Supporting research through meaningful data: the ifa group of companies at ARVO booth #704
ifa applications have long been supporting research projects, such as EUREQUO, and the translation of research findings into ophthalmic practice through the compilation of meaningful data. Therefore, the ifa team is delighted to return to the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the largest association of its kind. The meeting will be held from 5 to 9 May 2013 in Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center (USA). A dedicated team of ifa experts is already looking forward to providing delegates with detailed information on the company’s products and services at booth 704.
See you in Seattle!
ASCRS in San Francisco Marked by Clinical Data Management
The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in San Francisco was strongly marked by the factors of quality and innovation in the area of healthcare. International ophthalmology (eye care) is currently undergoing significant changes: diagnostics and therapy are more and more characterized by high tech. Laser technology is being applied even more than before in cataract and refractive surgery and is based on clinical data management (research and quality assurance).
In San Francisco the ifa group of companies presented more innovative Health IT applications for this area: clinical decision support systems (CDSS), data systems for clinical studies etc. In addition to developing the EMR (Electronic Medical Record) further, the international expansion of the EUREQUO quality network has been put on the agenda for the target group of ophthalmic surgeons. A decision on carrying out an international IT project for evaluating the surgical outcome of Femto Assisted Cataract Surgery (FACS) has been made together with the ESCRS (European Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery).
At the ASCRS the ifa team additionally presented an extended documentation system for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). This system complements EMR-based (Electronic Medical Record) clinical documentation in surgery centers and is already being evaluated by major US clinics.
The ifa team is now already on its way to participate in the next international congress: the ARVO’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, USA.
Dean McGee Eye Institute selects ifa united i-tech as its future Electronic Health Record Software
ifa united i-tech, a U.S. subsidiary of ifa Systems AG, the global leader for IT solutions in ophthalmology, is proud to announce that the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) selected ifa EMR v6 as its future Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
The ifa Academy: Consultancy and Training Services Are the Key to Success
The workflows of eye care institutions are rarely simple. An EHR, such as the ifa EMR, that allows for documenting and organizing each step of these ophthalmic workflows in a structured and detailed, yet efficient manner can thus never be a simple system. The complex character of the ifa EMR, which has evolved inevitably from these requirements, bears both challenges but primarily major benefits for users. These benefits imply, for example, increased efficiency and cost savings and therefore allow physicians and their staff to focus on what really matters: their patients.
The ifa EMR includes a multitude of functionalities to help ophthalmologists achieve these goals. But for users to make the most of their ifa application, comprehensive education and consulting on these functionalities is required. From the beginning, the ifa team has recognized the need for training its clients to make sure users may deploy their ifa EMR in the best possible way. And so the ifa Academy was established.
The ifa Academy has been an integral part of the ifa concept ever since. Its team offers individualized training sessions on site and in this way accompanies the process of introducing the ifa EMR to a practice or hospital. In addition, so called Training and Work Sessions (TWS) are offered on a regular basis across the globe. Over 50 modules are available to users and prospects, from which they may choose the topics they are most interested in. These modules include subjects such as Basic Training, Office Organization, Subspecialty Documentation, Stimulus Applications and the Customization Process.
Sessions are regularly held in the company’s US headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL and beautiful Porto Cervo, Italy. In 2012, the ifa group of companies even launched an exclusive training hub in the heart of New York City. Ideally located in the Union Square area, the ifa TWS Center also allows for visiting Union Square Eye Care to experience the advantages of the program live and on site.
Taking part in the TWS experience, attendees undergo a detailed training and certification process that is based on ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards. What is more, users will only have to make their own travel arrangements for attending the TWS. 5* hotel accommodation, lunch and dinner as well as all training sessions and materials are free of charge for ifa users. Confirming the excellent standard of the ifa Academy’s educational program and TWS experience, 250 users on average attend the Fort Lauderdale TWS each year.
Like the ifa group of companies, many of the TWS attendees are convinced that the key to success is to keep educating oneself and thus regularly return to the pleasant and highly professional atmosphere of the ifa Academy’s TWS.