Should You Go Mobile with Your Optometry EHR?

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Aug 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Mobility. Everything today has gone mobile. From banking to taxes, and now even healthcare and patient medical records. It's become more and more prevalent to see ODs and other healthcare providers using laptops, tablets, and smartphones in the exam room. Mobile technology allows you to stay connected with your information from anywhere. And while there is a lot of buzz around the trend of mobile healthcare, there are also a lot of questions. So we're going to talk about what other healthcare providers are doing when it comes to mobility and questions you might have when it comes to HIPAA and the security of your data.

To give you a little more definition of what we mean by going mobile with your optometry EHR, we mean using an EHR software that is cloud-based and allows you to access your system and data from any device, in any location, with an Internet connection.

Mobile Technology and Your Optometry EHR

Optometry EHRWhat are healthcare providers doing when it comes to cloud-based EHR?

While is may seem like everyone is pushing the trend in mobile, let's take a look at a few numbers. In a 2014 report by Epocrates, 84% of healthcare providers surveyed have adopted an EHR, and 32% reported that their EHR is optimized for mobile. On top of that, some of the top functions that healthcare providers are performing on mobile devices include accessing their EHR, taking notes, E-Prescribing, search, communication with colleagues, and accessing medical resources.

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Topics: Cloud Computing in Optical, Cloud-Based EHR, Practice Management for Optometrists

3 Ways Optometry Software is a Source of Health Info for Your Patients

Posted by Sharon Chin on Aug 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Do you know where most of your patients are searching for information about their health these days? If you guessed Google, you’re right. While an Internet search might generate thousands of results, health care professionals know the credibility of health information found online varies greatly. You want patients to be educated, not overwhelmed. And you want the information to be accurate and helpful, not misleading or even harmful. Today’s guest blogger, Brad Sopher of patient education software company Eyemaginations, will show you how your optometry software can help you be a source of reliable health information for your patients, and why it’s important to be part of your patients’ health research.

Health-related research is one of the top three online activities in the world, according to the Content Marketing Institute. In the U.S. alone, more than 100 million people per year visit health-related sites such as WebMD, Familydoctor.org, Healthfinder.gov, and CNN Health, among thousands of others.

EHR_Software_Search_Health_InfoA recent survey by Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Internet users looked online for health information within the past year. But eight out of ten of those online health seekers began at a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo, versus just 13 percent who started their search at a site that specializes in health.

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Topics: Optometry Software, Education

EHR Software: The Importance of Training and Staff Development

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Aug 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Employee satisfaction is a high priority if you want to decrease staff turnover and keep your best employees sticking around. Making sure that your employees are trained well with your practice management and EHR software, and are confident in what they do is going to help keep that satisfaction up. On top of that, being supportive of your employees desire to continue their education and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in eyecare is going to keep them happy, all while making them more valuable to your office. But finding the time and money for training and development can be tricky. So we've got a few different scenarios of how to make it work for you!

EHR Software: What's Your Situation? How to Make Training and Development Work If...

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If you've recently purchased new software for your office, there is going to be a training period in order to get your entire staff up to speed. It's not ideal to have to shut down your office in order to get the training done, so look for a software that eases you into the transition. And look for solutions that offer training at your own pace so that you and your staff aren't bogged down trying to get it all done at once.

Perhaps during the training period you bring lunch into the office for your staff so that everyone can meet, ask questions, and get on the same page. Some systems offer live Q&A training sessions, online videos, quizzes, and more. A software that comes with built in training quizzes is a great way to make sure that all of your staff is participating in the training process. Plus, as an incentive, you can offer rewards to staff members for high training scores on their quizzes.

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Topics: EHR Software, EHR Implementation, Training

What to Expect When You Go-Live with Your EHR Software

Posted by Sharon Chin on Aug 13, 2014 10:30:00 AM

You completed training, your staff is prepared, and you’re finally ready to go-live with your EHR software! Going-live can be a scary time when you’re dealing with actual patient data so it’s very important that your practice goes live with the new system only when you’re ready. Check out some advice we have for you to prepare you for go-live.

4 Ways to Ensure a Smooth EHR Software Implementation

Take it Slow

Completely changing up what you are used to doing can be overwhelming, especially if you are moving away from paper records. To make the transition easier, you don’t have to start with electronic records right at go-live. Here are some suggestions on how to take things slow:

  • Chart only new patients electronically while the patient is in the office. The established patients can be entered at the end of the day, then slowly increase volume of electronically charted patients.
  • Chart only particular kinds of exams electronically with the patient present, i.e. only comprehensive exams, or only CL Fittings, then increase to include more exam types.
  • Chart one patient per day electronically with the patient present, and increase as you go.

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Topics: EHR Software, EHR Implementation, Change Management

The First Step You Need to Take When Shopping for Optometric Software

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Aug 11, 2014 10:01:00 AM

When making any big purchase decision it's important to know exactly what you're looking for. For example, if you're about to buy a new car you probably have a list of criteria of the things you want and don't want when sorting through all of your options. The same goes for buying new optometric software for your eyecare practice.

Making the change to a new practice management and EHR software is a big step, so make sure that you're taking the right steps towards finding the best software for you and your staff. Don't just dive straight in. Take some time to really think about how a software is going to make your day-to-day routine more efficient. We suggest building out a practice profile of your office, and from there you can create a requirements description of all the features you're looking for in a new optometric software.

How a Practice Profile will Help You Pick the Right Optometric Software

optometric softwareYou'll Learn What Your Staff Needs

There's a lot to consider when it comes to the staff in your office. And your staff should have some input when it comes to the new software they will be using on a daily basis. You want them to be comfortable with whatever you choose so that they can keep up with your patients. How many employees do you have? Is there a high turnover? Are they comfortable with using new technology, or are they stuck in the old way of doing things?

These might seem like silly questions, but the answers could really affect what software might be your best option. When it comes to technology, there is something for everyone, and it will make your life easier in the long run if you take the time to consider your staff's needs.

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Topics: EHR Software, Optometric Practice Management, Practice Management for Optometrists

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