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Claris: At the Forefront of Eye Care Technology

There is an urgent need for improved healthcare in this country and one of the places to start is by taking advantage of the computer age and recent trends in technical knowledge.

Having the most experienced, expert doctor -of any kind- wouldn’t mean much if they were not concerned with the value in continuing to learn about new techniques and staying abreast of current trends, resources and information. The team at Claris Eye Care & Surgery believe it’s possible to transform healthcare through the use of innovative eye care technology.

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Integration, in terms of healthcare is a concept which partners inputs, delivery, organization and management of services, in relation to diagnosis, treatment, care and health promotion. At Claris, being at the forefront of medical technology means to improve services in relation to quality care, access, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

Here are some of the ways in which Claris makes it easier for patients to save time, energy and money by implementing the latest technological devices and strategies:

An online patient portal, with NextMD you can access & request personal information from Claris, receive lab results within days of testing, request & confirm appointments, request medication refills, and receive many other documents, notifications & information specifically tailored to you and your condition.

Getting medical records and forms signed electronically has never been so easy- better late than never right? DocuSign supports all main file formats (like Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word & Excel); you can capture documents from your hard drive, or online sites, then you or your signer receive an email message requesting to sign online- signers do not need a DocuSign account to sign and the document is not sent as an attachment- then it’s as simple as clicking sign here and confirming. You can also download or print as needed.

3) eRx
At Claris, 60 % of prescriptions are sent directly to pharmacies electronically, through eRx, allowing for very quick and accurate Rx’s. Some of the other benefits of eRx are: real time alerts on harmful drug-to-drug reaction/allergies, manages formulary of commonly prescribed preferred drugs- so Claris can choose the drug that will cost the least and automatically updates patient’s current medication list.

Compact Touch is a product of Quantel Medical which helps to achieve unrivalled performance in terms of measurements needed to calculate IOL (Intraocular Lens- or the artificial lens that a cataract surgeon places in a patient’s eye after removing the eye’s natural lens) power for cataract surgery. It’s compact and portable, no PC is required and it uses touch-screen. It’s hugely successful due to its exceptional image quality, its compact, lightweight ergonomics and intuitive use.

The Holladay IOL consultant is a “smart” database program allowing for quick and accurate assessments, automatically minimizing prediction error for IOL power calculations every time postoperative results are entered. It can handle an unlimited number of IOL’s , surgeons and patients information.

The NextGen multifaceted line of software products, business services and strategic consulting help Claris in providing high-level care. It includes several modules which help manage: sending claims to insurance, chart documentation and coding of claims for insurance (it even allows for scanning insurance cards and photo ID’s!), importing patient paper records electronically into their chart and with E-pad, allowing patients to sign consent forms on a credit card like device- thus recording it within the patients charts and records.

Phew! That’s an eyeful- and a lot of information to process. You can be sure that as time goes by technology will continue to advance and Claris will be right there at the forefront.

Visit or call Claris Eye Care & Surgery at 612.775.8009 and make your appointment today.

Claris’s Eye Care Specialist, Dr. Keith H. Carlson

Ever notice how as the years go by, the maintenance for our body’s health and wellbeing becomes kind of like, oh, I dunno… like keeping a 1977 Chevy Impala running: It requires maintenance -and fixing one thing after another!
I’ve discovered that “aging gracefully” really boils down to 3 things:
1) Receiving the ‘Right Care’,
2) at the ‘Right Time’
3) with the ‘Right Doctor’.

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Dr. Keith H. Carlson is one of those rare kinds of doctors who have years of experience, multiple awards, high ratings and memberships, but don’t let it go to their heads. He graduated with an MD 30 years ago and has over 20 years of experience. He holds current licenses in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Arizona and has a long list of certifications, including LASIK, LASEK, iLASIK, VISX, Custom Wavefront Laser Vision Correction and small incision multi-focal intraocular lens surgery with ReSTOR and TECNIS multifocal IOLs. His memberships and awards are too numerous to include in this blog, but for a more inclusive list you can visit: Dr. Carlson.


Mayo Clinic

Dr. Carlson did his residency at the Mayo Clinic, which is widely known for being consistently at the top of most accredited quality standard listings. It ranked the 3rd best overall hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. The Mayo Clinic is most famously known for specializing in difficult cases and for the most innovative treatments. This is an excellent example in optimal healthcare and a perfect model for acquiring information about Integrated Care- a concept in healthcare aimed at improving services in relation to access, quality, user satisfaction and efficiency. In creating Claris Eye Care & Surgery Dr. Carlson aimed to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care.

Phillips Eye Institute

Prior to a surgery or treatment, most of us aren’t sitting around thinking about how familiar our doctor is with the facility where it’s taking place. We tend to take it for granted that our physician is comfortable and experienced with the operating room. However, it is not always the case. Many doctors work at several different hospitals. Yet, eye care specialist. Dr. Carlson, performs all of his surgeries exclusively at the distinguished Phillips Eye Institute. The Phillips Eye Institute, which is dedicated to the diagnosis & treatment of eye diseases and disorders, is the 3rd largest eye specialty hospital in the US. You couldn’t dream of being taken care of in a better place for your peace of mind than here.

So now dear reader, it’s probably time to make the ‘Right Choice’.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlson today by calling Claris Eye Care & Surgery at 612.775.8009.