Forward Together

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by Steve BakerSteve Baker
President, Eyefinity

In the optometric industry, one does not have to look far to realize that eye care professionals have many traits in common. Three that come to mind are “Passion,” “Commitment,” and “Grit.”

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Great to the Last Moment

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

One of the last things you will do as you prepare to go live with Eyefinity EHR is a final “checkout” with your Implementation Specialist. What I loved about the checkout is that it inspired me to hammer out those last 20 charts. It was wonderful to see how much faster I was at completing a chart in Eyefinity EHR than in ExamWRITER (and I am pretty good with ExamWRITER if I might say so myself!).

In my opinion, what makes Eyefinity EHR faster is that it “remembers me.” With its intuitive programming, the most common diagnoses I see in my area are at my fingertips as well as my most common treatments and return visits. It is like having a chair-side assistant that learns your every move and anticipates the next one for you.  I still make all of the final decisions, of course. However, the options I want most are designed to be easy to find.

In addition to the doctors, all the technicians do a final checkout as well. As we all went through our checkout, it was low-stress and a positive teaching experience to have the specialist there with us. The checkout is one more teaching moment that brings it all together and inspires your practice to get going.

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What To Do When Life Happens

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

What do you do when life happens?

Everyone was on schedule in our office with training and our date of final certification and installation was set. The plan was to go live after returning from our first ever big vacation with the kids. The third day of our trip, I was walking along on the cobblestone streets of Paris pointing out where van Gogh and Picasso lived when the next thing I knew, I was on the ground and my ankle was swelling quickly. To make a long story short, I couldn’t walk and had no idea if my ankle was broken or sprained until I returned home several days later. Running through my mind, of course, was the question of how this was going to impact my life not only at the moment but also when I returned to the office.

With any other change in my office, I would have been in a panic. However, with going from ExamWRITER to Eyefinity EHR, I knew I didn’t have to worry. I called the office and moved our “Go Live” date back a little bit in case I would have to be out of the office when I returned or unable to work at full speed. It is important to be prepared and plan ahead. However, when life gets in the way, it is also important to regroup, set a new date, and move on. It has been a blessing to work with Eyefinity because their onboarding system and their team are so helpful and flexible when life happens.

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Easy Like Paper

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

Do you remember the days of paper charts where we had a form which had all the normal findings on it? If a patient had all normal findings, we just circled all of them and saved ourselves boatloads of time! I think these forms are the primary reason doctors complain that EHR systems slow them down. What my team loves about Eyefinity EHR is that when all the findings are normal, we can select one button that marks the entire exam as normal and it auto populates. It feels a lot like the old days with paper. An EHR should make us more efficient, not less so; look for these features and follow this blog to read about them as I learn them with you.

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Doctor Knows Best

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

One of the areas I have found refreshing as far as time savings and efficiency in my workflow goes, is the adaptive learning feature of Eyefinity EHR. The program “learns” the choices I make most frequently in my exam and offers them up on a list for me to select from, keeping me from having to scroll ad nauseam. The more I use the program, the more efficient it makes me. This is refreshing. Keep up the good work, Eyefinity! You’re making me a better doctor by giving me more time to spend with patients and reducing the time I spend staring at a computer.

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Leave the Busy Work to the Machines

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by April Jasper, ODDr_Jasper_short

I can remember the amount of time it took me at the beginning of the process with my previous EHR to input all of the possible contact lens options. I cannot imagine doing that again. It was hours on end of my time and then hours of time on the part of my staff each time a new product was released. One of my favorite features of Eyefinity EHR is that it pulls all the contact lens options from ABB’s database and requires none of my time doing data entry. The product catalogue is updated as soon as a product is released. This allows me to make certain I never pick a contact lens that isn’t available, saves all of our team’s time, and creates greater efficiency in our practice. While I am sure I will find something I don’t like as much about the new EHR, these features are already making it more than worth my investment of time and money.

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Enjoyable EHR?

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by April Jasper, OD Dr_Jasper_short

One of the most impressive pieces of the on-boarding process with Eyefinity EHR is the level of interactive engagement. It is easier to learn when you are able to watch an expert demonstrate the software, test the concepts you learned together, then immediately try them on your own. I have observed all the members of my team as they have gone through the learning process and have been very impressed with how quickly they were able to learn. It is easier to adapt when you actually try it. My staff has found learning Eyefinity EHR enjoyable and a nice distraction from the daily routine. We have set goals for each member of the team, making certain we provide them with the time to accomplish their goals and recap progress together on a weekly basis. There has been no complaining throughout the process because we are all in this together and it is important to all of the team to be successful.

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