See and Hear Highlights of VM Leadership Summit 2023: Voices, Views at 'Insight, Unseen'

By Staff
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 12:00 PM Exclusive networking and big themes at the 2023 VM Leadership Summit encouraged attendees to uncover new solutions. They heard about non-obvious thinking, cultivating trust, the role of human capital, improving eyecare access and doing good in the vision care space. See the day's quick video recap here.

The Most Common Side Effects of the New Bivalent COVID Booster

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:56 PM The anticipated side effects are really exactly what would be expected to occur after the previous vaccinations.

Retail and Healthcare: UPENDED!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:00 AM NEW YORK—With a compelling speaker roster in place, The Vision Monday Leadership Summit culminated in October this year in two dynamic sessions which explored how new market forces, unleashed and amplified by the global pandemic, are rewriting the fundamental rules of customer/patient engagement for both retailers and healthcare providers. Part of the series of VM Leadership Summit sessions that started earlier this spring, the Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 virtual programs were themed “Retail and Healthcare: UPENDED! Ripping Up the Rulebook.”

How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:59 AM NEW YORK—As the virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on the afternoon of Oct. 20, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients’ trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled “Rebuilding Trust,” Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients.

Virtual Sessions Extend the 2021 VM Summit Series of Conversations and Presentations

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:58 AM NEW YORK—In addition to the two October virtual VM Summit Sessions, Vision Monday broadcast two additional sessions earlier this year. Both virtual sessions extended the 2021 VM Summit series of conversations and presentations under the theme “Creative Disruption,” held during the summer. They were “VirtualEYZE!,” first held in June, which was a focused look at the opportunities for telehealth to expand eyecare’s boundaries, and “ALL Consuming,” held in August, which took a deep and fascinating dive into the new consumer mindset in many areas. Each brought great and different speakers plus enlightening conversation from ECP/retailer panels.

How Can Remote Monitoring Tech and Wearables Extend ECP Relationships?

By Marge Axelrad
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:57 AM NEW YORK—Escalated by the pandemic, consumers and patients are demonstrating their openness to using new technologies to redefine their own sense of wellness and take care of their own health. This is furthering the advent of new remote monitoring systems and wearables which are directly involving the patient in managing care with their doctors. Experts discussed these “Remote Possibilities” during VM’s virtual Leadership Summit broadcast on Oct. 20. They talked about how these technology developments can actually strengthen provider relationships with patients and provide healthier outcomes, too.

Access and Convenience: What Has Healthcare Learned From Retail?

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:56 AM NEW YORK—The pandemic accelerated and raised awareness of what’s meant by “access” and “convenience” for patients who need to better manage their health and benefit from new services and technologies in new ways. The rise of “patient-centric” healthcare is taking its inspiration from retail businesses who know how to leverage customer knowledge and preferences to create a more interesting, engaging and dynamic customer-centric experience. In a session titled “What Has Healthcare Learned from Retail?” Nerdery’s senior director of Product Management, Mukesh Pitroda, discussed what healthcare providers and brands are learning and adopting from successful retailers, as new formats emerge.

Lion’esque’s Melissa Gonzalez Details Experiential Retail Trends

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:55 AM NEW YORK—Retail strategist and experiential designer Melissa Gonzalez, founder of the Lion’esque Group and principal at MG2, spoke at the final virtual 2021 session of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit on Oct. 27 to discuss the ever-evolving and changing relationship between consumers and the brands and stores they shop. Gonzalez and her firm work in many sectors, from fashion to beauty, to create immersive brand experiences for consumers, driving brand loyalty and interest. All have implications for eyecare and eyewear.

What’s The Metaverse? Virtual Experiences Connect Consumers With Brands

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:54 AM NEW YORK—Attendees of the final Vision Monday 2021 Summit got a glimpse of the metaverse and a quick tutorial about the intriguing possibilities this new digital world offers businesses, brands and healthcare. A previously obscure realm of cyberspace known mostly to video gamers, techno-nerds and digital content developers, the metaverse has been enjoying a breakout moment lately as high-profile entertainers, fashion and lifestyle brands and other early adopters have begun using it to engage consumers in imaginative new ways.

On-Demand Access to All Four VM Summit Virtual Broadcast Sessions Open Until Dec. 31

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:53 AM NEW YORK—Registration is still open for all four virtual events. All details for registration are posted at Registration includes attendance to the virtual broadcasts, full access to the VM Summit virtual platform, networking, on-demand viewing, door prizes, and exclusive access to attendees-only content after the event.

How ECPS and Retailers Are Embracing Rapid Change, a Special Panel Discussion

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:52 AM NEW YORK—Technology and innovation have been key focus areas for ECPs and retailers for at least a decade, but when the pandemic hit in March 2020 it forced practices and retail groups to step up the pace on change and the speed at which they adapt to this new operating environment for patients and providers. This adaption to change and new technology were the topics at the final session and special panel discussion of the recent VM Summit, which was titled, “How ECPS and Retailers Are Embracing Rapid Change, A Special Panel Discussion.”

A Top-Line Video View: "AFTERSHOCKS" VM's Global Leadership Summit

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:00 AM From the vantage point of leading healthcare execs, noted experts outlining new trends in patient and consumer expectations and behavior and the escalating advent of new technologies, this year's VM Summit speakers' underscored the new environment brought about by the pandemic and the opportunities for vision care. The video gives a glimpse of the 4 part program's themes. Access to the VM Summit platform for registered attendees continues through Dec. 31.

VM Summit 2020 Recap

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:00 AM

What’s Next? Third Summit Session Features Pandemic Leadership Lessons from Healthcare’s Front Lines

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Monday, October 19, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Top executives from regional and national healthcare systems joined the third Virtual VM Summit broadcast on October 14 to share how administrators, clinicians and support staff have responded to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has stressed hospital and provider systems in unprecedented ways. Citing resilience, adaptation and teamwork as key ingredients to meet the challenge, these business leaders discussed how they see insurance coverage and patient access to care evolving with these shifts, and how systemic changes in healthcare will provide an opportunity for vision care providers to chart a new direction and play a wider role.

SUNY Optometry Opens State-of-the-Art Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eyecare

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK —The State University of New York College of Optometry announced the official opening of the Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eye Care which resides in the University Eye Center.