Big Changes Are Coming to OfficeMate and ExamWRITER

Are you curious about what Eyefinity/OfficeMate has in store for spring 2010? Headed out to Vision Expo East? Swing by our booth (#2336) and get a sneak peek at OfficeMate/ExamWRITER version 9.0 (v9.0) before anyone else does! The new v9.0 delivers cutting-edge technology to amplify the performance and profitability of your practice.

With 175 enhancements, v9.0 offers significant new and advanced features. In addition, v9.0 is built on an SQL database platform that provides greater improvement in speed, flexibility, and stability over the previous platform. v9.0 offers many features to help simplify accounting practices, increase accuracy, and save time calculating charges for insurance and allocating reimbursements.

Plus, v9.0 is a catalyst toward our certified version that positions you to receive federal stimulus money available through the HITECH Act, which encourages adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) like ExamWRITER.

As we update the technologies that power OfficeMate/ExamWRITER, you’ll need to evaluate the computer equipment used throughout your practice to meet new hardware and system requirements.

To view the requirements, including hardware, software, peripheral, and network requirements, visit the hardware and system requirements page on our web site.

As we move closer toward the release of OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v9.0 later this spring, be on the lookout for additional communication from us. You can find the latest news here on our blog, the officemate.net and eyefinity.com web sites, and our Twitter feed. All of these avenues of communication will all be abuzz with news and information about v9.0. Also, check your email inbox for the latest information.

Review of Optometric Business Highlights EMR Adoption

Kim Castleberry, O.D., is featured in this piece (below) from the Review of Optometric Business on implementing electronic medical records and the benefits that EMRs can provide.

Dr. Castleberry, who uses ExamWRITER EMRs, is also one of the expert panelists featured in Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s free online panel discussion: “Stimulus Money: What Do I Need To Know?” taking place this Friday, Feb. 5, and Monday, Feb. 8. Click here to find out more and to register.

Kim Castleberry, O.D.

Read the first half of the story from  the Review of Optometric Business below. Click the link at the bottom to read the rest.

The Pace of Change is Accelerating – for Electronic Health Records and All the Rest

When it comes to practice management software and electronic medical records, change really is the only constant, says Kim Castleberry, OD, who runs a $2 million a year practice, Plano Eye Associates, in Plano, Texas (www.planoeye.com).

Back in 1991, Dr. Castleberry began using OfficeMate practice management and its ExamWRITER package for handling electronic medical records. He was among the first ODs to do so. “I wanted to reduce my overhead and have easier chart access,” he says. And that’s what happened.

Read the rest of the story here.

Still unclear about the HITECH Act and qualifying for stimulus money? Join our free, online panel discussion and get answers!

Are you still unclear about how to qualify for stimulus money available through the HITECH Act?  Find the answers to your questions by joining our free, online panel discussion titled: “Stimulus Money: What Do I Need to Know?”

The free panel discussion is open to anyone via WebEx on either February 5, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST or February 8, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (PST).  Click here to register.

Our panel discussion will help break down what the HITECH Act  means for you and your practice. Topics include:

  • HITECH Act overview
  • Financial incentives for providers
  • Meaningful use
  • E-prescribing
  • The urgency to act now
  • Q and A session

The panel discussion will feature Jim Tate, president of EMR Advocate LLC., which provides consulting services to EMR vendors, developers and others in the health information technology industry. Tate has supported more than thirty ambulatory and inpatient EMR vendors in their CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology) certification projects, and currently serves as a consultant to Eyefinity/OfficeMate.

Also featured on the panel are: Lorie Lippiatt, O.D., of the Salem Eyecare Center in Salem Ohio, Kim Castleberry, O.D., of Plano Eye Associates in Plano, Texas, and Ryan Wineinger, O.D., of Wineinger Vision Associates in Shawnee, Kansas.