Getting Ready for “Meaningful Use”

A message from James Kirchner, OD, Chief Professional Officer for Eyefinity/OfficeMate:

Dr. James Kirchner

Recently, I introduced the concept of the HITECH Act, which is the government’s way of providing incentive for eligible providers to begin using electronic medical records (EMRs) in a meaningful way. It was out of this government directive that the concept of meaningful use (or “MU” in some circles) developed. I also shared with you that we have already scheduled software certification testing dates.

At Eyefinity/OfficeMate, we have embraced this government objective and have created a strategy to help you get ready to use your OfficeMate and ExamWRITER software in this manner. We feel that simply supplying our customers with a certified software product falls short of our commitment to your success. We want to help you start down the path of meaningful use now, because, in the end, full use of the software makes the difference for you and your practice and ultimately gets you the stimulus dollars!

The road to meaningful use begins with successful and comfortable use of a certified EMR. If you are not presently using or have not purchased ExamWRITER, you need to do so now. There is no reason to delay. The benefits of implementing and fully using an EMR far outweigh the stimulus money you will receive over the next few years.

If you are a professional procrastinator like I am, waiting for the last minute won’t work this time. Deciding to make the leap in late summer or, heaven forbid, September 30, 2011, would not be a wise choice.

So, my encouragement to you is to get it done! If you have ExamWRITER and aren’t using it, get serious about it, take some of our online classes, and get going. Go to and discover all the ways we can help you get going. If you haven’t yet purchased ExamWRITER, the same message to you…get it done! Contact us and get the process going.

In my next correspondence, I am going to start demystifying the whole meaningful use concept. Once explained in plain English, you will find that meaningful use is quite practical.

More Accolades from Vision Expo West

We received many more testimonials during the final two days of Vision Expo West. In fact, we received more testimonials than we expected, which made the random drawings for the final six Flip Video recorders quite competitive.

Many users described how OfficeMate and ExamWRITER have improved the patient workflow in their practice, as in this video.

And, many others described how ExamWRITER has enabled them to streamline the exam process and manage patient records, as exemplified in this video.

We posted the names of the winners on our Twitter page, @EyefinityOffice, but did not get the chance to post them here, on our blog.

Friday’s Flip Video Recorder Winners

  • Dr. Brent Croft of St. George, Utah
  • James Litnar of Madison, Ohio
  • Lori Shalz of Boise, Idaho

Saturday’s Flip Video Recorder Winners

  • Dr. Matthew Blondin of Torrington, Connecticut
  • Trish Shoopman of Penn Valley, California
  • Diane Wilcox of Penn Valley, California

A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who participated. Your enthusiasm and sincerity were greatly appreciated. Congratulations to the nine lucky winners of the Flip Video recorders!

OfficeMate and ExamWRITER Users Rave at Vision Expo West

OfficeMate and ExamWRITER users have always visited out trade show booths to say hi, ask questions about latest developments, and tell us how much OfficeMate and ExamWRITER have helped their practices. It’s a wonder that we haven’t captured any of that praise or enthusiasm about our products until now.

Long-time users visiting our Vision Expo West booth have found our “Man at the Show” and recorded brief testimonials about their favorite features and their experiences using OfficeMate and ExamWRITER, and so far, their words have made us blush.

Every user who records a testimonial at the show is entered to win one of three Flip Video Ultra HD recorders—each day of the show. Here are the winners of our first three Flip Video recorders:

  • Martin F. Guinta, of Utica, Michgan
  • Thomas Lees of Fort Gratiot, Michigan
  • Amy Rasmusson of Frisco, Texas

If you’re one of our lucky winners, stop by our booth tomorrow and pick up your prize.

If you’d like to enter to win a Flip Video recorder, stop by the Eyefinity/OfficeMate booth and tell us what you think.

Tell Us What You Think and Get Entered to Win a Flip Video Recorder!

Testimonal ManInternational Vision Expo West opens its doors this week. Are you packed and ready to go yet?

Continuing-education courses are offered Wednesday through Saturday, and the exhibit hall is open Thursday through Saturday. Visit the International Vision Expo West website for a detailed schedule.

Be sure to stop by the Eyefinity/OfficeMate booth (booth #3063) to tell us what you think and share your Eyefinity/OfficeMate story. Eyefinity/OfficeMate will be raffling off three Flip Video recorders each day the exhibit hall is open. That’s nine chances to win a Flip Video recorder! All you have to do to enter to win is find our “Man at the Show” at the Eyefinity/OfficeMate booth and record a testimonial. It’s that easy.

Vision Expo West Booth

The Eyefinity/OfficeMate booth is often one of the busiest booths at Vision Expo.

While you’re there, test drive our latest versions of our eyecare practice management software, electronic medical records, and the latest equipment interfaces. Also, check out our claim filing, frame and contact lens ordering, lab ordering, and website development and hosting solutions.

Don’t miss your opportunity to share your story and leave Vegas a winner!