Medflow EMR is a complete electronic medical records (EMR) system designed specifically for eye care. Although ophthalmologists are Medflow’s target market, the program can be used by practices providing both ophthalmology and optometry. The system is available as either a standalone EMR or as a complete EMR and practice management (PM) system to manage billing and patient scheduling. The program is 2011/2012 ONC-ATCB certified to allow eligible providers to qualify for ARRA stimulus payments.
Medflow has built-in templates designed specifically for ophthalmology, including retina scans and surgery, cataracts, glaucoma, digital drawings, eye measurements, LASIK procedures, and more. ASC and optical modules are also included in the base package.
The program is suitable for eye care practices of all sizes, ranging from solo practices to large groups with 50 or more doctors. Medflow can be used as a hosted solution or installed on-premise using a Microsoft SQL server. The HL7 interface enables the system to integrate with devices and existing practice management systems. The image workflow management module is very straightforward and suitable for image-intensive ophthalmology practices. The integrated patient portal enables patients to complete intake forms online, saving time and eliminating paperwork.
Medflow has been developing ophthalmology-specific EMR software since 1999 and is a recognized leader in ophthalmology software. Medflow has more than 2,400 ophthalmologists using its software on a daily basis. Due to its popularity and focus on eye care, Medflow is a vendor we feel comfortable recommending to eye care practices of all sizes.
Our practice is a two-location, five-physician operation with a strong focus on refractive surgery. Our combined patient volume is 150-200 visits daily.
While we were ready for the patient care benefits that we knew we could gain through EHR much sooner - we did not make our final selection until 2010. Our physicians selected Medflow as this was a platform designed specifically to meet the need of ophthalmic care.
We paid specific attention to the user friendliness as well as customization (or lack of over-customization that can really become the Achilles heel of any EHR) of the system, thinking ahead and hoping not to have to require professional IT support at every upgrade to make the system update across all templates.
Medflow fits those characteristics. We instantly took to the wonderful, single screen exam as well as refractive module that is utilized the most by our refractive surgeons for pre-, intra- and post-operative care.
One of the main deciding factors was imaging integration - we love having DICOM in place that allows for error-free application of digital images - such as OCTs, Visual Fields, Corneal Topographies - directly into the EHR. Many other EHR systems require third party devices to accomplish the same thing.
Our doctors and technicians enjoy using Medflow in daily patient care, and electronic charting has become the second nature for them.
It is important to mention that Medflow integrated seamlessly with our Allscripts PM system, as well as patient portal via Vision Connect (that bridges both EPM and EHR).
Highly recommend considering Medflow for any practice of ophthalmology!
Our practice has 14 locations, a LASIK Suite, and a surgery center which is AAAHC accredited. We have a high volume of cataract practice and see approximately 350 patients a day in our rural clinical setting. We have been using Medflow EHR going on four years now. We were the first Ophthalmology practice in the country to meet meaningful use. I have found Medflow to be reactive and proactive to our needs, and the full screen exam very user friendly. We are on the newest version of Medflow. Implementation was a seamless event in our practice and was basically a celebration of all the hard work we put into it on the front end when we were getting the product ready for use. After a full week, we were back to seeing a full patient load. Many of the providers took themselves live prior to our actual go live date. They did that because it was easy for them to do so. We also use Medflow in the surgery center which has been an extremely nice tool for the staff. I have and would recommend Medflow of colleagues. I know that Medflow currently has the most providers who attested for meaningful use. That statement speaks volumes of what they have accomplished. We'd never go back to paper.
I would not get Medflow. It has cost our practice loads of time & money. Support is lacking. The software is not ideal, and even with their "upgrades" there has been no improvements over the past 4-5 years. It has taken the joy out of practicing ophthalmology. We have a large practice and are considering the enormous task of switching companies.
We value your business and are disappointed to learn that you are not satisfied with the software. Your feedback is appreciated and I would like to discuss your concerns offline. If you are interested, please contact me at your convenience at 980.218.1986.
Christopher Bonsall, Director of Sales Operations, Medflow, Inc.