Eyefinity Announces Strategic Technology Partnership with Modernizing Medicine, Inc.

Eyefinity EHR logoEyefinity and Modernizing Medicine, Inc. (MMI) have announced a new technology partnership that will integrate Eyefinity’s award-winning practice management portfolio with MMI’s Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA), a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution, resulting in a fully-integrated offering for the optometry industry. This partnership will provide optometry practitioners and physicians with the next generation of cloud-based technologies that will enable their practices to meet the demands of an evolving industry, with an adaptive learning engine and intuitive user interface built by medical industry experts and optometrists for maximum workflow efficiency.

Eyefinity EHR, launching in late 2013, brings together the collective strength of Eyefinity—the long-time industry leader for practice management and EHR solutions, as well as the number one software provider for federal stimulus payments for demonstrating meaningful use—and MMI, a proven leader in EHR technology for more than 1,000 physician practices across the country in specialty markets including dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, and cosmetic surgery. MMI was listed at No. 47 on Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies for this year.

“Eyefinity is bringing the newest EHR technology to eyecare professionals and physicians, built specifically with the optometry practice in mind,” said Steve Baker, president of Eyefinity. “Our exclusive partnership with MMI enables us to bring a medical-based EHR system to the optometry sector and integrate it with the robust Eyefinity Practice Management solution, with the intent of giving doctors the ability to deliver an unparalleled patient experience and increase practice revenue.”

Eyefinity EHR features include:

  • Native iPad technology. Provides fast, easy workflow in the palm of your hand.
  • Cloud-based documenting. Charts available at multiple practice locations eliminating costly hardware; built-in data backup included.
  • Adaptability to diagnosis style. Adaptive learning eliminates the need for complicated templates.
  • Patient portal. Patients can easily input medical history and demographic from either home or a tablet and information can be updated by the patient in future visits.

“We are excited to partner with a leading company like Eyefinity in taking EHR technology to the next level,” said Daniel Cane, President and CEO of MMI. “Eyefinity EHR, powered by EMA, is built to maximize a practice’s efficiency in providing patients with quality care, and is exclusively available from Eyefinity for the optometry market.”

For the latest information on Eyefinity EHR, including videos about this new product offering coming later this year, visit www.eyefinity.com/thelist. Interested in this new technology? Register to get on our exclusive list to be the first to learn more.

Wouldn’t It Be Great if “What if” Could Be “You Can?” Well, It’s about to Happen!

What if technology could make your practice more efficient? What if more time could make you more money? What if technology could make you truly mobile? What if technology could learn how you like to diagnose? What if technology could help you create a better patient experience?

Wouldn’t it be great if “what if” could be “YOU CAN?” Well it’s about to happen.

Coming this summer, Eyefinity will introduce a cutting-edge EHR system that works the way YOU practice medicine. Coupled with the robust OfficeMate Practice Management system, no other system compares for increased revenue and enhanced patient care.

Don’t get left behind—check out this video, then register to get on an exclusive waiting list.

Health 2.0: The Increasing Velocity of Healthcare Technology

Steve Baker, President of Eyefinity

I had the pleasure of attending a thrilling, three-day conference in San Francisco organized by the Health 2.0 community. Health 2.0 is a clever play on words, signaling the combination of Web 2.0 technologies and the latest advances in healthcare and wellness. The Health 2.0 movement is at the directional forefront of health care, and is often viewed as the bellwether for things to come. The conference was widely attended with over 7,000 attendees from all over the world. Participants from North America, Europe, South America, and even Australia attended the lectures and packed the exhibit hall and panel discussions.

The healthcare space is moving at a startling and increasing velocity, seeking to efficiently solve such critical problems as consumer engagement and communication, predictive modeling, and early diagnosis and prevention. Health 2.0 tracks about 2,100 companies across 20 categories. So, what are the fastest moving categories? The fasted are patient/provider connectivity and clinician-workflow tools. An honorable mention goes to personal-sensor monitoring, which is swarming with small startups clamoring to bring creative approaches that link together your personal health condition through your smart phone directly to your primary care physician. Cool stuff!

As I consider optometry, I can’t help but think about how far we have yet to go as an industry. Primary care is moving at a furious clip. It’s important to monitor key trends, but equally (if not more so), it’s critical that the optometric community begin to embrace the new world of consumer engagement in healthcare. Eyefinity is positioned well for this new world, with solutions like eWebExtra and our practice management platforms. The next few years will be very interesting as healthcare delivery models evolve, and the growing impact of true consumer engagement begins to make its formidable imprint on how these delivery systems provide health and wellness at a competitive cost. Stay tuned!

Do you have questions or comments? Call or write. I’d love to hear from you!
—Steve

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Eyefinity Kicks Off Vision Expo West with a Preconference Event

Eyefinity got a jumpstart on Vision Expo West by offering an informative training session to a capacity crowd. The theme of FOCUS 2012 was “Embracing the “i” Craze.”

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Attendees were still filing in when FOCUS 2012 opened.

The objective of the event was to highlight many of the technological advances that are going to change the healthcare industry in general and the eyecare industry in particular. For example, eyecare practices are demanding more of their practice management and EHR software, moving from client-based to web and mobile-based solutions, and requiring more interoperability to share information with other practitioners.

So, too, are patients demanding more of their healthcare providers, seeking mobile solutions, and requiring more accessible healthcare data. Furthermore, cheap, direct-to-consumer options are enabling patients to buy their eyewear and contact lenses online.

In addition to market forces, the government is pushing patents to be more accountable for their own health, to take better care of themselves, and invest in preventative medicine. The confluence of these pressures is requiring us to reimagine healthcare and remove the silos between providers and disciplines. Technology can help us do that.

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Dr. Daniel Kraft outlined some of the implications mobile technology has on eyecare practices and the medical industry.

Dr. Daniel Kraft, the keynote speaker, explained that we can only make these things happen by embracing technology. The proliferation and ubiquity of mobile devices and the unique and specialized apps that are developed for them will be a benefit to healthcare. Soon we will see healthcare providers prescribing apps in addition to, or in place of, medications. Apps like a mobile EKG can monitor heartrate, a pedometer can record the number of steps taken in a day and measure exercise, and mobile diagnostic equipment that plugs into the mobile device can measure all manner of diagnostic medical information. All of which can send data back to the healthcare professional for review.

This sounds like fanciful stuff, but the technology is available today. As you can imagine this flood of data will be overwhelming, so it will be increasingly important to be able to sort and visualize changes in measurements over time. Dashboards that can sift through and display data visually will become more important as more data pours in.

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The FOCUS 2012 panel discussed technologies that practices could leverage today.

Not everything at FOCUS 2012 was reminiscent of an H. G. Wells novel. The next segment was a lively panel discussion about using technology in the eyecare practice. The panel consisted of Warren Meyers, Nikki Iravani, OD, and Ryan Wineinger, OD. The panel covered many topics, but the questions focused on leveraging social media. Some titbits of advice on social media included the following:

  • Focus on a few, select social media outlets. Don’t try to hit them all.
  • Solicit your patients for reviews on Yelp and Google Places.
  • Don’t delete unfavorable reviews. Potential patients are looking for authentic information about your practice and will turn away if they sense that the reviews all came from your friends and family.
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Attendees were also given hand-on demonstrations of mobile apps that are available to patients and practices today.

Finally, attendees were given an opportunity to test EyeXam and otto, two new mobile technologies that you and your patients can use today.

If you know someone who attended the event, ask them about it. We hope to see you at FOCUS 2013. In the meantime, swing by the Eyefinity booth at VEW.

Bionic Eye Technology Helping The Blind

Hat tip to our friends at the VSP blog who shared this amazing story of a blind woman benefitting from bionic eye technology.

Click on the picture to watch the CNN story and read more.

You can also read more about this amazing technology here on our blog.

Windows 7 Overview

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Michael O. is Sr. Technical Writer for Eyefinity/OfficeMate

As you may have heard from the barrage of news stories and primetime advertising, Microsoft recently released Windows 7. The release of Windows 7 seems to have quickly followed Windows Vista, which was released less than three years ago, and, arguably, for good reason. Windows Vista was neither well received by home users nor by companies. It’s estimated that only one out of three corporate computers runs Windows Vista, while most of the rest are still running Windows XP.

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If you are planning to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you may be disappointed by the short list of new features. Instead of bloating Windows 7 with a bunch of new features, Microsoft focused on streamlining code, creating a more stable operating system, and simplifying the maze of security options.

If you are planning to upgrade from Windows XP, you’ll be surprised by how much has changed. The first thing you’ll notice is all the eye candy. Microsoft overhauled the user interface in Vista, and, with some slight improvements, now appears in Windows 7.

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