Starting Your Practice? An Eye Doctor’s “Game Changing” Tip

There are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself before planning to open a new practice. The most important one is ‘Why?’

Why would an optometrist want to take on such a difficult feat after years of schooling, residencies, and a myriad of other sacrifices? For Dr. Angelina Gavel-Rukha in New Britain, CT, it was about freedom and the ability to make changes, updates and improvements as needed without waiting for approval from others.

Dr. Rukha believes that with your own practice, you have control of your fate and are independently responsible for your success. Having your own practice allows you to experience new levels of pride in your services and products while also fulfilling your unique vision to serve both your patients and your staff. “There is also the freedom to have the exact work—life balance you want, allowing for more quality time with family and friends,” said Dr. Rukha, owner and founder of Rukha Eye Care.

After identifying the ‘why,’ it’s critical to learn ‘how.’

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Key VSP® Integrations That Will Boost Productivity in Your Optometric Practice

This past year, your practice had to overcome a lot and now you may find yourself wearing multiple hats in order to keep things up and running. With new and innovative technologies on the market, now is the time to consider how technology can play a bigger role in supporting your practice and streamlining critical day-to-day tasks.

Eyefinity® Practice Management is designed to help your practice reach your full potential by automating the manual work for you, so you can continue to provide uninterrupted care. With a cloud-based practice management system, you’ll be able to simplify billing, efficiently manage orders, easily connect with patients, and offer online appointment scheduling.

As the only optometric software in the eye care industry with a direct connection to VSP, practices using Eyefinity’s cloud-based software can leverage our exclusive VSP integrations to increase practice productivity.

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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.

How Cloud-Based Software Helped Make One Practice More Efficient

With eye care professionals (ECPs) working their way back to ‘normal’ while the COVID-19 pandemic continues and uncertainty remains for all businesses, one optometrist is glad he made the switch to a more efficient practice management tool when he did.

The Eyefinity Team recently caught up with Shane Fontenot, O.D. of Advanced Family Eyecare to hear about his transition from Officemate/ExamWRITER to Eyefinity Practice Management and Eyefinity EHR from VSP Global®. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

“I purchased Eyefinity Practice Management and Eyefinity EHR in May 2019 and went live with the cloud-based system about five months later in November 2019,” said Dr. Fontenot. “With all the craziness that began in 2020, I’m so glad I made the switch over to Eyefinity when I did. The change has allowed my team to increase our efficiency and see and treat patients safely and effectively throughout the pandemic.”

But how is this increased efficiency possible with a cloud-based system, and what exactly is the ‘cloud?’

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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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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 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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Embracing Change

Embracing Change

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Dr Masoud Nafey, OD

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Have you been considering moving to a cloud-based Electronic Health Record but it just feels too scary, too hard on your staff, too much change for this moment in time? As optometrists we can all agree changing anything we are used to  — or something that works because it has become an auto-pilot endeavor – is a difficult decision to make.  When I joined Eyefinity as VP of Professional Relations I had day-to-day interaction with the team who was developing and promoting the product, answering customer calls, and working with new clients as they learned our software.  I realized early on that as doctors, we learn best from each other; we want the truth and nothing but the truth; we’re ok with a little pain, but we want to know what to expect and then we’ll jump in feet first.

It doesn’t take an OD with 30 years of experience to know what might help you process the idea of embracing change. Of course, who better to share their journey than one of our most loyal Office Mate/ExamWRITER users who has decided to take a leap of faith. Enter April Jasper, OD, owner of Advanced Eyecare Specialists in West Palm Beach, Florida, a Vision Source practice. Dr. Jasper has been using OM/EW for years. Only recently has she decided to move to Eyefinity EHR.  She intends to write a weekly blog chronicling her experience.  We’d love to hear your comments as you walk the path with her.

Dr April Jasper, OD, FAAO

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April Jasper, OD, FAAO

With the start of a new year I am looking forward to deploying a new EHR. As a long-time OfficeMate user, I adopted, ExamWRITER in 2006. I worked diligently, as many of you have, to integrate my equipment and reduce as much paper in my practice as possible. When I was faced with Meaningful Use, ExamWRITER took me through that challenge easily. Now we are faced with MIPS.

As we look at the future of healthcare one thing I know we all can agree on is that change  will take place rapidly. It is imperative that we find ways to improve our processes in the office, speed up our data entry while eliminating errors and stay HIPAA compliant. And of course, keep costs to a minimum.

When I began looking for a solution to all these challenges in an EHR system, I looked at several options. I consistently came back to the company that I have built a solid relationship with over time and that is Eyefinity. I am impressed so far with EHR. Not just the software solution but also the process of getting started and onboarding with a team who sees my success as a requirement for their success.

As I move through this process of implementation I look forward to sharing with all of you my experiences and helping you to see what the process will look like as you start down this path to the future. Let’s work together to make it easy. After all we are all in this together!

Read Dr. Jasper’s next post here

Make 2017 the year you flourish! #DoctorKnowsBest

Last month, my #DoctorKnowsBest webinar series continued with a presentation from Michelle Cooper, OD on the 5 things your EHR should do for you. Thank you, Dr. Cooper!

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If you couldn’t make it, check out the recording here.

#DoctorKnowsBest continues on December 13 with a presentation from Eric M. White, OD on what you can start doing now to drive new patients to your practice and keep current patients happy.

Title: How To Grow Your Practice
Date: December 13
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT

You can register for his webinar here: http://ow.ly/cdRT306SsFT

I’ve been using social media to share highlights from these webinars that many of you have liked, commented on, and shared. Thank you for participating in the conversation on social media! You can find these highlights by searching for the hashtag “#DoctorKnowsBest” on Facebook and Twitter.

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If you have any questions or comments or are a doctor interested in presenting in the series, please email marketing@eyefinity.com. I’d also love to hear your suggestions for topics we can cover in upcoming presentations. Thank you for joining us for #DoctorKnowsBest!