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 Eyefinity EHR Makes a Cup of Joe.

By Jamie Broughton, Optometric Technician, Mallinger Family Eyecare

At Mallinger Family Eyecare, Dr. Jennifer Mallinger, Dr. Julie Arcemont, and the staff strive to surpass the expectation of care for every patient. This isn’t easy in a world where there’s an app for everything, and folks are accustomed to walking into Starbucks and ordering their “usual” like a regular. Today’s patients expect more than just a solid prescription. It’s about the complete experience.

To keep up with patients’ growing expectations, we decided to go paperless about a year and a half ago. I can’t even describe how scary that was, but change always is. With support from Eyefinity® and our scanner, we successfully moved to Eyefinity EHR.

When you think of electronic health records, you probably assume you need to be tech savvy. But with Eyefinity EHR, understanding how to use an iPad is all you need to get started. Yes, there are times when something simple can get a bit involved. It happens with computers too, but that is when the technician saves the day!

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Swing, Baby, Swing – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

One of my favorite quotes of all time is “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” attributed to hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. I’ve always loved that it speaks to taking chances and not backing down from the unfamiliar. Continue reading

Two to Seven Years – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

I want to share with you an alarming statistic about low vision patients. Continue reading

Giving Back – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

In 2016, an estimated $390.05 billion was given to U.S. charities according to Giving USA. “Why is Steve sharing this fact with me?” you ask. In my opinion, the foundation on which Optometry is built is giving back. Continue reading

Getting Schooled – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

This past month, it has been such an eye-opening experience to reflect on what it means to move “Forward Together.” From how “grit” is a uniquely human quality that helps us to persevere, to how we are all connective tissue in the optometry industry, we are starting a much larger conversation about advancing our communities through top-notch optometric care. Continue reading

The Trade Show: an Exchange of Ideas – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

Vision Expo West has come and gone and it’s hard to believe October is already here. Time is moving so quickly I can barely hold on to my hat – although that may have something to do with my lack of hair. Continue reading

It Takes A Village – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

With all of the natural disasters that have impacted the United States and its territories, the Caribbean, and Mexico in the past month, it’s hard to believe that we have an ounce of control in this world. On behalf of everyone at Eyefinity, we send our most sincere condolences to everyone who has experienced loss or been displaced. Know that we support you and that our hearts are filled with hope. Continue reading

What’s Your Calling? – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

When my youngest daughter Annie was four years old, we were vacationing in Hawaii enjoying the beach and the quiet pace of life. One night as we were getting ready to go out for dinner, I asked Annie, “Where are your shoes?”  She innocently recalled that the last time she’d seen them was three or four days earlier. Isn’t that what vacation is all about? That moment has been an anchor for me for many years – a reminder to live in the now. It applies in my work life as well. Maybe you have a similar story.  Continue reading

Connective Tissue – Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

My Vice President of Marketing quips that she sees herself as the connective tissue within the organization, citing that she needs to know a bit of everything to craft messages that fit like a glove. It’s a bit of crazy perspective, but when I think on it, she’s right. Continue reading