Our “Look” Over the Years

Interested in taking a quick stroll down Eyefinity’s memory lane? Check out the evolution of our company logos throughout the past 25 years!

OfficeMate and ExamWRITER Help Documentation Wins Awards

Carrie and Michael display the Awards of Merit they won for the Eyefinity documentation.

There are many resources available to you when you are using OfficeMate and ExamWRITER and you need help. Although picking up the telephone and calling Customer Care is easy to do, it is often quicker to open one of the documents that are available to you from the Help menus in the programs and search for and instantly get help for your issue. At Eyefinity, we have a team of writers dedicated to creating these help documents for you, which are available 24/7.

Recently, two pieces of Eyefinity documentation were recognized for their excellence in technical communication. The “Using the General Ledger Interface” and “ExamWRITER 9.0 Enhancements” documents won prestigious Awards of Merit in the 2010–2011 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Southern California Technical Documentation Competition. The judges commented that the “Using General Ledger Interface” document is attractive and well-executed and appropriate for the audience and the “ExamWRITER 9.0 Enhancements” document is engaging and fills the need of external and internal users.

Carrie Damschroder, Director of Documentation, wrote and edited the informational document about the new features in ExamWRITER v9, and Michael Opsteegh, Senior Technical Writer, wrote and edited the instructional document about the General Ledger Interface in OfficeMate.

The Southern California STC chapters sponsored the technical documentation competition to recognize and encourage excellence in communication through printed and online media. The competition honors technical writers and editors who set the standard for published technical communication.

As always, we are interested in your feedback on the documentation that we create to help you. If you notice something that we could write or present better, please let us know.

Dr. Kirchner Explains Meaningful Use Objectives and Exclusions

Eyefinity’s Chief Professional Officer, James Kirchner, OD, continues his series to help you understand meaningful use objectives and exclusions:  

Dr. Kirchner

In my previous Trends and Tactics e-mail, we made it through all of the CMS meaningful use objectives. As you’ll remember, there are 25 objectives—defined in the CMS Final Rule. Of those objectives, 15 are considered core, and CMS expects the Eligible Professional (EP) to fulfill them. The remaining 10 are menu objectives and CMS allows EPs to fulfill just 5.

Last year I stated that CMS provided a set number of exclusions that an EP can use for a designated objective, and that by claiming the exclusion, the objective is fulfilled.

In this edition, I’m presenting the designated exclusions with their particular objective. Objectives not included on this list don’t have exclusions. Again, you only need to fulfill 5 menu objectives, so exclusions become very valuable in regard to fulfilling the 15 core objectives.

Core Objectives:

1. CPOE (Computer physician order entry) for medication orders

More than 30% of unique patients with at least 1 medication in their medication list seen by the EP must have at least 1 medication order entered using CPOE

Exclusion – EP writing less than 100 prescriptions during reporting period

2. Record and chart vital signs

Height, weight, blood pressure, calculate and display BMI, and plot/display growth charts (for children 2 – 20 years old), including BMI; for more than 50% of all unique patients over age 2 have height, weight, and blood pressure recorded as structured data

Exclusion – EP seeing no patients 2 years or older or believes that all three vital signs of height, weight, and blood pressure have no relevance to their scope of practice

3. Record smoking status for patients 13 years old or older

More than 50% of all unique patients 13 years or older seen by the EP must have smoking status recorded as structured data

Exclusion – An EP who sees no patients 13 years or older

4. Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx)

More than 40% of all permissible prescriptions written by the EP are transmitted electronically using certified EHR technology

Exclusion – EP writing less than 100 prescriptions during reporting period

5. Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information

Including diagnostic test results, problem list, medication lists, medication allergies, discharge summary, procedures upon request; more than 50% of all unique patients of the EP who request an electronic copy of their health information are provided it within 3 business days

Exclusion – EP that has no requests during the reporting period

6. Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit

Clinical summaries provided to patients for more than 50% of all office visits within 3 business days

Exclusion – EP that has no office visits during the reporting period

Menu Objectives (Only Need to Satisfy 5 Out of 10):

1. Implement drug-formulary checks

The EP has enabled this functionality and has access to at least one internal or external drug formulary for the entire EHR reporting period

Exclusion – EP who writes fewer than 100 prescriptions during reporting period

2. Incorporate clinical lab-test results

On to certified EHR technology as structured data

Exclusion – EP who orders no lab tests whose results are either a positive/negative or numeric format during reporting period

3. Send reminders to patients per patient preference for preventive/follow-up care

More than 20% of all unique patients 65 years or older, or 5 years old or younger were sent an appropriate reminder during the EHR reporting period

Exclusion – EP who sees no patients 65 years or older, or 5 years or younger with records maintained using EHR technology during reporting period

4. Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information

Including lab results, problem list, medication lists, medication allergies within 4 business days of the information being available to the EP; more than 10% of all unique patients seen by the EP are provided timely (available to the patient within 4 business days) electronic access to their health information subject to the EP’s discretion to withhold certain information

Exclusion – EP that neither orders nor creates lab tests or information that would be contained in the problem list or medication list during the reporting period

5. The EP who receives a patient from another setting of care, or provider of care, or believes an encounter is relevant should perform medication reconciliation EP performs medication reconciliation for more than 50% of transitions of care in which the patient is transitioned into the care of the EP

Exclusion – EP who was not the recipient of any transitions of care during the reporting period

6. The EP, who transitions their patient to another setting of care or provider of care or refers their patient to another provider of care, should provide summary of care record for each transition of care or referral

EP, provides a summary of care record for more than 50% of transitions of care and referrals

Exclusion – EP who neither transfers a patient to another setting nor refers a patient to another provider during the reporting period

7. Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries or Immunization Information Systems and actual submission in accordance with applicable law and practice

Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology’s capacity to submit electronic data to immunization registries

Exclusion – EP who administers no immunizations during the reporting period or where no immunization registry has the capacity to receive the information electronically

8. Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and actual submission in accordance with applicable law and practice

Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology’s capacity to provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies

Exclusion – An EP who does not collect any reportable syndromic information during the reporting period or does not submit such information to any public health agency that has the capacity to receive the information electronically

Using exclusions allows you to fulfill meaningful use, but they’re options only. Colleagues have told me that they plan to fulfill all of the 25 objectives and not use exclusions. That is a bold commitment, but not necessary to fulfill meaningful use in Stage 1.

Remember to register with CMS now. You don’t have to have your certified EMR in place to register.

Check out this excellent CMS Registration video tutorial.

Introducing our new brand: Eyefinity

Steve Baker - Preisdent of Eyefinity

Do you like to golf? Maybe you are one of the 28.6 million Americans that love to hit a little white ball – hopefully straight. The Ryder Cup is the premier event in golf, staging the very best that Great Britain and America have to offer.  It’s the blending of two great brands, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA.  Interestingly, these two venerable organizations recently announced a new unified brand and logo. Now rebranded as the “Ryder Cup,” the new look will unify the brand and strengthen the alliance between the two organizing bodies of the world’s most famous team golf competition.

In the optical world, we also have two great venerable brands in Eyefinity and OfficeMate.  Both brands represent a long-standing tradition of great customer service and products that unite the optical industry, all backed by the most passionate people in the industry.

Today we announce our new brand, titled simply “Eyefinity.” All the great products that you are familiar with will continue under our now unified brand. Eyefinity is the only company in the market to provide a collective offering of Web-based and desktop solutions.

We have been serving you for over 25 years, and we will continue to support your eyecare business well into the future. We never sit still, and this year will be no different.  Stay tuned for some exciting surprises as we continue to raise the bar with innovative new products designed to help your eyecare business thrive.

Eyefinity. Same great products. One great name. Infinite possibilities.

Attending SECO 2011 this week? Stop by our booth and see us! (booth #513)