Cloud Technology in a Flash

blog_stopwatchThe second installment in our series of posts about cloud technology. Now let’s look at speed and bandwidth.

by Eyefinity Senior Product Manager Andrew Lee

Better Use of Time
A cloud-based system can save you time, by removing hardware issues from your practice and providing readily accessible records, but what’s required?

The Need for Speed
Internet speed can be a significant factor. Before taking the leap to the cloud, ask providers about bandwidth requirements for their solutions. This is important when evaluating the cost of a practice management solution. If you’re required to subscribe to a very high-speed internet service, that’s a red flag. This could add hundreds of dollars every month, and suddenly what seemed like a low monthly cost for the practice management system, is drastically inflated.

We recommend a minimum of 3 Mbps (Megabits per second) download and 1.5 Mbps upload speeds. For optimal performance, you’ll want 3 – 6 Mbps, depending on the number of doctors and staff in your office.   Check your current speeds at www.speedtest.net.

Ask the Right Questions
Some practice management solutions require speeds up to 20 mbps, and have response times up to 30 seconds, so be sure to ask what’s required, and how fast the system will respond. A web-based system should respond within a couple of seconds, and an optimized system should average less than one second.

Up next, unlocking the secret to security in the cloud.

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Get out of the Fog About Cloud Technology

hotairballoonThis is the first in a series of posts about cloud technology

by Eyefinity Senior Product Manager Andrew Lee

There is a tremendous amount of buzz in the industry about “the cloud” and cloud-based systems. The major benefits we hear are that the cloud can help practices reduce costs and enable access to patient data from anywhere. But what does this really mean?

It’s a foggy topic, and we’re here to help clear the air. In this blog series, your peers and industry experts will explain cloud concepts in a simple way that you can understand and apply to your practice. Armed with the right information, you can make decisions with confidence.

Top 6 Questions to Ask Before Moving to the Cloud

Here are a few questions that have probably come to mind and you should consider when thinking about moving to the cloud:

  1. Is it secure?
  2. Is it fast enough for my staff?
  3. What’s the difference? Hosted? SaaS? Web app? Native app?
  4. What’s the return on my investment? And, what’s the cost savings?
  5. How do cloud solutions change my workflow in the practice?
  6. How can I be liberated to run my business efficiently and effectively?

So, what exactly IS “the cloud”?

Simply paraphrased and taken from the U.S. Department of Commerce:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that you can quickly and easily update and push to your device, whether it’s a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Then you may ask, “Hmmm, which cloud model is best for me and my practice?”

It’s all about YOU. Unlike software that you need to install from a disc or software you download to your server, the basic premise of the cloud is that YOU can access it anytime, anywhere, and from any device.

The beauty is no one needs to come to your office and install the software. You can access it from a web browser. It’s like accessing water from your faucet, on-demand, anytime.

But is it secure and fast? Stay tuned for the next blog in this series.

Did you know that you can help to shape the future of practice management in the cloud? With your input, the next level of practice management solutions will be everything you want and need it to be.

Learn more.

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Engage your Patients

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Your most important marketing tool just got better. See how eWebExtra™, your Eyefinity® website solution, integrates seamlessly with OfficeMate® v10+ to make you more available to your customers.

Patients want the ability to view appointment times and schedule appointments directly from your website. And the best part is that you can now accept these appointments with just a click. OfficeMate automatically captures and pre-populates all of your patient’s data without any additional work for you.

Simplify your workflow and eliminate:

• Manual entry

• Appointment scheduling conflicts

• Additional appointment scheduling negotiations

• Missed appointment opportunities

Once your patient schedules an appointment through your website, all you have to do is approve the time and the appointment information will automatically be added to OfficeMate. You still have the power to approve or deny all appointments scheduled online.

To take advantage of this new feature, you will need to upgrade your eWebExtra OfficeMate driver. Log on to http://www.eyefinity.com, click on the eWeb tab. Click on the “manage OfficeMate Integration” button. Once there, you will be able to update your “Schedule Sync” and “Patient Info Inbox” with the new installers.

We are committed to being your business partner and keeping your online presence cutting edge. We have many more great updates coming soon. Make sure to keep an eye out for future updates!

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Eyefinity Sets Its Sights on the Future of EHR Tech

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Curious about electronic health records (EHRs) and what the future might hold for you in making a difference for your practice and patients? Eyefinity president Steve Baker taps into the potential of the optical industry’s medical and retail strengths.

Read full article.

Reprinted from Medical Design

EHR is Mobile: Access EHR on Tablets

By Kathleen M. Andersen, ODKathleen Andersen

Electronic health records in the cloud can be easily accessed on mobile devices like tablets, enabling your staff greater efficiency and better service to patients.

EQUIP staff with mobile devices like iPads.
INTEGRATE use of EHR on device into patient flow.
FINE-TUNE observing what works best and how to best guard patient privacy.

Read the entire article: Access EHR on Tablets

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

The Potential of Google Glass

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You’ve heard of Google Glass, right? Been thinking about how it might be used in your practice? Check out the article in EYE2 to see more about one of the most exciting technologies in the last decade with so much potential for VSP network providers. Matthew Alpert, OD and VSP board member shares that, “Glass has many potential benefits for the profession of optometry and the patients VSP serves.”

Read article here. 

Wouldn’t It Be Great if “What if” Could Be “You Can?” Well, It’s about to Happen!

What if technology could make your practice more efficient? What if more time could make you more money? What if technology could make you truly mobile? What if technology could learn how you like to diagnose? What if technology could help you create a better patient experience?

Wouldn’t it be great if “what if” could be “YOU CAN?” Well it’s about to happen.

Coming this summer, Eyefinity will introduce a cutting-edge EHR system that works the way YOU practice medicine. Coupled with the robust OfficeMate Practice Management system, no other system compares for increased revenue and enhanced patient care.

Don’t get left behind—check out this video, then register to get on an exclusive waiting list.