First Person: What’s Next for the OmniChannel Approach in Eyecare During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:24 AM Andy Chance-Hill, Ocuco’s OmniChannel director, has spent the past 20 years working in the optics industry globally. In his work over the past three months, it has become evident to him that the shift in the optical sector, in particular, toward online sales and telehealth is here to stay. Observing this strong trend, Chance-Hill believes it is important to respond to a Vision Monday feature article – “The Patient Journey: An Ongoing Evolution” – that was published in VM’s April issue.

HEA and Abyde Partner to Deliver HIPAA Compliance to Independent ECPs

By Staff
Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:24 AM TAMPA and BOCA RATON, Fla.— Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) and leading HIPAA compliance solution provider Abyde have announced a partnership that will provide access for HEA’s 10,000-plus independent ECP members to Abyde’s complete HIPAA program.

Novartis Acquires Amblyotech as it Pursues Novel Digital Therapy for ‘Lazy Eye’

By Staff
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:18 AM BASEL, Switzerland—Novartis has completed the acquisition of Amblyotech, a U.S.-based software startup and will now pursue the treatment of amblyopia.

Dashboard Data

By Mark Tosh
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:30 AM From health care to retail, data has become an invaluable resource for businesses and practitioners. It’s what many see as the key ingredient to better meeting, and exceeding, consumer or patient expectations, and it provides a critical yardstick for measuring success across a variety of metrics. In eyecare and optical retailing, the growing interest in data also has led to an increase in the number of options partner companies are developing that collect, track and analyze the data for ECPs to draw upon to manage their practice. From software and tech companies to alliances and large retail groups, a dashboard or other analytical tools have become part of the de facto offering to member ECPs.

Verana Health Raises $30 Million in Series C Financing

By Staff

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 12:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Verana Health, a health care data company based here, announced a $30 million Series C financing led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from existing investors Biomatics Capital, Brook Byers, founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, and Lagunita Biosciences. In addition, Verana Health announced that health care veteran Miki Kapoor has joined the company as president and CEO. Kapoor has two decades of experience scaling health care data companies and working with health care organizations in operations, policy, strategy, and finance.

VSP Global Invests in PokitDok to Explore Blockchain Solutions for Health Care

By Staff
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has announced an investment in PokitDok Inc., a health care company that uses a type of cloud-based computing known as platform-as-a-service to support the development and management of applications.

Vision Source and Kno2 Agree to Collaboration Around Care Coordination for At-Risk Diabetic Patients

By Staff
Friday, April 27, 2018 12:18 AM BOISE, Idaho, and KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, North America’s largest independent optometric alliance, and Kno2, a provider of Interoperability as a Service (IaaS) across health care, said Thursday they will collaborate to improve the eye exam referral process within the health care community. The “Kno2: Interoperability as a Service” solution enables an efficient, closed-loop referral process “that gives physicians the information they need when they need it, improving the overall quality of care,” according to the joint announcement.

Eye Care Leaders Achieves Hitrust CSF Certification

By Staff
Monday, April 2, 2018 12:18 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Eye Care Leaders (ECL), a practice management software developer for ophthalmology and optometry practices, said that all of its products, as well services such as revenue cycle management, hosting, and more, have earned Certified status for information security by Hitrust. Hitrust CSF (Common Security Framework) certified status demonstrates that ECL has met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and is appropriately managing risk. By including federal and state regulations, standards and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the Hitrust CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

Rev360 Launches an ‘Alternative Model’ of Practice Ownership for ECPs

By Staff
Friday, March 9, 2018 12:27 AM MADISON, Wis.—In an effort to add a new ownership model to the evolving eyecare marketplace, Rev360 is launching an “alternative model” and practice partnership service for ECPs to consider as they weigh the benefits of remaining as an independent versus combining their practice with a larger group under new ownership. The initiative was announced to the RevolutionEHR’s customer base earlier this week. Rev360 is approaching 6,000 optometrists in the Rev360/RevolutionEHR user base, according to company executives. 

Rev360 Acquires EyeDock, an Online Clinical Optometry Reference and Database

By Staff
Friday, March 2, 2018 12:21 AM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360, an eyecare software and business services company, announced this week that it has acquired EyeDock, a leading online clinical reference for optometry. In addition, EyeDock founder Todd Zarwell, OD, has been named to the Rev360 ECP leadership team, according to the announcement. is a subscription-based optometry resource featuring a comprehensive database of contact lens parameters, clinical calculators, a topical ophthalmic medicine database, GP lenses and a refracting tutorial and simulator, according to the Rev360 announcement. has an active subscriber base of nearly 3,000 ECPs, according to its website, and is “poised for continued growth with…an unbeatable value-proposition for eyecare professionals.” The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Eyefinity Establishes EHR Certification Program for Students at Optometry Schools

By Staff
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Eyefinity, the electronic health records and practice management software unit of VSP Global, has launched the Eyefinity Student Certification Program, a new training course that optometry students can access to become certified in using the Eyefinity EHR. The first of three planned certification sessions began Jan. 12 with 151 registrants, according to a VSP Global spokeswoman. The training program continues with sessions two and three beginning May 11 and Aug. 31, respectively. The last day to register for sessions two and three are April 30 and Aug. 24, respectively. Students need to complete only one session to become certified, and they will continue to have access to the Eyefinity EHR training environment until they graduate, according to the spokeswoman.

Solutionreach and Chart Talk to Develop on Communication Tools for Practices

By Staff
Monday, December 18, 2017 12:24 AM LEHI, Utah—Solutionreach, a provider of patient management systems is partnering with Chart Talk, a cloud-based practice management, billing, and electronic health record system for medical providers. According to a statement from the two companies, the partnership will improve the patient-provider relationship for Chart Talk users and their patients, allow providers to collaborate with patients more easily using phone, email, and text reminders, surveys and newsletters and provide an enhanced implementation and user experience for Chart Talk customers.

IDOC and Abyde Finalize Partnership to ‘Solve HIPAA Challenges’ for Independent ODs

By Staff
Friday, November 17, 2017 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC and Abyde have agreed to a “formal partnership” under which the technology company will provide solutions and education related to HIPAA for IDOC’s member doctors.

Rev360 Acquires Unified Imaging

By Staff
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:27 AM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360 announced that it has acquired Unified Imaging, an image management software solution that delivers a cloud-based system for image display, review and comparisons, as well as an interface with most image-producing devices that export ophthalmic instrument images.

Super Optical Launches Profit Calculator for ECPs

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM CINCINNATI—Super Optical is launching the Optical Profit Center, an online tool that lets eye-care practitioners calculate the profits they can earn through a small lab set-up and dispensing area. ECPs can enter their own costs into the calculator and receive an accurate figure of what they can save and earn by adding lens surfacing to their practice.