We had a great time at FOCUS 2011 on Tuesday. Practice managers and decision makers from independent eyecare businesses from around the United States attended the full day event. Stay tuned for more info on what we might be up to next year! In case you missed us, check out some photos below from the event!
MODO Eyewear is now available to order through eBuy. Users can browse the frame catalog to pick from eight of MODO’s eyewear brands, including MODO, Eco, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, 7 For All Mankind, Derek Lam, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Jason Wu.
Additionally, Eyefinity eBuy customers can “go green” with MODO’s Eco collection. Eco (Earth Conscious Optics) is the first eyewear collection made entirely of recycled materials. For every Eco frame ordered, MODO will donate one new tree to “Trees for the Future,” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities around the world plant trees.
Eyecare professionals can easily set up a new MODO account by logging on to eyefinity.com and clicking the eBuy tab. From ‘Browse Product Catalogs’ simply select MODO from the drop-down menu and click GO. On the MODO Collections page, click New Account Inquiry to fill out and submit the online form. Eyecare professionals that already have a MODO account can log in and find their account information already pre-populated and ready to accept orders.
Steve Baker, president of Eyefinity, recently sat down with Ophthalmic Office for a one-on-one interview. Click on the image below to read what Steve had to say about Eyefinity’s recent rebrand, how we are helping doctors become meaningful users of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER, and what EMRs of the future might look like.
OfficeMate/ExamWRITER electronic medical records v10.5 is here! The new version, released today, is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012-certified as a ‘Complete EHR’ by CCHIT, which enables users to achieve ‘meaningful use’ in order to qualify for up to $44,000 in federal stimulus money.
Among the new version’s most unique and anticipated features, is its ‘CMS Meaningful Use Reporting Window’ which allows users to easily track their meaningful use criteria. It also calculates the percentage of criteria that the user meets so they can report the data during the attestation process.
Other new features include:
- Enhanced Appointment Scheduler: Includes improvements that make setting up exceptions easier and makes the display more user-friendly.
- Fee Slips: Easier and more intuitive editing of line items; allows user to designate which open charges to post, which to close, and which to leave open.
- Ledger: Improvements reduce the complexity of the line items displayed in the ledger and make completing tasks such as reverses/corrections, edits, and changing payment types easier.
- Claims Processing: Improvements and ease of use provide more effective means of processing claims.
- Reports: Customized reports improve the view the practice’s finances and increase the user’s flexibility to achieve the precise reporting they require.
- Enhanced VSP Interface: Improves workflow and allows user to obtain authorizations and submit VSP lab orders and claims more quickly and more accurately than in prior versions.
Existing OfficeMate/ExamWRITER users who wish to upgrade to v10.5 can visit Eyefinity’s ‘MyInstallCenter’ which will assist them by asking a series of questions about their practice, hardware, and which parts of the software they currently use. This innovative technology provides users with a stage-by-stage approach of all necessary steps that must be made to ensure a smooth upgrade, including a customized training program based on the unique needs of each eyecare practice.
New and existing clients can also call 800.269.3666 (option 1) for additional details.
Looking for a hosting solution for OfficeMate/ExamWRITER? Meet our newest certified partner, iManaged Solutions!
Many clients have asked if there is a way to avoid investing in servers and hardware as they prepare to use OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 10 and 10.5. For those of you who are interested in a hosting solution, meet iManaged Solutions—Eyefinity’s newest “Certified Partner.”
The advantage of this service is that they manage your program and data from their secure data centers. This means that you do not need to purchase a server for your office and can let the hosting service manage your programs for you. Your data is backed up automatically, your costs for IT server support are eliminated and time and expense associated with upgrades is completely eliminated.
With iManaged Solution’s hosted offering, OfficeMate and ExamWRITER will be compatible with multiple operating systems and devices such as the iPad® and Android™ tablets. Office data is backed up twice daily and resides in multiple secure data centers for added protection. As an Eyefinity Certified Partner, you can work them with confidence. Contact them directly for pricing and additional details: email@example.com
It’s almost that time of year again…Vision Expo West! We hope to see you all in Las Vegas in just about two months!
Did you miss us at Vision Expo East this past March? Check out the video below which recaps what’s new at Eyefinity.
Today’s entry comes from Kirk Poole, Field Services Manager for Eyefinity
A great way to boost business in your practice is to team up with one of your frame reps and host a style show. With your frame rep’s help, it could be possible for your practice to make thousands of dollars in a matter of hours and uncover new patients in the process.
The secrets to throwing a fun and profitable style show are the same as throwing a great party. Your party should have a theme; you can team up with your frame rep to provide brand-focused party favors or gift bags; you will want to provide food and beverages and pick uplifting music. Ideally the show should last approximately four hours and be on a day when your best customers are available. If you are in a retail setting, you will probably want to host your show on a Saturday; in a medical setting, weekdays may be better, incorporating the early evening hours.
The best time for style shows is the Spring and Fall, organized around particular holidays such as Valentine’s Day or back-to-school season. You will also want to feature a particular price point promotion or two in preparation for the show. For example, you might want to give free single vision lenses with every frame sold.
Publicizing your show is the main key to its success. Professionally printed flyers are recommended and should be given out to every customer that enters your practice starting two months prior to the show. Fliers should be distributed to local businesses. Your social media tools, including Facebook and Twitter, will definitely be strong promotion tools. You may also consider contacting your local newspaper and radio “community events” sections for potential free advertising opportunities. You or your staff should personally contact best customers—via phone or via the email feature on Websystems 2.0.
You can also leverage the different businesses in your area for cross-referrals. For example a local restaurant can serve hors d’oeuvres, while handing out coupons for their restaurant. Another great idea is to have a local massage business set up to provide 10 min neck and shoulder massages. In exchange for the opportunity, ask these businesses to start promoting your show several weeks in advance.
On the day of your show, it is important that you schedule only optical exams. Exclude exams for contact lenses and rechecks on that particular day, as well as POP for other frame manufacturers. Run a sales contest for your staff to earn extra sales, and remember to have fun!
For more information on building your practice, Officemate customers can visit www.eyefinityofficemate.biz.
Don’t miss Eyefinity’s third-annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM), which takes place July 25-29. The online educational event is free for OfficeMate/ExamWRITER users, who can take part in over thirty robust training courses all from the comfort of their own office. The VUGM helps you eliminate the need to book a costly trip and close down your practice to attend a conference.
Whether you’re an OfficeMate/ExamWRITER veteran, or just getting started with our products and solutions, the VUGM has something for everyone. The VUGM will feature an overview and sneak-peak of the certified version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER (v10.5), which is set for release this summer, and courses that will help eyecare professionals better understand meaningful use (MU) along with the steps they must take to successfully demonstrate MU to qualify for federal stimulus dollars.
Other VUGM courses will provide in-depth education on topics such as e-prescribing, creating a paperless office, inventory management, patient history documentation, OfficeMate scheduler best practices and marketing tools, the technology integrated practice and much more. Additionally, Eyefinity PresidentSteve Baker will present a look at Eyefinity’s past, present and where the company’s products and services are heading in the future.
Attendees will also receive unlimited access to the recorded courses for 6 months following the 2011 VUGM. To register, visit http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx.
Questions? Call 1-800-942-5353 and select option 2.
Electronic health records (EHR) stimulus checks are now in the mail for those who have become meaningful users of a certified EHR. Dr. Jeffrey Willig, an ophthalmologist and meaningful user of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER based in Syosset, NY, was one of the first in the eyecare industry to receive the federal incentive payment ($18,000 for the first year).
Don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of the stimulus money available to you. Eyefinity’s ‘Meaningful Strategies to Meaningful Use’ resource will help guide you down the path of achieving meaningful use. The stimulus money is both real and attainable. Meaningful Use is quite simple once you understand its basic concepts, and Eyefinity is here to help you every step of the way.