Cloud Technology in a Flash

blog_stopwatchThe second installment in our series of posts about cloud technology. Now let’s look at speed and bandwidth.

by Eyefinity Senior Product Manager Andrew Lee

Better Use of Time
A cloud-based system can save you time, by removing hardware issues from your practice and providing readily accessible records, but what’s required?

The Need for Speed
Internet speed can be a significant factor. Before taking the leap to the cloud, ask providers about bandwidth requirements for their solutions. This is important when evaluating the cost of a practice management solution. If you’re required to subscribe to a very high-speed internet service, that’s a red flag. This could add hundreds of dollars every month, and suddenly what seemed like a low monthly cost for the practice management system, is drastically inflated.

We recommend a minimum of 3 Mbps (Megabits per second) download and 1.5 Mbps upload speeds. For optimal performance, you’ll want 3 – 6 Mbps, depending on the number of doctors and staff in your office.   Check your current speeds at www.speedtest.net.

Ask the Right Questions
Some practice management solutions require speeds up to 20 mbps, and have response times up to 30 seconds, so be sure to ask what’s required, and how fast the system will respond. A web-based system should respond within a couple of seconds, and an optimized system should average less than one second.

Up next, unlocking the secret to security in the cloud.

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Eyefinity Sets Its Sights on the Future of EHR Tech

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Curious about electronic health records (EHRs) and what the future might hold for you in making a difference for your practice and patients? Eyefinity president Steve Baker taps into the potential of the optical industry’s medical and retail strengths.

Read full article.

Reprinted from Medical Design

Health IQ interview with Eyefinity president

The move to electronic health records (EHR), Meaningful Use (MU), and how all of this affects both providers and patients is an important topic. But does EHR and MU create any benefits for providers and patients?
Find out in this Health IQ interview with Eyefinity president, Steve Baker.

The Potential of Google Glass

MattAlpertOD_IMG2

You’ve heard of Google Glass, right? Been thinking about how it might be used in your practice? Check out the article in EYE2 to see more about one of the most exciting technologies in the last decade with so much potential for VSP network providers. Matthew Alpert, OD and VSP board member shares that, “Glass has many potential benefits for the profession of optometry and the patients VSP serves.”

Read article here. 

Previewing Vision Expo West

Today’s post comes from Kevin Kane, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing:

Kevin Kane, EVP of Sales and Marketing

I’m really excited about my first Vision Expo event as part of the Eyefinity team. We’re eager to meet with you and hear your views regarding some of the evolving dynamics confronting the eyecare industry and sharing how Eyefinity programs, products, and services can benefit and grow your practice. Even if you’re already using an Eyefinity product, we have a lot more to share with you this year.

If you’re planning on heading to Vision Expo West next week, I encourage you to visit Eyefinity in booth #14064 and let us show you how you can increase your revenue by 10% or more annually with Eyefinity products and services. If you’re already within the Eyefinity fold, we’ll show you how to build on your existing Eyefinity practice management system to take your practice to the next level.

This is your opportunity to experience all Eyefinity has to offer. Attend free, daily theater presentations in the booth, participate in demos with knowledgeable members of our team, and attend our Power Session on increasing your revenue in the VSP Global® booth. Learn how the tools available to you can generate real income and real savings to your practice in attracting more new patients, reducing no shows, keeping money you have earned in the practice, and reducing the burden on the office staff. These are sound ideas that are not hard to implement and that work!

Eyefinity has been hard at work developing and enhancing our product portfolio with you in mind. Patient management just got easier with eWebExtra™/OfficeMate® integration, enabling your patients to schedule appointments online and download forms from youreWebExtra website prior to their appointments.

We also have a cutting edge and highly successful mobile app called EyeXam, one of the most popular health-related apps available. We’ll even be previewing some new enhancements coming to our most popular practice solution, OfficeMate/ExamWRITER®.

You also won’t wan to miss taking advantage of these great show specials*:

  • Order the latest version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10 or an ExamWRITER upgrade to your existing OfficeMate license, and receive 20% off new license fees on software purchases.
  • Order ePrescribing and have your set-up fees waived (a $200 value). 0% financing program (cannot be combined with 20% off license fee or ePrescribing offer).
  • Sign up for eWebExtra and get free website setup services and an eStore, an online extension of your dispensary.
  • Sign up for EyeXam and receive exclusive show pricing.

*Valid only on orders placed at Vision Expo West.

We’ll see you at VEW!

Get Ready for the Eyefinity Games

On your mark. Get set. Go! The Eyefinity Games are coming!

Virtual Users' Group MeetingOur fourth annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM) is just around the corner. The theme this year is “Eyefinity Games” in celebration of the summer’s competitive sports. The VUGM features a variety of courses—many of which are not the typical training that you might find on eyefinity.com or officemate.net. The VUGM will cover such diverse topics as meaningful use, practice growth, change management, monitoring your practice’s online reputation, inventory management, and tips for documenting an exam. But that’s just the first lap—check out the course descriptions and meeting itinerary.

Perhaps the biggest drag of any sporting event is crawling in traffic and traveling to get there. With the VUGM, you won’t have to worry about fighting for parking—the conference is completely online. You can participate in courses from the comfort of your home or office.

One last detail: the VUGM is free. That’s right, free! Eyefinity customers can participate in as many training courses as they want—all at no cost. In fact, different staff within your practice can take different courses.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in a week of dynamic online training, all at no cost for Eyefinity customers.

When: July 23–27
Where: Online
Cost: Free to Eyefinity customers!
Details: http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx
Registration: http://www.officemate.net/ugm_reg.aspx

We hope you’re able to participate . . . and bring your “A” game!

How will an eStore keep your patients in your practice?

Since 2007, there has been a 650% increase in adults buying their eyewear online in the United States. Many of those consumers buying eyewear on the internet are probably your patients. As an independent eyecare professional in a changing market, what are you doing to compete with this expanding group of online optical retailers?

Leonard Hampton, OD

Many independent eyecare professionals have already opened their own eStore, including Dr. Leonard Hampton, who has practiced optometry for 29 years at Memphis Family Vision in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Hampton recently sat down with us to discuss his recent decision to open an eStore. Initially apprehensive and skeptical, everything changed when he learned that an eStore could keep patients in his practice and money in his pocket.

Q: What methods do you use to market your practice?

A: We’ve used traditional marketing techniques, such as give-aways, trunk shows, and other events. We recently tested the social media waters with Facebook and Twitter, and have more than 500 Facebook “Likes” and more than 20 Twitter followers. I’m not a “Facebooker,” but I recognize the value of having an online presence where so many people today connect and shop.

Q: Why did you consider opening an eStore?

A: Patients were walking out the door with their prescriptions and buying contacts and eyewear elsewhere, and we didn’t have a solution. We’d heard about eStores, but to be honest, I’m “old school” and it felt weird even thinking about having an online store!

Q: What steps did you take to learn more about eStores?

A: A trip to SECO in March changed everything. The turning point for me was learning from an eStores representative how an eStore could address our problem, how easy it was to set up, and that it was free because I already had an eWebExtra site.

Q: Can you describe your experience setting up your eStore?

A: It was fast and the easiest thing we’ve done in a long time—truly a no-brainer! Eyefinity did a great job helping us set it up and showing us how it worked. We started receiving contact lens orders immediately. Also, the prescription validation process is easy and straightforward.

Q: How are you marketing your eStore?

A: There’s an eStore link on our eWebExtra site and we advertise it on our business cards. Now, when patients ask for their prescription, I let them know they can buy online from our eStore. It’s not a high-pressure sale—we’re just letting them know they have a new option.

Q: Are the opticians in your dispensary directing patients to your eStore to see more frame options?

A: Yes, and if patients don’t find what they need, we ask them to come back for more help.

Q: What would you tell your peers about your experience offering patients online options to connect with your practice?

A: Having an eWebExtra site is phenomenal. It’s one convenient place for patients to download forms, link to Facebook and Twitter, and shop using our eStore.

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If you’re an eWebExtra customer, opening your eStore is free, fast, and easy. Get started now, and you can be open for online business in less than 30 minutes.*

If you’re not an eWebExtra customer, sign up now so you can reap the rewards like Dr. Hampton. Questions? Contact an eStores customer support expert at 855.393.2664.

*eStores are exclusive to VSP® practices at this time. 

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