Eyefinity/OfficeMate Names James Kirchner, O.D., as Chief Professional Strategies Officer

Rancho Cordova, Calif., March 16, 2010—Eyefinity®/OfficeMate®, a VSP GlobalSM company, announced today that James Kirchner, O.D., has been hired as Chief Professional Strategies Officer. In his new role, Dr. Kirchner will direct all industry and professional strategies, and chair the Eyefinity/OfficeMate advisory panel in the design and architecture of current and future software business solutions. Additionally, Dr. Kirchner will establish a formal speakers bureau and assume a leading role in the company’s health information technology strategy, overseeing the final phases of product certification efforts.
 
An experienced lecturer, author and consultant, Dr. Kirchner has been a pioneer in practice management and electronic medical records (EMR) development. A practicing optometrist for 33 years, Dr. Kirchner founded EyeCare Specialties, a multi-doctor, multi-location practice in Lincoln, NE.
 
“As a highly respected optometrist and innovative thought leader in our industry, Dr. Kirchner brings with him an exceptional clinical, business and creative skill set that will help drive our organization into the future,” said C. Edward Buffington, Chief Operating Officer of Eyefinity/OfficeMate. “I have long admired Jim’s keen focus and dedication to helping eyecare professionals benefit from implementing practice management software, EMRs and other technologies. We are very pleased that he has chosen to join us at Eyefinity/OfficeMate in the next step of his distinguished career.”
 
“I am thrilled to join Eyefinity/OfficeMate at such an exciting time in their 25 year history,” said Dr. Kirchner. “This new role gives me the opportunity to serve thousands of my colleagues by helping to build and develop Eyefinity/OfficeMate’s industry-leading software and web-based eyecare business solutions.”
 
Dr. Kirchner currently serves as chairman of the Nebraska Board of Optometry and is past-president of the Nebraska Optometric Association and the North Central States Optometric Council, which represents the optometric community throughout a ten-state region. For the past 15 years, Dr. Kirchner has served as a volunteer leader for the American Optometric Association, most recently completing his fourth year as chair of the AOA's Communications Group Executive committee.
 
About Eyefinity®/OfficeMate®
As a VSP GlobalSM company, Eyefinity/OfficeMate is the premier solutions provider serving over 26,000 eyecare professionals with innovative business solutions. Eyefinity/OfficeMate provides Web-based solutions such as frame and lens ordering, claims processing, personalized Web sites with email communication tools, industry webinars and resource guides. Customers throughout the United States and Canada use software solutions including OfficeMate practice management, ReportWRITER patient communications, ExamWRITER electronic medical records and the OfficeMate Enterprise multilocation version.
 
Eyefinity/OfficeMate has an international presence with its recent acquisition of Monkey Software®, an optical practice management software company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. Monkey Software’s industry-leading solution Optomate® serves more than one-third of optometry offices in Australia and New Zealand.

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