client package, and are available with the purchase of OfficeMate, ExamWRITER, or Enterprise software. If you’re interested in purchasing these courses, contact ossu@officemate.net. If you have questions about enrolling in a session, contact us at 800.269.3666, option 3, then option 1, or ossu@officemate.net.

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