Lakeside Vision, a family eye care practice in Hawley, Pennsylvania, has gained recognition as one of the area's only “paperless practices” earning government certification for their work.
In 2009, the federal government enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical (HITECH) Act providing health practitioners with incentives and assistance to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.
“We immediately jumped on the opportunity to modernize our practice and use technology to improve the patient experience,” according to Dr. Amy Neal. “We have not used paper patient charts in our office since December 2010, everything is electronic. But it doesn't stop there.”
The most noticeable change in the practice can be seen in the patient exam rooms. “We've not only invested in becoming paperless, we've invested in technology that allows us to give our patients the highest tech eye exam they've ever had,” said Dr. Neal. “The investment we've made in technology ensures that our patients are receiving the highest quality preventative and diagnostic care.”
Technology added to the practice as part of the initiative includes Live Eye instrumentation – allowing the patient to see exactly what the Doctor sees as the Doctor sees it.
Lakeside Vision received the HITECH certification on March 5, 2012 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the only eye care practice in the area to receive such designation.