I recently wrote a blog post about how I would like to see contact lens data and calculations integrated into EMRs. I even went so far to create a little mockup of how it could work.
My intention was to create a concept piece - an idealized look at what the future might, or should, hold for us EMR-using ODs in the trenches.
I’ve received some great feedback from people expressing their frustration that these dreams are not a reality. As a person who has been brainstorming about how this could work for many years, I share that frustration.
However, my deep thinking on this subject has also given me some perspective on why things move slower than we’d like them to. As an optometrist who also writes software I can see both sides of this issue.
So, why can’t EMRs do more fancy things like better integrate contact lens data?