Online Practice Management Software from EtherMachine Provides Affordable Practice Startup Opportunities

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from EtherMachine

    YPSILANTI, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For any optometric professional,
 starting a new practice creates a seemingly endless list of expenses.  Dr.
 Cynthia Payne, O.D., found a way to cut part of those costs by choosing an
 online practice management software solution.
     Dr. Payne started her Antioch, Tenn. practice on November 19, 2000.  Right
 from the start, she used SoftPractice O.D. (www.softpractice.com ), an online
 practice management solution offered by EtherMachine of Ann Arbor, MI.
     "I've used paper-based systems in the past," Payne said.  "SoftPractice
 works really well.  It's going to be much better for our recall system.  It's
 also better for looking at our income and billing."
     Like anyone starting a new office, Dr. Payne looked at several software
 packages before settling on SoftPractice, which costs $149 per month.  That
 flat monthly rate includes unlimited doctors, unlimited workstations, all
 customer support, all upgrades and all modules, providing Dr. Payne with a
 very low-cost solution.
     "Economically, SoftPractice was much better," Payne said.  "The doctor
 here before me used OfficeMate, and we looked at a couple of other solutions.
 All of those systems have extra stuff you pay for whether you use them or not.
 If you're starting up and you've got the cost of contact lenses, supplies and
 other equipment, SoftPractice is much easier to make a payment on."
     Additionally, SoftPractice incurred no training costs.  Dr. Payne and her
 staff started a 30-day free trial, and used that same database when she signed
 up for the service.
     SoftPractice is the first Internet-based practice management system
 specifically designed for the optometry and ophthalmology industries.
 SoftPractice runs on any machine equipped with Internet access and a standard
 Web browser.
     Payne added that the Internet-based nature of SoftPractice adds
 functionality she could never have with a paper-based system, or most other
 software solutions.
     "My staff can work on recall lists at home if they want to get the extra
 hours in," Dr. Payne said.  "Being able to work at home allows me to do
 practice-analysis that I don't have time to do at the office.  Because it's
 Internet-based, we don't have to worry about keeping the information on our
 hard drives -- that gives us major peace-of-mind and lets us concentrate on
 our patients."
 
 

SOURCE EtherMachine
    YPSILANTI, Mich., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- For any optometric professional,
 starting a new practice creates a seemingly endless list of expenses.  Dr.
 Cynthia Payne, O.D., found a way to cut part of those costs by choosing an
 online practice management software solution.
     Dr. Payne started her Antioch, Tenn. practice on November 19, 2000.  Right
 from the start, she used SoftPractice O.D. (www.softpractice.com ), an online
 practice management solution offered by EtherMachine of Ann Arbor, MI.
     "I've used paper-based systems in the past," Payne said.  "SoftPractice
 works really well.  It's going to be much better for our recall system.  It's
 also better for looking at our income and billing."
     Like anyone starting a new office, Dr. Payne looked at several software
 packages before settling on SoftPractice, which costs $149 per month.  That
 flat monthly rate includes unlimited doctors, unlimited workstations, all
 customer support, all upgrades and all modules, providing Dr. Payne with a
 very low-cost solution.
     "Economically, SoftPractice was much better," Payne said.  "The doctor
 here before me used OfficeMate, and we looked at a couple of other solutions.
 All of those systems have extra stuff you pay for whether you use them or not.
 If you're starting up and you've got the cost of contact lenses, supplies and
 other equipment, SoftPractice is much easier to make a payment on."
     Additionally, SoftPractice incurred no training costs.  Dr. Payne and her
 staff started a 30-day free trial, and used that same database when she signed
 up for the service.
     SoftPractice is the first Internet-based practice management system
 specifically designed for the optometry and ophthalmology industries.
 SoftPractice runs on any machine equipped with Internet access and a standard
 Web browser.
     Payne added that the Internet-based nature of SoftPractice adds
 functionality she could never have with a paper-based system, or most other
 software solutions.
     "My staff can work on recall lists at home if they want to get the extra
 hours in," Dr. Payne said.  "Being able to work at home allows me to do
 practice-analysis that I don't have time to do at the office.  Because it's
 Internet-based, we don't have to worry about keeping the information on our
 hard drives -- that gives us major peace-of-mind and lets us concentrate on
 our patients."
 
 SOURCE  EtherMachine