Congratulations to ophthalmologist Dr. Jeffrey Willig, of Syosset, New York, who recently attested to meaningful use of the certified version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER. Dr. Willig shares his journey with us below:
For the past 25 years, I’ve been a private practice ophthalmologist. Three years ago, I began looking to upgrade my office’s practice management software, which I had been using for over 20 years. At the time, it was adequate, but had become outdated. I searched though many options, but they were all way too expensive for a solo practitioner and I put off the decision to upgrade time and time again.
Then, in 2009 while out for dinner with a cardiologist friend, I learned of the incentive money in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was going to be available to assist in implementing electronic medical records (EMR). This was the final push I needed to bring my practice into the 21st century.
I had finally made the decision to begin using EMR, but couldn’t find a system that was affordable. The cardiology practice had spent over $200,000 on software alone, and I knew that was never going to be possible for me. While attending Vision Expo in 2009, quite by accident I came across the booth for Eyefinity/OfficeMate. I had been using Officemate to run my optical business since 1996, but had no idea they offered an EMR system.
Immediately, I knew this was the solution I had been seeking. It differed from everything else on the market in the ease of data entry, efficiency and affordability. I purchased it on the spot and have been on the forefront of EMR ever since.
Officemate/ExamWRITER has streamlined my office practice in many ways. This includes saving time in scheduling appointments, documenting and retrieving exams, eprescribing, automatically generating consult letters and patient reports, coding, billing and posting payments. The technology has also impressed our patients, as they realize and appreciate that we are using a cutting edge system in our medical practice.
The system has already paid for itself in time saved by both myself and my staff. Now, I am about to realize the added bonus of the first installment of $18,000 in stimulus money. On April 24th, 2011, I successfully attested to 90 days of meaningful use. The process took less than 20 minutes. While the CMS website indicates upwards of 15 hours would be required to collect the data and attest, Officemate/ExamWRITER’s built-in Meaningful Use Reports automates the process and produces the data in seconds.
With government incentive money still on the table for you to collect, I strongly urge you to add a certified EMR system like OfficeMate/ExamWRITER into your practice if you haven’t already done so.