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December 08, 2016
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WEB TECH’s Spanish Content
Modernizing Medicine Enhances ‘Analytics’ Capabilities


Super Optical’s Eco-Friendly Lens Blocks

WEB TECH Launches Spanish Content

Top Line: has launched Spanish translations of some of the most popular articles in its Eye Conditions & Diseases section.
Close Up: In the U.S., Spanish is the primary language spoken at home by 38 million people ages five and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Instituto Cervantes, a non-profit initiative created by the Spanish government, says that 45 million people speak Spanish as a first or second language in the U.S.
“Our readers already generate more than three million monthly page views of our articles about eye conditions and diseases,” said Gary Heiting, OD, senior editor of “It makes sense to expand access to this information by making it available in the second most common language spoken in this country.”
Vital Stats: Translated topics include astigmatism, cataracts, conjunctivitis, macular degeneration and presbyopia. A total of 17 Spanish articles are currently available. The extent to which the translation efforts will be broadened in 2017 will be determined by the traffic generated by the initial group of articles for the remainder of this year, according to

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Modernizing Medicine Unveils Population Health Platform and Apple Watch App

Product: Analytics
Top Line: Specialty-specific health information technology company Modernizing Medicine announced major technological advancements to its suite of products and services.
Close Up: An enhancement to the company’s specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) system, EMA, and practice management system, Analytics is designed to give ophthalmologists and other physicians near real-time population health data to help support the transition to value-based health care.
“Since CMS aims to reimburse for value, not volume, we need to provide real-time quality outcomes with appropriate benchmarking so that providers can thrive,” said Michael Sherling, MD, MBA, chief medical officer and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “Analytics is intended to empower our physicians with specialty-specific, granular, actionable data to conduct population health, streamline operational efficiencies and improve the financial health of their practice.”
From patient check-in to discharge, Analytics is designed to allow specialists to identify and track key clinical, financial and operational metrics to uncover insights to help optimize their practice, plus measure and enhance performance by making high-quality medical decisions and helping to keep costs down. Without leaving EMA, in Analytics physicians can have the ability to:
• Unlock in-depth clinical data, billing and financial reports to augment the built-in reporting tools in EMA and practice management
• View real-time, national benchmarking
• Spot and respond to trends in payment patterns
• Compare outcomes and performance with other providers
• View changes, payments and adjustments by payer groups
• Identify trends in reimbursement patterns before they affect cash flow
Vital Stats: With the announcement of the general availability of Modernizing Medicine’s Apple Watch technology, users will be able to view scheduling to provide insight into the day’s agenda, including which patients are coming in, what time the appointments are and which rooms patients are in; Intramail; viewing Notes; and more. Apple Watch application functionality is facilitated through modmed Pocket Practice, a native iOS smartphone application.

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Super Optical Intros Lens Blocks Made of 50 Percent Recycled Material

Product: SuperOptical’s “Shark Glass” Lens Blocks
Top Line: In an effort to be more eco-friendly, Super Optical International has teamed up with Shark Glass Recycling North America to use recycled windshield glass in their Cincinnati based lens manufacturing facility. Shark Glass Recycling is a market leader in the recycling of post-consumer windshields, providing solutions for both the glass and PVB (PolyVinyl Butyral) interlay. Super Optical found a unique way to use their recycled glass powder material in their lens blocks.
Close Up: FastGrind lenses come to the user pre-blocked for an easy grinding experience. Super Optical discovered they could mix the Shark glass powder recyclable filler into their block technology, eliminating waste and use of new materials. The block is now made of 50 percent Shark Glass and 50 percent proprietary material.
Vital Stats: The block quality for the FastGrind lenses has not changed, according to Super Optical and the company no longer wastes new materials when manufacturing its disposable blocks.; (513) 321-2456

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