Patient Portals: How to Train Your Patients to Use Them

Robert BassAn EHR patient portal offers patients a secure way to view records, schedule appointments, and interact with your office. Along with elevating patient care, EHR patient portals enables you meet meaningful use requirements.

Check out how Robert Bass, OD, increased patient portal usage with his patients. Read the entire article: Patient Portals: How to Train Your Patients to Use Them

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Cloud-based EHR helps doctor improve efficiency and documentation

Mary Anne Murphy, ODMary Anne Murphy, OD, has been a beta tester for Eyefinity® EHR since September. She enjoys being a part of the large group of ODs who are providing feedback as Eyefinity expands its offerings to include the cloud-based Eyefinity EHR. “Having doctors involved in the software development as beta users is going to make this so much better for optometry,” she says.

That’s particularly useful as she’s looking ahead to 2014, where greater efficiency is part of her on-going resolutions for her practice. “This is one area that can help me differentiate my practice and build efficiency,” she says.

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EHR is Mobile: Access EHR on Tablets

By Kathleen M. Andersen, ODKathleen Andersen

Electronic health records in the cloud can be easily accessed on mobile devices like tablets, enabling your staff greater efficiency and better service to patients.

EQUIP staff with mobile devices like iPads.
INTEGRATE use of EHR on device into patient flow.
FINE-TUNE observing what works best and how to best guard patient privacy.

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Doctor Anticipates the Convenience of Cloud-based EHR

Dr. SchmidtAmanda Schmidt, OD, of Fresno, Calif., had been an ExamWRITER® user for two years before volunteering to test the conversion to a new cloud-based system called Eyefinity® EHR. She’s expecting it will bring some convenient changes for her. Notably, she won’t have to worry about hardware purchases and maintenance. She’ll be able to access patient records easily from home. “In terms of support, since it’s cloud-based, Eyefinity will be managing it, and that will make it much easier for me.”

For example, even though Eyefinity’s IT support people would manage the updates, those events needed to be scheduled and a support person had to come into the office. Now those updates will be done remotely. For major changes like the conversion to ICD-10 codes, for example, that will be much more convenient. As often as codes change, that simplicity becomes even more important.

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Utilize EHR to Enhance Doctor-Patient Interactions

By Palmer N. Lee, ODDr. Palmer Lee

Electronic records can improve interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room resulting in more meaningful discussions of eye health and lifestyle needs.

When facing your patient in the exam room, it can be easy to overlook important eye health and lifestyle issues to discuss. It helps if you have a record at your fingertips prompting to you to talk about these things with each patient. That’s what electronic records does in the exam room for me–provides an easy-to-access file of data on patients including past eye health, vision complaints, diagnoses and past purchases that I can use to start in-depth conversations. Here is how my practice uses our electronic records, ExamWRITER, with our practice management system, OfficeMate, to facilitate enhanced interaction between doctor and patient in the exam room.

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Eyefinity EHR: Exactly what the Doctor Ordered

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Ease Your Transition to EHR with Comprehensive Training

By Robert L. Bass, OD, FAAO

In moving to EHR, good training and a well-paced adaptation period can ease the transition. Free training is available from your vendor–and supplemental training may be worth the added expense.

Robert BassTransitioning to electronic health records is not a simple intuitive process. Even the most user-friendly systems require training and practice. If you neglect to adequately prepare yourself and your staff for the transition to EHR, you won’t be able to use the system to its full potential. There will be functions the system has that you won’t know how to tap into, and you probably will make mistakes when inputting patient data. These mistakes could lead to the system not being able to provide you with the information you need to provide superior care, meaning you may not be able to easily access the patient’s medical history and past product preferences, among other data. Here is how my practice trained and practiced for the implementation of Eyefinity Practice Management, OfficeMate Edition and Eyefinity EHR, ExamWRITER Edition.

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