Paperless practice - no longer a myth
Topcon have recently announced a number of enhancements to their increasingly popular ‘i-Clarity’ practice management system, used by many independent practices and groups throughout the UK.
The first of these is a new way of storing and maintaining ophthalmic lens catalogues. This has traditionally been a major obstacle in the implementation of the true ‘paperless practice’, in which clinical records are seamlessly integrated with dispensing, ePos and online ordering. Topcon have now produced a standard spreadsheet format in which any Dispensing Optician or lens manufacturer can enter validated details of their lenses, without complicated programming or specialist help. This means that practices can quickly create and maintain their own lens catalogues personalised to their own requirements, from a multitude of suppliers.
The second innovation is the introduction of promotional bundles of frames, lenses and finishes as special package deals. This feature allows practices to put together attractive packages that can be offered at a competitive price to patients, and so compete with multiples, but still provide a good return for the practice.
Nigel Bedford, Topcon Product Manager for i-Clarity commented: ‘Although we have seen a shift towards practices getting a higher proportion of their revenue from clinical services, the fact remains that for most practices the bulk of practice income and profits still comes from spectacle dispensing. With these innovations i-Clarity clearly maintains its’ position as the most sophisticated point of sales system available in the UK optical market today. And at the same time our technical and clinical innovations continue to complement the professional skills and increase the productivity of our many dispensing optician users.’