Guest Blogger – Ed Buffington, Chief Operating Officer for Eyefinity/OfficeMate:
Wow, it’s hard to believe I have been attending the International Vision Expo (OptiFair in the early years) for 28 years. What is harder to believe is the EXCITEMENT I experience during the booth setup of every major trade event, particularly the Vision Expos. There’s the anxiety of making sure the booth and all the boxes arrive timely, that all the computers boot up and work, the team arrives safely and at show time, we’re ready to rock and roll.
These days, Bill Hatch, our Senior Vice President of Marketing has those worries to deal with but I still have the same feeling of exuberance! What’s interesting is that in 28 years and over hundreds of shows, somehow, it always comes together.
This year at Vision Expo West there’s an added excitement for me: OfficeMate is now a part of the VSP Global! As many of you know, in 2008 OfficeMate merged with Eyefinity to become Eyefinity/OfficeMate. Together, we are a team of nearly 200 eyecare software and technology professionals.
To add to the excitement, VSP Global and Eyefinity/OfficeMate introduced the Healthcare Technology Program (HTP) this summer. Through the HTP, VSP providers can get OfficeMate and ExamWRITER electronic medical records and defer the software license fees until they begin to receive federal incentive payments through the HITECH Act. The response from ECPs to the HTP has been overwhelming! We had planned to bring the program to a close on September 30, but have decided to extend it through the end of Vision Expo West. Drop by our booth (#13063) to find out more.
Also – Check back with us here on the blog to see pictures of the Eyefinity/OfficeMate booth at Vision Expo West soon!