Optometric Management Tip # 152   -   Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Patient Records and Forms

Once a practice settles into a format for patient records, it usually sticks for a long time. And for good reason Ė familiarity aids efficiency. Itís still not unusual to see offices using the older style patient record cards, often with the OEP tests printed on them. Of course, optometry has evolved greatly in the past 20 years, and our diagnostic procedures and recording standards have become much more diverse and sophisticated Ė and wordy, even with a plethora of medical abbreviations.

Electronic medical records

As optometrists look to revise their records, some are moving to computer software for patient records. This can come in several forms: Paper records

In spite of the great advancements in technology, health care has been slow to adopt electronic records because it is not always faster than paper and pen, at least not immediately. There is a big learning curve for doctors and staff and computer software can be less flexible when it comes to jotting down a note or drawing a picture. For doctors who wish to stay with paper records (for now), here are some ideas that may make your record keeping more efficient.
Best wishes for continued success,

Neil B. Gailmard, OD, MBA, FAAO
Chief Optometric Editor, Optometric Management