VSP Global Extends Healthcare Technology Program through June 2010

Rancho Cordova, Calif., January 11, 2010—VSP GlobalSM today announced that the Healthcare Technology Program will be extended through June 30, 2010. The program is an exclusive offer to VSP doctors through Eyefinity®/OfficeMate® which provides ExamWRITER® electronic medical records (EMRs) at no initial software license charge for existing OfficeMate® or OfficeMate Enterprise® users, or  the OfficeMate Suite or OfficeMate Enterprise with ExamWRITER for first time users at no initial software license charge.*
Since the program was first offered in June of 2009, more than one thousand VSP providers have taken advantage of the risk-free offer from VSP Global. The Healthcare Technology Program was designed to help VSP doctors seek federal stimulus funds available through the HITECH Act, which encourages the adoption of EMRs and the interoperability of health information technology throughout the healthcare continuum. VSP doctors who take part in the program are only responsible to pay for the software license if they receive federal incentive payments beginning in 2011.
“We have seen a tremendous response to the Healthcare Technology Program and are happy VSP Global extended the offer into the new year,” said Eyefinity/OfficeMate President Jim McGrann. “We view this extension as an investment in private practice eyecare and a way to further strengthen patient care.”
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the HITECH Act has appropriated $19.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to accelerate the adoption of certified EMRs. Physicians who demonstrate “meaningful use” (policy makers are currently working to define this term) of certified EMRs can qualify for up to $64,000 in incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid.
*Other fees apply, including “Annual Support and Maintenance Agreement” (ASMA), data conversion, and onsite training 
For more information or to sign up for the Healthcare Technology Program, please call 800.269.3666
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM offers world-class products and services to eyecare professionals, employers, and more than 55 million members through a group of leading companies providing comprehensive eyecare coverage, access to cutting-edge frame styles and brands, design of custom interiors and merchandising systems, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and technologically advanced lab services. With the strength and experience of these companies behind it, VSP Global stands apart and delivers benefits, services, products, and solutions that are unparalleled in the world-wide optical industry.
About Eyefinity®/OfficeMate®
As part of the VSP® family of companies, 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.





Pat McNeil