Forget about more daylight hours in Spring…There’s simply never enough time in the day to take care of ALL the things on your “ To Do” list!
No time for a phone call to your physicians ‘office? Can’t go after work hours to swing by and pick up important documents from your doctors office? Now you can use a patient portal and within seconds be communicating directly with your physician! Patient portal? Sounds like something from a Star Trek episode right?
A patient portal is simply a secure, healthcare related, online application. And with the recent spotlight being on advanced technology in healthcare, Claris Eye Care & Surgery saw this as yet another way to provide better service and care for their patients. Now it’s beyond easy to connect with Claris Eye Care & Surgery 24 hours a day conveniently from your home or office.
Claris Eye Care & Surgery uses NextMD, online patient portal which allow patients remote electronic access to their records, and the ability to communicate directly with their physician and clinical staff. The NextMD technology allows your doctor to use a single server (unlike emails which use multiple servers over the internet) secured by both a firewall and 128-bit encryption. The secured system has a password protected log-in that you receive upon registering for the service, allowing you direct access and safeguarding your privacy. In the years past, a considerable amount of patients’ health information was never communicated to or easily accessed directly by the patient. Not anymore!
The real value of an EMR and an online patient portal is the patient centered clinical support and improved communication. A home bound, sick or infirmed patient will surely see this new tool as a huge relief. I’ve had quite a few surgeries myself and have found it necessary to be in frequent contact with my physicians’ offices, which can be exhausting. Also, if you are like me, you probably find it easier to write down what you really want to discuss with your doctor because sometimes the subject matter -or even just an office visit- can make me too nervous to remember all of my questions.
How Do I Sign Up?
You can sign up for Next MD by visiting the Claris website and filling out the enrollment form (electronically of course!). After processing the form, Claris will give you an enrollment token, which you will then use to activate your personal NextMD account.
Once you have enrolled you will be able to do a variety of new things from your very own computer:
- Send and receive private, secure email messages to Dr. Carlson and staff
- Request optical prescriptions, medication refills, lab results and make or confirm appointments
- Research and print information you may be seeking regarding the eye and other current medical topics
Lastly, it is important to note that if you are ever experiencing acute pain or profound vision loss, please do not send a message via NextMD. Instead call Claris Eye Care & Surgery immediately at 612.775.8009, or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care clinic.