Anthony Lee, O.D. and Associates Eyecare, PA
With the help of my daughters, I was able to set up my facebook page last night (they thought I needed their technical support). It was fun with all my friends and family joining in the background. Hopefully it will be interactive as far as what is going on in the practice and maybe entertain input from the community. It will also allow immediate responses from me as I will get an instant message on my smartphone that perhaps you may have injured your eye, or traveled and forgot your drops/contacts or your glasses broke. Remember, you can send a private message.
I have already been using my smartphone to update patient prescriptions, which means that I am able to take an email or private facebook message from a patient and update a prescription to their pharmacy almost in an instant from anywhere I may be. Others have provided questions about taking their particular insurance. Growing up in the area, I have a lot of friends and family, so yes there will be some comic relief available too. Our website is under construction, so we will keep you posted on that.
This subject brings up the fact that insurances are going to mandate the use of electronic records. 2014 has some big changes coming with insurance and coding, and will almost be impossible without electronic help. Like it or not, next year the coding system for recordable diseases is scheduled to change from a system that uses about 17,000 codes to a new one that uses 140,000! Yikes!
While some may see this as an obstacle, the advantages are better communication between doctors and pharmacies, and quicker access to your information, as well as, digital appointment reminders. The EHR we have ordered will have remote access so I don't need to physically be there if you need a prescription sent (glasses and contact prescriptions included) or your ocular therapeutic medicines like glaucoma drops need refilling. It will also have safety measures that assure your privacy, since your data is not stored on paper that can be accessed by just anyone.
Anthony Lee, OD & Associates Eyecare, PA
247 Commercial Street, Suite C
Rockport, Maine 04856