Covid boosts practice tech

Technology for sterilising frames topped optometrists’ purchase list following the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, according to a survey by US-based online business magazine Women in Optometry. 


In total, 52% of respondents said they had made additional technology investments related to the pandemic. Purchasing priorities included technology for sterilising frames between patient visits (75%)diagnostic instruments to allow better social distancing (50%)kiosks for taking patients’ temperatures (40%); telemedicine applications (35%); and electronic medical records to enable work-at-home options (20%). 


Some respondents also added a remote receptionist, electronic forms to fill out in advance of visits and neuro-lens technology to help patients who were spending more time at home and on devices.  



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