ePrescribing is Here to Stay—The Latest States to Make the Switch

In 2003 electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) was introduced as a cheaper, more convenient, and safer way to prescribe medication. It has become an integral part in providing quality care and now several states including Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, and New York have implemented ePrescribe mandates. California and Michigan are next.

So, what does this mean for my practice?  

Starting October 1, 2021, for Michigan and January 1, 2022, for California, optometrists, ophthalmologists and other prescribers will be required to send all medication prescriptions electronically. If your practice is currently using paper medication prescriptions, they will no longer meet the Michigan and California Pharmacy Law requirements. 

As the eye care industry continues to evolve, we are seeing a shift from traditional paper workflows to smart technology and automation. Whether you are practicing in a state immediately affected by this new mandate or not, we recommend you check your state guidelines. You may need to adjust your office procedures or secure new software in order to comply with these new ePrescribe mandates soon.  

How do I comply with ePrescribe mandates using Eyefinity EHR?  

We understand how important regulatory compliance is to you and your patients. That’s why Eyefinity EHR has built-in ePrescribe capabilities to help you effortlessly comply with these new mandates. With Eyefinity EHR and a dedicated iPad app, you can effectively manage patients’ prescriptions anywhere, anytime, on any device connected to the internet. Already an Eyefinity EHR user? Click here to learn more.  

Why should I prescribe medication electronically?  

While it is important for regulatory compliance, ePrescribing also has a few extra benefits for optometry practices:  

  • Securely access patient medication history and receive alerts for potential drug interactions and allergies the patient may have, in real time. 
  • Save patients money with the ability to find and suggest available coupons, while increasing the transparency they have into their out-of-pocket cost.   
  • Make the most informed decision for your patient’s treatment plan with the ability to see what other providers are prescribing with Grand Rounds Medication Assist.  
  • Take the guesswork out of handwritten prescriptions, reduce potential errors and the need for prescription clarifications at the pharmacy. 

We understand staying on top of the latest regulations affecting the eyecare industry is no easy feat. That’s why with Eyefinity EHR you can do everything listed above and more, so you can easily comply without any disruptions to your workflow.   

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Eyefinity Earns Four 2020 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

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Eyefinity is thrilled to announce we earned four 2020 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, presented by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine. We were recognized as the Favorite EHR Software Company, Favorite Practice Management Software Company, Favorite EHR Software Brand, and Favorite Practice Management Software Brand.

We see the important work doctors do every day and strive to provide valuable software backed by a team dedicated to your success. Being continuously acknowledged by eyecare professionals, like you is truly an honor and it is especially meaningful to receive this recognition on our 20th anniversary.

This award continues to fuel our efforts to support you with simplified, time-saving practice technology that can help transform your workflows and practice efficiencies. Being named EyeVote Readers’ Choice in optometric software exemplifies our commitment to remaining responsive to the needs of doctors especially as our industry continues to navigate the effects of the pandemic.

In an unpredictable year like 2020, we were inspired by your resiliency and grateful for all that you do for your patients and communities. From all of us here at Eyefinity, thank you for 10 years of recognition and here’s to many more years serving you.

Interested in learning more about all that Eyefinity has to offer? Click here to discover how Eyefinity’s secure and reliable cloud-based software helps your practice prepare for whatever comes next.

This is the 10th consecutive year Eyefinity has been recognized by the EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. We also received recognition in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Fast Track: How One Practice Transitioned to Eyefinity Cloud Software in Just 30 Days

Consider this: Do you find yourself chaotically searching through files or clicking between countless open windows? Do your patients sign-in for appointments with pen and paper? If so, now may be the perfect time to plan ahead and make a commitment to achieve faster, more efficient workflows in your practice.

You probably already know that there is a way to eliminate inefficiencies – such as antiquated servers or paper charting – with state-of-the-art practice management technology, like Eyefinity EHR and Eyefinity Practice Management, software from VSP Global®. What you may not know is how fast and seamless the transition can be.

Read about how Dr. Veronica Barber of Vista Point Eye Care in California transitioned to her new Eyefinity solutions in just 30 days and why she says it was totally worth the effort.

On the Fast Track to a Better Practice

Like many other Eye Care Providers (ECPs), Dr. Barber had to change the way she ran her business in the face of COVID-19. In doing so, she saw an opportunity to do something she had wanted to do for several months.

“I knew I wanted to try Eyefinity in 2019, but I was hesitant to pull the trigger because the task of transitioning to a new software and training my whole team was daunting,” said Dr. Barber. “When business started to drop due to the pandemic, I knew it was time.”

The time to transition to a new practice management software can typically take 90-120 days, but Dr. Barber was certain her team could do it faster, and with Eyefinity’s help, they did!

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Eyefinity Earns EHNAC Healthcare Network Re-accreditation

We have some good news to share at Eyefinity. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve passed the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) audit with a score of 98%!

I’m proud that EHNAC has awarded Eyefinity with another two years of full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP). This achievement aligns with Eyefinity’s ongoing commitment to cyber security and ensuring customers trust in our ability to manage and protect personal health information and reliably process HIPAA transactions.

EHNAC conducted a comprehensive review of Eyefinity’s privacy and security measures, system availability, timeliness, and accuracy concluding all established standards for the industry had been successfully met.

Our customers and partners want to know that we are doing everything we can to manage data with the utmost integrity and effectiveness.  Conducting regular, comprehensive and objective evaluation of our business operations, privacy, and security policies demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our customers’ critical data.

Read more about this recent accomplishment in more detail in the official press release.

Telemedicine Today

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Valerie Sheety-Pilon, OD

Imagine being asked a month ago, “How would you feel about managing the care of your patients from the phone or the web?” I would hazard to guess that few of us had considered it a real possibility. COVID-19 awakened our industry to the applicability of remote care, while the government’s injunction of telehealth waiver 1135 made it a reality overnight.

Some say telehealth services, across all medical verticals, could have been adopted long ago. Though for good reason, telemedicine has been governed by strict regulations. Like me, many of you may have been watching the industry grapple with a position on this topic.

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How to Use Data to Grow Your Optometric Practice

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Data holds the power to help your practice succeed. It’s the numbers that provide essential information to help you make informed decisions and drive revenue. In the data-driven world we live in, it’s no surprise that analytics play a vital role in the health of any business. Not only do analytics provide the necessary resources for making key decisions, but they provide important reference points to identify procedural gaps and areas to improve patient care.

Eyefinity EHR makes it easy to dive into your data with analytics capabilities built right into the software. While other reporting platforms only allow you to track a few basic metrics, Eyefinity EHR’s Analytics brings together clinical and operational data in interactive reports that will showcase opportunities to improve patient care and grow your practice.

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How “Sunsetting” By Microsoft Could Affect Your Practice

Companies are constantly replacing older versions of their technology with the latest and greatest. This is often called “sunsetting,” and involves terminating support for older versions.

Microsoft is currently replacing old technology that could have a significant impact on practices using server-based practice management systems. In particular, there are two updates that have significant impact for OfficeMate users.

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Eyefinity Sweeps 2018 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

Presented by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine, eyecare professionals have voted Eyefinity for multiple 2018 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards. For the eighth straight year, we’ve been chosen as the preferred Practice Management Software Company. And for the fifth straight year, Eyefinity has been awarded with the EHR Brand award.

I’m humbled by this continued recognition, as well as by our awards in the Practice Management Software Brand and EHR Company categories. We see the important work eyecare professionals do every single day and strive to provide solutions that liberate you to practice the way you want. To be acknowledged by you for that is truly an honor.

These awards continue to fuel our efforts to support you with intuitive, time-saving technology that can help transform your practice’s workflow, every step of the way.

From all of us here at Eyefinity, thank you. It’s a privilege to be your company of choice.

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.