Insights for 11-30-20

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:59 PM We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park. They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.

Digital Adoption Has Taken a ‘Quantum Leap’ Across Organizations and Industries, According to McKinsey

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:58 PM NEW YORK—During the second and third quarters of 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about “years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business,” according to a recent McKinsey report and analysis. Citing its new McKinsey Global Survey of executives, the consulting firm noted that the companies surveyed have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years.

In addition, the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by “a shocking seven years,” McKinsey said in a post on its website.

“Nearly all respondents say that their companies have stood up at least temporary solutions to meet many of the new demands on them, and much more quickly than they had thought possible before the crisis,” according to the consulting firm. “What’s more, respondents expect most of these changes to be long lasting and are already making the kinds of investments that all but ensure they will stick.”

McKinsey noted that when it asked executives about the impact of the crisis on a range of measures, the executives noted that funding for digital initiatives has increased more than anything else—more than increases in costs, the number of people in technology roles, and the number of customers.

“To stay competitive in this new business and economic environment requires new strategies and practices,” McKinsey said. “Our findings suggest that executives are taking note: most respondents recognize technology’s strategic importance as a critical component of the business, not just a source of cost efficiencies.”

What May Have Made COVID-19 So Hard to Contain

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:23 AM According to The New York Times, new research has uncovered just what might have made COVID-19 so contagious and so hard to contain: an early mutation, which gave the virus an edge when it comes to infecting hosts. Head over to The New York Times for an explaination on how it all might have gone down.

Women In Optometry: Unexpected Ending Gives Rise To New Opportunity

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:00 AM When life gave Myria Reese, OD, lemons, she got to work making lemonade. This past summer, she received a one-month notice that her corporate contract was ending, and she had to make some tough decisions. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” she says. “I didn’t want to abandon my patients—I had been seeing many of them for eight years.” She finally decided she wanted to open her own practice, an idea that was pushed to the top of the priority list. After getting several recommendations to look in the Fairfield community near her home in Cypress, Texas, she found an empty location. She worked with a broker a colleague recommended, secured the location, and began a renovation. Read More

Optical Sales Remain Flat Nationwide, Jobson Tracker Says

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:30 AM Optical sales remain flat, Eyes on 2021 concludes as one of the largest virtual optometry events of 2020, Satisloh announces formation of specialized STEP team, Premier Academy360 offers badges on VSP's Find a Doctor directory, and CooperVision announces 2021 Best Practices Scholarship Program all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

As Daily Cases of the Virus Consistently Top 100,000 Per Day, Optical Sales Remain Flat, Jobson Tracker Says

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With 20 days in a row of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day throughout the U.S., according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales nationwide remained flat over the past week. For the week of Nov. 16-22, only two categories—gross revenue and lens pairs—showed an uptick of 1 index point, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Regionally, optical sales were either flat or changed by only 1 index point up or down.

CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program Expands Globally

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:25 AM Less than a year after debuting its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring the MiSight 1 day contact lens in the U.S., CooperVision is now expanding the comprehensive approach to multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Canada, South Korea and Taiwan. 

Eyes On 2021 Concludes as One of the Largest Virtual Optometry Events of 2020

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers wrapped up its Eyes On 2021 on Sunday, Nov. 22. The three-day virtual event was one of the largest virtual optometry events of 2020 with over 6,000 eyecare registrants, 4,500+ attendees and more than one million minutes of content watched across three days, the organization said.

American Public Health Association Honors Five Ocular Scientists for COVID-19 Papers

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The American Public Health Association has recognized the work of five of the world’s most prominent ocular scientists with its 2020 Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. Two papers published by the group as the COVID-19 pandemic took root provided timely, evidence-based guidance to address and correct misinformation regarding safe contact lens wear.

Marchon’s Salvatore Ferragamo Debuts New Sun Styles

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:09 AM

L’Amy America Intros New Ann Taylor Petite Styles

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:06 AM

Deo Eyewear Showcases Isabelle Frame

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The Big Week for Small Business Offers Insights, Tactics and Stories From a Range of Indie Businesses

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:54 PM NEW YORK—CO, the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s special online virtual resource center, which helps businesses “Start, Run and Grow” their operations, is offering a great recap of its recent Big Week for Small Business, a special virtual event marked by interesting speakers, presentations and insights, which brought together successful entrepreneurs and small business experts for advice, networking and practical strategies for business owners. Sponsored by CHASE for Business, the sessions were designed to help small business owners navigate challenging times.

The Crucial Role of Data Sharing in Optimizing Patient Care

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:10 PM A new report from Optum, the pharmacy benefit manager and care services unit of UnitedHealth Group, that examines the crucial role of data sharing in optimizing patient care. As Optum observed, “The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the idea that optimized care for patients can be achieved through communication, collaboration, and data sharing across health care organizations. But this linkage has been otherwise difficult to accomplish.

Insights for 11-25-20

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:30 PM Pat changed the trajectory of the fight against A.L.S. forever. He inspired millions to get involved and care about people who are living with A.L.S.