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.

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