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August 25, 2011
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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Qmadix Debuts Q-i-wear

SOFTWARE

OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10.5

WEB TECH

Augen Revamps Website
Optical Tool App
Eyefinity

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Q-i-wear by Qmadix Now Shipping Nationwide

Product:
Q-i-wear by iharmonix
Top Line: Qmadix, a Los Angeles-based mobile accessory solutions company, has announced its Q-i-wear by iharmonix protective eyewear is now available nationwide. The Rx-able eyewear design incorporates stereo Bluetooth with dual microphone technology to block out ambient noise, so users can talk and enjoy their favorite tunes.
Close Up: Designed to perform in extreme conditions, this stylish, protective eyewear features stereo Bluetooth with dual microphone technology for a superior sound source and vision/hearing protection solution. “Originally developed for industrial use for those working in extreme outdoor conditions, we’ve found that the Q-i-wear has several consumer applications as well,” said Greg Keushgerian, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Qmadix. “Q-i-wear is the perfect way for outdoor enthusiasts and sports fans to answer calls and listen to music, all while protecting their vision and hearing. Plus, the sleek design creates a complete look for both men and women.”
Vital Stats:
  • Stereo Bluetooth eyewear with dual microphones for ambient noise cancellation
  • 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth communication connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Knowles balanced armature drivers
  • Howard Leigh SmartFit 300 ear-tips provide up to 42dB of noise reduction
  • Provides: Eight hours of continuous talk, nine hours of continuous music, and more than seven days standby
  • Water resistant
  • Uvex Genesis lenses provide extreme impact resistance (available in clear, gray, amber)
  • Lenses coated with Ultra-Dura anti-scratch
  • Comes with prescription lens insert
  • Soft comfort bands provide additional impact resistance
  • On-frame function controls
  • Lithium–Polymer battery
www.Qmadix.com

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SOFTWARE

Eyefinity Releases OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10.5 with 'Meaningful Use' Tool

Product:
Eyefinity has released the OfficeMate/ExamWRITER electronic medical records v10.5. The new version is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012-certified as a ‘Complete EHR’ by CCHIT, which enables users to achieve ‘meaningful use’ in order to qualify for up to $44,000 in federal stimulus money. Among the new version’s most unique features is its ‘CMS Meaningful Use Reporting Window’ which allows users to easily track their meaningful use criteria. It also calculates the percentage of criterion that the user meets so they can report the data during the attestation process.
Top Line: “Eyecare professionals have everything they need to easily become ‘meaningful users’ with OfficeMate/ExamWRITER v10.5,” said James Kirchner, OD, Eyefinity’s chief professional officer. “Our new version offers our customers a powerful yet intuitive practice management software and electronic medical records system which enhances clinical efficiency and supports the success of their practice.”
Close Up: Among the new features of v10.5 is an enhanced appointment scheduler, fee slips which enable easier editing of line items and posting of open charges, a simpler ledger, improvements in claims processing and reports (new customizable options) and an enhanced VSP interface, designed to improve workflow, allowing the user to obtain authorizations and submit VSP lab orders and claims more quickly and more accurately than in prior versions.
Vital Stats: Existing OfficeMate/ExamWRITER users who wish to upgrade to v10.5 can visit Eyefinity’s "MyInstallCenter" which will assist them by asking a series of questions about their practice, hardware, and which parts of the software they currently use. The technology provides users with a stage-by-stage approach of all necessary steps that must be made to ensure a smooth upgrade, including a customized training program based on the unique needs of each eyecare practice. New and existing clients can also call 800.269.3666 (option 1) for additional details.
MyInstallCenter.OfficeMate.net

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WEB TECH

Augen Redesigns Website for ECPs

Product:
Augen Optics’ Revamped Website
Top Line: Augen Optics has revamped its website. Targeted to industry professionals, the site combines high-tech imagery with straightforward navigation and multilayered content that reinforce the company’s positioning as a manufacturer of advanced optical products.
Close Up: The redesigned website features information tabs for Augen Products including its Lens Portfolio and Materials and Treatments, as well as tabs for Technology, News/Press, and About Augen with company history and contact information. The “For Professionals” tab provides online access to product marketing materials, product order forms, terms and warranty information, and a list of wholesale laboratories that offer Augen lens products. The site includes links to the free CE course for Augen Trinity Spacia progressive lenses, and to the Trivex learning course developed by PPG Industries. Trivex is the core material for premium Augen High Definition Lens products. “Our new website is designed to be a valuable tool for customers and visitors looking for information about Augen Optics and our product offering,” said Patricia Machado, vice president, new business development. “The content is directed primarily to industry professionals. We do not attempt to educate consumers on the site, as there are so many online resources now available that provide excellent consumer information. Rather, the Augen website speaks directly to our customer base to give them the information they need to help make purchase decisions.”
Vital Stats: Augen Optics will add an additional tab to the website later this year featuring its new Augen HDRx Laboratory, which produces Augen free-form progressive and single vision lenses for customer labs. According to Garth Curtis, director of sales, “The Augen HDRx Laboratory is just being introduced to the market, and as we grow our business the Augen website will be an important vehicle for making our HDRx free form lenses more accessible to customer labs.” The new Augen Optics website was developed by Hollywood Communications of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Digaworks web design studio of San Diego, Calif.
www.augenoptics.com; (866) 284-3611

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Optician Develops Optical Tool iPhone App

Product:
Optical Tool v1.1
Top Line: Optical Tool is a useful tool for any optometry practice, optical dispensary, optometry student, or opticianry student. Developed by optician Brent McCardle, it provides a quick reference to every formula used, a quick reference to ANSI and supports email built in to the app (internet connection required). Quickly add sphere, cylinder, axis and prism with the number pad. If you get busy, Optical Tool remembers where you left off.
Close Up: The Optical Tool’s features include:
  • Quick entry
  • Add plus and minus with the tap of the screen
  • Swipe up or down for base up or base down
  • Swipe right for base in and left for base out
  • Quick ANSI reference
Current formulas include:
  • Back Vertex
  • Compensated Power
  • Oblique Meridian
  • Prentice’s Rule
  • Resultant Prism
  • Resolving Prism
  • Center and Edge Thickness
Vital Stats: The Optical Tool app is available through the Apple iTunes Store for $1.99. Future releases, which are always free, will include Tool Curves and Crossed Cylinders.
Sample formulas are available from Brent McCardle.


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