Planning to Qualify for a 2012 Federal Incentive Payment?

You must begin 90 days of meaningful use by October 3, 2012! Follow this step-by-step checklist to ensure you’re on track.

Upgrade

Visit myinstallcenter.officemate.net to upgrade to OfficeMate/ExamWRITER® v10, the certified, complete EHR system.

Upgrade as soon as possible to ensure you’re up and running well before the October 3, 2012, deadline to start demonstrating meaningful use.

Review the Hardware & System Requirements to ensure you meet or exceed the minimum hardware and system.

If your hardware doesn’t meet software requirements, contact trusted OfficeMate Certified Partners, North Shore Computer or Think Smart to assist.

Register

Register on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) website by October 3, so you’re ready to demonstrate meaningful use.

Train

Visit the Meaningful Use Resource Center for intuitive resources to quickly get you up and running with v10, and help you understand how to achieve meaningful use.

Don’t miss our Ask the Expert session on meaningful use this Thursday, September 27. Submit your meaningful use questions and listen to what other people are asking. Register now!

Fulfill

Fulfill the mandatory 90 days of meaningful use (October–December 2012).

Use the Meaningful Use Reporting Calculator in ExamWRITER, under the Reports menu, for real-time calculations, and to measure and obtain feedback on your progress.

Collect

Check the Attestation User Guide on the CMS website for the complete attestation process.

Be one of thousands of ODs in the country to qualify and receive your stimulus payment—by using the industry leading EHR system.

Vision Expo West Recap

Eyefinity Booth

The Eyefinity booth showcases a variety of technologies tailored specifically for eyecare professionals.

With Vision Expo West barely in the rear view mirror, we wanted to take an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. Attendees make VEW a fun and exciting show, and it’s always a pleasure to meet eyecare professionals who are willing to share their thoughts and experiences with us.

Live Chat

The live chat with customer care stations enable clients to ask support questions about our products.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit the Eyefinity booth, here’s a brief rundown of what you missed and a few photos to whet your appetite for the next show. Visitors were treated to demos of the latest versions of OfficeMate and ExamWRITER, eStores, ECR Vault, the EyeXam iPhone app, and otto—the one-touch-to-optical iPad app. Clients who required technical assistance or training could connect directly (and visually) with customer care representatives, who could explain how to resolve issues or call the office to troubleshoot problems. The live chat with customer care has become a popular fixture in our booth. Finally, visitors  who attended theater presentations learned about a variety of topics including meaningful use, EyeXam, how to increase revenue by 10%, and AcuityLogic—the next generation practice management solution.

Booth Theater

Theater attendees could learn about a variety of topics within the Eyefinity booth.

If you weren’t able to make it to our booth at VEW, that’s okay. Check us out at future eyecare shows. We’re bound to have plenty of new things to show you.

Eyefinity Kicks Off Vision Expo West with a Preconference Event

Eyefinity got a jumpstart on Vision Expo West by offering an informative training session to a capacity crowd. The theme of FOCUS 2012 was “Embracing the “i” Craze.”

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Attendees were still filing in when FOCUS 2012 opened.

The objective of the event was to highlight many of the technological advances that are going to change the healthcare industry in general and the eyecare industry in particular. For example, eyecare practices are demanding more of their practice management and EHR software, moving from client-based to web and mobile-based solutions, and requiring more interoperability to share information with other practitioners.

So, too, are patients demanding more of their healthcare providers, seeking mobile solutions, and requiring more accessible healthcare data. Furthermore, cheap, direct-to-consumer options are enabling patients to buy their eyewear and contact lenses online.

In addition to market forces, the government is pushing patents to be more accountable for their own health, to take better care of themselves, and invest in preventative medicine. The confluence of these pressures is requiring us to reimagine healthcare and remove the silos between providers and disciplines. Technology can help us do that.

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Dr. Daniel Kraft outlined some of the implications mobile technology has on eyecare practices and the medical industry.

Dr. Daniel Kraft, the keynote speaker, explained that we can only make these things happen by embracing technology. The proliferation and ubiquity of mobile devices and the unique and specialized apps that are developed for them will be a benefit to healthcare. Soon we will see healthcare providers prescribing apps in addition to, or in place of, medications. Apps like a mobile EKG can monitor heartrate, a pedometer can record the number of steps taken in a day and measure exercise, and mobile diagnostic equipment that plugs into the mobile device can measure all manner of diagnostic medical information. All of which can send data back to the healthcare professional for review.

This sounds like fanciful stuff, but the technology is available today. As you can imagine this flood of data will be overwhelming, so it will be increasingly important to be able to sort and visualize changes in measurements over time. Dashboards that can sift through and display data visually will become more important as more data pours in.

FOCUS 2012 Panel

The FOCUS 2012 panel discussed technologies that practices could leverage today.

Not everything at FOCUS 2012 was reminiscent of an H. G. Wells novel. The next segment was a lively panel discussion about using technology in the eyecare practice. The panel consisted of Warren Meyers, Nikki Iravani, OD, and Ryan Wineinger, OD. The panel covered many topics, but the questions focused on leveraging social media. Some titbits of advice on social media included the following:

  • Focus on a few, select social media outlets. Don’t try to hit them all.
  • Solicit your patients for reviews on Yelp and Google Places.
  • Don’t delete unfavorable reviews. Potential patients are looking for authentic information about your practice and will turn away if they sense that the reviews all came from your friends and family.
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Attendees were also given hand-on demonstrations of mobile apps that are available to patients and practices today.

Finally, attendees were given an opportunity to test EyeXam and otto, two new mobile technologies that you and your patients can use today.

If you know someone who attended the event, ask them about it. We hope to see you at FOCUS 2013. In the meantime, swing by the Eyefinity booth at VEW.