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

How to Get Through the EHR Implementation Haunted House Alive

Posted by Janelle Pauli on Oct 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM

So many doctors are nervous to make the switch to electronic health records. We understand that change can be a scary thing, especially a change this big. Making the switch to a new EHR is not only going to be a big investment for any practice, but it will also affect the current flow of your practice. But, with the right EHR, the benefits your practice will receive down the road will outweigh the difficulties that may arise while you get started with a new system.

With Halloween right around the corner it's easy for us to compare the process of EHR implementation to walking through a haunted house. There may be things that jump out and scare you, but there is always a way around each obstacle and a light at the end of the tunnel.

A Survival Guide to Get You Out of the EHR Implementation Haunted House

EHR ImplementationBuying Your Ticket and Prepping for the House

If you're on the way to a haunted house, you've probably done a little research and you know better than to wear high heels that you can't run away in. And, if you're about to dive into a new software implementation, you should do a little research about what exactly your practice needs from an EHR. Something in your office is going on that is making you want to switch to a new EHR, so make sure that you sit down with your staff and determine what it is exactly that you expect to get from a new software, and what you already have in your office in terms of hardware and equipment that you might need for the potential change. 

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Topics: Tips for ECPs, EHR Software, EHR Implementation

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