Featured Speakers at Eyefinity’s 2012 Virtual Users’ Group Meeting

Have you registered for this year’s Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM)? Check out some of our featured speakers below, or browse the course descriptions and register for the free educational event here! The VUGM will cover such diverse topics as meaningful use, practice growth, change management, monitoring your practice’s online reputation, inventory management,  tips for documenting an exam and more!

Featured speakers include:

James Kirchner, O.D. will be presenting: ‘Getting the “Gold” in Meaningful Use’ 

James Kirchner, O.D.

Dr. Kirchner currently serves as Chief Professional Officer of Eyefinity and is widely acknowledged in the industry as a pioneer in practice management and electronic medical records development.In his role, Dr. Kirchner directs all industry and professional strategies, and chairs the Eyefinity advisory panel in the design and architecture of current and future software business solutions. Additionally, Dr. Kirchner is working to establish a formal speakers bureau and assume a leading role in the company’s health information technology strategy, overseeing the final phases of product certification efforts. Dr. Kirchner is the founder of EyeCare Specialties, a multidoctor, multioffice optometric practice in Lincoln and Beatrice, Nebraska where he is the senior partner and chief strategic officer.
As a practice owner and optometrist for 33 years, Dr. Kirchner provides a unique perspective in his role, as he oversees the next-generation development of OfficeMate and ExamWRITER software, and Web-based eyecare business solutions. An experienced consultant, author, and lecturer, Jim is an industry thought leader. Dr. Kirchner enjoys golf, and loves riding his Harley. He also has 2 grown children and 1 granddaughter.

F. Mason Smith, O.D.

F. Mason Smith, O.D., MBA will be presenting: ‘Sailing Through ExamWRITER Using Templates’

Dr. Mason Smith has been in private practice for over 30 years, and was chairman of the Board for Vision Service Plan from 1998-2000. He received his MBA from The Citadel, and his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry.

Robert L. Bass, O.D. will be presenting: ‘Jumping the Hurdles:  How-to Advice’

Robert Bass, O.D.

Dr. Bass is a proud 1978 alumnus from the Collegeof Williamand Mary, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He graduated with honors from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennesseein 1982. At Southern, he was accepted into Beta Sigma Kappa, the International Optometric Honor Society and achieved membership in Sigma Alpha Sigma, the college’s Optometric Honor Society. In 1986, Dr. Bass became a Fellow in the AmericanAcademyof Optometry.

Dr. Bass has practiced optometry in the same location in Manassas, Virginia since graduation. He is a member and former president of the Battlefield Optometric Society ,president–elect of the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Optometric Association and served 10 years on the board of directors for Vision Service Plan, the largest vision insurance company in the United States. In addition, he is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Southern Council of Optometrists, and the Virginia Academy of Optometry.

An accomplished professional, Dr. Bass is also an avid fisherman and a dedicated family man. He lives in the city of Manassas with his wife and two daughters. He is active in several community organizations and is a member and former president of the Manassas Host Lions Club.

Ryan Wineinger, O.D.

Ryan Wineinger, O.D. will be presenting: ‘Building the Platform: Templates’

Dr. Wineinger received his undergraduate degree from Kansas University. He then graduated from The Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. After graduation he went into practice with his father at Wineinger Eyecare. Dr. Wineinger thoroughly enjoys the technological side of optometry and in the past five years has made concentrated efforts to bring in the latest equipment to ensure that his patients are receiving the highest level of comprehensive care possible in regards to their eyesight. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Greater Kansas City Optometric Society.

Dr. Jeffrey Willig will present: ‘Rowing Through Exam Documentation’

Jeffrey Willig, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Willig is a Phi Beta Kappa, Suma Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and an AOA graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He completed an Internship in Medicine at New York University Hospital, a residency in Ophthalmology at Lenox Hill Hospital and a fellowship in Ocular Immunology and Uveitis at EmoryUniversity.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

He had been in private practice in suburban New York for 25 years and was the Director of the Uveitis Service of the North Shore University Health System and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Hofstra University School of Medicine.  He recently moved to Naples Florida where he joined a large group practice.  He has authored articles and book chapters in the field of Uveitis and was active in teaching Ophthalmology Residents.

An advocate of technology in the practice of Ophthalmology, Dr. Willig has been an Officemate user for 15 years and has used ExamWriter EHR for the past 3 years.  He currently serves on the Professional Industry Council for Eyefinity.

Mary Anne C. Murphy, O.D. , will present ‘Carrying the Torch with Equipment Interfaces’

Mary Anne C. Murphy, O.D.

Dr. Murphy believes in providing the highest level of personalized care to her patients and carries this philosophy into every patient encounter. She lives her dream in a private group practice in Broomfield, Colorado. After starting cold 6 years ago, she has grown her practice to three doctors and 11 staff attributing her success to efficiencies in technology and excellent staff. A self proclaimed “gadget-junkie” Dr Murphy is quick to adapt new technology while continuing to search for ways to exceed her patient’s expectation.  Dr. Murphy serves on the advisory board for many industry partners and serves as the US Chair for Optometry Giving Sight. She spends her free time with her husband and two children exploring the Colorado mountains.

Get Ready for the Eyefinity Games

On your mark. Get set. Go! The Eyefinity Games are coming!

Virtual Users' Group MeetingOur fourth annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM) is just around the corner. The theme this year is “Eyefinity Games” in celebration of the summer’s competitive sports. The VUGM features a variety of courses—many of which are not the typical training that you might find on eyefinity.com or officemate.net. The VUGM will cover such diverse topics as meaningful use, practice growth, change management, monitoring your practice’s online reputation, inventory management, and tips for documenting an exam. But that’s just the first lap—check out the course descriptions and meeting itinerary.

Perhaps the biggest drag of any sporting event is crawling in traffic and traveling to get there. With the VUGM, you won’t have to worry about fighting for parking—the conference is completely online. You can participate in courses from the comfort of your home or office.

One last detail: the VUGM is free. That’s right, free! Eyefinity customers can participate in as many training courses as they want—all at no cost. In fact, different staff within your practice can take different courses.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to participate in a week of dynamic online training, all at no cost for Eyefinity customers.

When: July 23–27
Where: Online
Cost: Free to Eyefinity customers!
Details: http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx
Registration: http://www.officemate.net/ugm_reg.aspx

We hope you’re able to participate . . . and bring your “A” game!

Last chance to register for our Virtual Users’ Group Meeting

Last call is fast approaching for practices looking to register for Eyefinity’s 2011 Virtual Users’ Group Meeting. With more than 30 courses to choose from, this year’s blockbuster event, July 25 – 29, 2011, is complimentary for your entire practice with your paid OfficeMate Annual Software Maintenance Agreement.

Check out “previews” of scheduled courses, like these:

  • The Secret of My Success: Making Use of the Marketing Tools in OfficeMate
  • Nightmare onBilling Street: Fixing Financial Fiascos
  • The Usual Suspects: The Top Ten OfficeMate Setup Errors
  • Men in Black: Using OfficeMate Reports to Stay Out of the Red
  • Titanic: Is Your Profit Margin Sinking?

And just added, Multiplicity I: The Magic of Selling Multiple Pairs and Multiplicity II: Providing Superior Products, presented by Essilor.

Plus, get a sneak peek of the certified 10.5 version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER.

Register today, or call 800.942.5353, option 2.

*Registration is open to existing OfficeMate and ExamWRITER customers.

Don’t miss Eyefinity’s Virtual Users’ Group Meeting: July 25-29

Don’t miss Eyefinity’s third-annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (VUGM), which takes place July 25-29. The online educational event is free for OfficeMate/ExamWRITER users, who can take part in over thirty robust training courses all from the comfort of their own office. The VUGM helps you eliminate the need to book a costly trip and close down your practice  to attend a conference.

Whether you’re an OfficeMate/ExamWRITER veteran, or just getting started with our products and solutions, the VUGM has something for everyone. The VUGM will feature an overview and sneak-peak of the certified version of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER (v10.5), which is set for release this summer, and courses that will help eyecare professionals better understand meaningful use (MU) along with the steps they must take to successfully demonstrate MU to qualify for federal stimulus dollars.

Other VUGM courses will provide in-depth education on topics such as e-prescribing, creating a paperless office, inventory management, patient history documentation, OfficeMate scheduler best practices and marketing tools, the technology integrated practice and much more. Additionally, Eyefinity PresidentSteve Baker will present a look at Eyefinity’s past, present and where the company’s products and services are heading in the future.

Attendees will also receive unlimited access to the recorded courses for 6 months following the 2011 VUGM. To register, visit http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx.

Questions? Call 1-800-942-5353 and select option 2.

Virtual Users’ Group Meeting: Don’t Wait, Sign Up Now!

We have been getting a lot of practices registering for our annual Virtual Users’ Group Meeting (vUGM), which is just a couple of weeks away. The vUGM runs from July 26–30 and boasts 37 different course topics, making this a venue that has something for everyone in the office.

Our first two user group meetings were held in person in Newport Beach, California. Both meetings were wildly successful, and the attendance exceeded all expectations.

Meeting in person was great, but we know that, in this economy, practices are looking for cost-effective ways to train their staff. Since there is no travel involved to attend a virtual users’ group meeting, it’s no surprise that many practices are jumping on this economically sound opportunity to refresh their knowledge and learn a new trick or two. Not only are practices saving on airfare, but they don’t need to register each person; the whole practice can attend on one low ticket price of $150.

Additionally, there is no limit to the number of classes a person or practice can take, and attendees can view recordings of each session starting a few weeks after the vUGM to catch the sessions they missed. Last year, many offices paid the ticket price just to get access to the recordings, which had over 5,000 viewings.

Because there are no travel arrangements to be made, we expected many practices to wait until the last minute to register, but so many practices have registered early that this vUGM looks to be most successful yet.

The deadline to register is July 19, but don’t wait. Sign up now if you haven’t already. Details and registration information can be found at http://www.officemate.net/usersgroup.aspx.

“See” you there!