The Ultimate Field Guide to Vision Expo West

Crowds, booths, classes, oh my! There’s a lot going on at Vision Expo West, so we’ve compiled some must-know tips for VEW first timers.

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Don’t Go Hangry (hunger and anger aren’t a good combo in Vegas)
Head over to the Food Court no later than 11:30 a.m. By noon, you’re more likely to win the jackpot than avoid a massive line.

To avoid the afternoon crash, stop by Eyefinity booth 13065 at 2 p.m. every day for a free pick-me-up snack. We’ll have a variety of treats like margaritas, chips and salsa, wine, and a charcuterie board. If you need something sweet, come by on Thursday at 2 p.m. for cupcakes and raffle prizes in celebration of Eyefinity EHR’s 5th Birthday!

When You Gotta Go…
Use the restrooms in Medical & Scientific Pavilion. These are the least-used restrooms on the show floor.

Layer Up
Bring a light sweater to have on the show floor. While the strip can feel like the Sahara, the Convention Center is cold enough for a penguin to feel at home.

Grab a Bag
While they’re highly valuable, it can be hard to carry all the flyers, giveaways, and business cards you receive without a tote of some kind!

Take these tips with you to VEW and come by our booth 13065 to find out how you can future proof your practice with our cloud solutions!

Vision Expo West: How to Get Your Money’s Worth in Vegas

 

Vision Expo West isn’t cheap ($40 buffets…crazy!). However, VEW can be an important investment for your practice. Here are five ways to ensure you make the most out of this year’s show:

  1. Register for free! Let Eyefinity pick up the tab.
  2. Take advantage of incredible education opportunities. There are over 300 hours of education for every role and experience level. Eyefinity is sponsoring a presentation on Improving Quality Care Through Medical Optometry by Dr. Dustin Krassin of Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago.
  3. Get a sweet deal. Come by the Eyefinity booth 13065 to find out how you can get special pricing on Eyefinity cloud solutions. Think of it as optometry’s Black Friday!
  4. Connect with your peers. The Las Vegas strip will be hopping with networking events during VEW. Check out a list of just some of the happy hours, receptions, and breakfasts you might want to attend.
  5. Enjoy free food! Every day at 2 p.m. we’re offering free food and drinks. Swing by on Thursday at 2 p.m. for special cupcakes in celebration of Eyefinity EHR’s 5th Birthday!

Don’t be a stranger! We’d love to see you at booth 13065 to show you how Eyefinity EHR can help your practice.

Cloudy with a Chance of Whaaattt? Clearing Up Cloud Solutions.

The “cloud” is a vague tech term that doesn’t provide any context clues as to what it can do for optometric practices. Let’s breakdown what the cloud is, and how it directly relates to your practice.

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At its core, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet, instead of a computer hard drive in your practice.

What is a Cloud-Based EHR or Practice Management Solution?

Cloud-based electronic health records (EHR) and practice management solutions allow a practice to access, work, and securely store data, such as patient demographics, exams, and lab orders, in one secure online location that’s accessible via the Internet, wherever you happen to be.

Electronic health records and practice management solutions aren’t stored on a server or computer, but are securely stored and accessed via almost any device with a Web browser, app, and Internet connectivity.

Server-Based vs. Cloud-Based EHR and Practice Management Solutions

Server-based EHR and practice management solutions require a practice to purchase and install software on a server (hardware). All data is stored locally and the practice is responsible for any backups, updates, and bug fixes. A server-based solution often requires more IT resources and staff time to install updates and perform maintenance.

Contrastingly, a cloud-based EHR and practice management solution does not require a server or installing software on a hard drive. Data is securely stored in an online location, aka the “cloud,” not on your computer. Because of automatic updates and no backup requirements, cloud-based solutions require minimal IT resources.

Think of it as owning a car versus using a ride-sharing app like Lyft or Uber. A server-based solution is like owning a car in that the owner is responsible for all maintenance, including gas, oil changes, and repairs. The car lives in the owner’s garage, similarly to the server living in a practice. And just as all data—such as miles driven and gas tank levels—is stored within a car, your practice data is stored directly in the server.

Cloud-based solutions are similar to ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Uber. Using a ride-sharing app does not require car ownership, just as using a cloud-based solution does not require owning a server. The car isn’t stored in your garage, nor are you responsible for car maintenance. Similarly, cloud-based software isn’t stored at the practice, nor is the practice responsible for any software fixes. Both ride-sharing apps and cloud-based solutions can be accessed on the go via an app or Web browser.

Should You Purchase a Cloud-Based Solution?

Cloud-based software is the solution for the future and many practices are already experiencing its benefits. Find out if a cloud-based solution is right for your practice by speaking to your Eyefinity Account Executive at 800.269.3666 option 2 or by requesting a demo.

Eyefinity Sweeps 2017 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

PROOF2_13600-17-EFXA_EyeVote_Readers-Choice-Awards_Eyefinity-Web-Ads_1117_Tower-120x225Eyefinity earned four 2017 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, including its’ seventh consecutive Readers’ Choice Practice Management Software Company. Presented by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine, ECP readers voted Eyefinity as:

  • Readers’ Choice EHR Company
  • Readers’ Choice EHR Brand
  • Readers’ Choice Practice Management Software Company
  • Readers’ Choice Practice Management Brand

Eyefinity is proud to partner with its customers to help create solutions that liberate doctors to deliver great patient care.

See customer feedback at www.eyefinity.com/word.

4 Things You Didn’t Know about VEW

Pick your classes, pack your most comfortable shoes, make dinner reservations— Vision Expo West is just around the corner! Here are 4 things we bet you didn’t know about VEW.Las Vegas Sign

  1. VEW is so big that 5 football fields would fit inside the exhibit space.
  2. About 24% of attendees are optometrists (based off Vision Expo West 2016)
  3. VEW is truly international! Last year, almost 200 international exhibitors attended VEW, representing 16 countries.
  4. Most attendees come from California (3,906 attended in 2016), while eye care professionals in Delaware are least likely to make it out to Vegas (1 attended in 2016).

We can’t wait for another fantastic VEW! Visit us at booth #17114 and #MS 12043 to learn how you can get a $1,000 gift card and qualify for huge monthly savings with a purchase of Eyefinity EHR.

Eyefinity EHR: Check

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

I made it!

Hello from the other side. I am happy to report that all is going great with our implementation of Eyefinity EHR. I was never really worried about it, but I did have first day jitters. The nervousness is really more of a mind game than anything else. It is funny how you are either excited to get started or nervous about the unknown. We always try to keep a positive perspective, as it changes the outcome and outlook of the day for the better. Continue reading

Great to the Last Moment

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

One of the last things you will do as you prepare to go live with Eyefinity EHR is a final “checkout” with your Implementation Specialist. What I loved about the checkout is that it inspired me to hammer out those last 20 charts. It was wonderful to see how much faster I was at completing a chart in Eyefinity EHR than in ExamWRITER (and I am pretty good with ExamWRITER if I might say so myself!).

In my opinion, what makes Eyefinity EHR faster is that it “remembers me.” With its intuitive programming, the most common diagnoses I see in my area are at my fingertips as well as my most common treatments and return visits. It is like having a chair-side assistant that learns your every move and anticipates the next one for you.  I still make all of the final decisions, of course. However, the options I want most are designed to be easy to find.

In addition to the doctors, all the technicians do a final checkout as well. As we all went through our checkout, it was low-stress and a positive teaching experience to have the specialist there with us. The checkout is one more teaching moment that brings it all together and inspires your practice to get going.

Read Dr. Jasper’s previous post here| Read Dr. Jasper’s next post here

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