All the Details on Performing a Risk Analysis of Your EHR Software

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Oct 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

EHR software risk analysisPerforming a security risk analysis in your practice is a core objective requirement of Meaningful Use. Even if you're using an EHR software in your practice, but not participating in Meaningful Use, it's required and important to keep your patients' information safe. So, conducting a risk analysis is in your best interest. Risk analysis requires you to look at the way your practice operates and protects patient health information.

The security risk assessment is a requirement of both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. In Stage 1, eligible professionals must conduct or review a security risk analysis and implement security updates as necessary and correct any deficiencies as part of the risk management process. In Stage 2, eligible professionals need to meet the same requirements as in Stage 1, but must also address the encryption security of data at rest.

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Topics: Tips for ECPs, EHR Software, Meaningful Use

3 Considerations to Make Before Buying Optical Software

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Oct 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

When looking to purchase optical software for your eyecare practice it's important to consider how that software will interact with other software that you use in your practice. Will you have to integrate multiple systems? Do they work hand in hand? Will using multiple systems improve your workflow? Purchasing software can be expensive, so it's important to know that the software you use is going to help you see more patients, analyze your business, and increase your profits.

Our friends at Frames Data have put together a list of considerations you should be thinking about before you purchase new software. We'll talk about 3 of the considerations in this post, and if you want to learn more, download their eBook at the end of this blog!

What You Need to Consider Before Purchasing Optical Software

Does the system integrate with Frames Data and other industry Optical Softwarepartners?

Your frame dispensary is likely a big profit generator for your optical practice. You might think that you know what sells in your store already, but the truth is that the real hard numbers may reveal hidden nuggets of wisdom about your practice that you would never know otherwise. Having a system that is easily integrated with Frames Data, or better yet, comes with Frames Data embedded into the system, is going to allow you to upload frame information so that you don't have to spend hours worrying about tedious data entry that is susceptible to errors. You'll also be getting the most up-to-date information, such as whole sale pricing, to help you maximize your profits. 

Integrated software vs. software that comes embedded in a system can be a little tricky to understand. Software that is embedded into another system (for example, Frames Data comes embedded with Uprise practice management & EHR), allows you to perform all activities of both softwares within the same system. You don't have to leave the Uprise interface and download/upload information from Frames Data, it's all in one spot! Additionally, you're not making two separate software purchases, it's all included as one.

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Topics: Tips for ECPs, EHR Software, Optometry Software

How to Calculate Gross Revenue Per Staff Hour

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Oct 20, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Running and managing an eyecare practice isn't easy work. Especially if you're an independent practice trying to stay on top of your patient schedule each day and still managing to find time to monitor the business side of things can be hard! But, as you know, monitoring the numbers side of your business is important too so that you can make sure you're not missing out on bigger profits.

Today we want to show you how to calculate a very important benchmark for your practice, gross revenue per staff hour. Keeping an eye on this benchmark allows you to see the amount of revenue generated by your team. Of course, you'd like to see the highest revenue from your staff as possible.

Learn How to Calculate Gross Revenue Per Staff Hour

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Topics: Tips for ECPs, Optometry eBooks, Education

Is Your Lack of Optometry Meaningful Use Knowledge a Skeleton in the Closet?

Posted by Sharon Chin on Oct 18, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Optometry_Meaningful_Use_skeletonsWe all have skeletons in our closet -things we hide, fear, or even fear to admit. But the thing about keeping skeletons in our closets is how it can come back to haunt us. The same goes for optometry Meaningful Use. If you just haven’t had the time or just refuse to get started with the program, the consequences (aka penalties) may be here to haunt you. We’re here to make up for your lack of Meaningful Use knowledge so you know what to expect going into the program this year.

How Many Optometry Meaningful Use Skeletons Do You Have in Your Closet?

The Meaningful Use Program was introduced in 2009 as part of the HITECH Act to promote the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in an effort to make healthcare more consistent, transparent, and allow for the measurement of quality of care.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, EHR Implementation

EHR Software Training Tips Straight from the Experts

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Oct 15, 2014 10:28:00 AM

EHR software implementation. Those three words alone can be a scary thing for any eyecare practice. Software implementation in any capacity usually comes with the stigma of a big price tag, difficult installations, time-consuming integrations, and hard to manage change for your whole office. But, with the right software vendor and a team of employees that are ready and excited to make the switch, implementation can be less of a bumpy road!

We sat down with one of the members of the Uprise Training Team, Cookie deSilva, to get her insights and training tips for having a successful implementation!

5 EHR Software Training Tips Everyone Can EHR Software ImplementationBenefit From

What is the biggest mistake practices make with their optometry software?

In my opinion, the biggest mistake that practices can make when selecting an optometry software program is not testing out each aspect of the system before the purchase, and not communicating well with everyone in the practice. It is important for every person in your practice to be on the same page as far as expectations and needs of the new software. The key to managing change like this is great communication with each other. If you're the doctor in your practice it's important to you that the EHR has all that you need (and more), but what about your staff? Make sure their needs and wants are going to be met too.

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Topics: EHR Software, EHR Implementation, Training

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