AOA talks membership and MORE

AOA talks membership and MORE

Optometry's Meeting® attendees ask questions at Colleague to Colleague, an open forum with the AOA Board of Trustees.

Optometry's Meeting® day three was all about networking, learning and joining a revolutionary new tool for optometric care.

"When something is right for patient care and for the profession, we stand together and work together to support the cause, and this is one of those causes."

From the Optometric Educators Exchange and alumni receptions in the evening, to the first full day touring the Exhibit Hall and logging valuable continuing education (CE) hours, attendees had a wealth of offerings to experience. And below are several highlights from the day that your colleagues are sure to be talking about:

The future is now—AOA MORE

AOA's milestone clinical registry launched with a stirring response as Optometry's Meeting attendees became the first to explore and sign up for the new benefit.

(Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) by Prometheus Research took the spotlight in Thursday's AOA House of Delegates session as the Quality Improvement and Registries Committee introduced the game-changing database to state affiliates with a lively launch presentation.

The secure, private database systematically aggregates anonymous patient data from multiple electronic health record (EHR) systems and facilitates secondary uses of the data to help enhance outcomes, procedures and standards of practice.

Jeff Michaels, O.D., Quality Improvement and Registries Committee chair, said during the launch: "Today optometry reaches another historic milestone, not unlike achieving diagnostics, therapeutics and therapies such as lasers and surgical scope expansion. When something is right for patient care and for the profession, we stand together and work together to support the cause, and this is one of those causes."

The eagerness spilled over into AOA Central where conference attendees visited the AOA MORE booth to receive tutorials, view screenshots and complete registry sign-ups.

AOA MORE launches with three participating EHR systems, and three additional systems recently committed and will be included shortly in upcoming program releases. The registry is an AOA-member benefit to those who are current with their dues, and will be available to non-AOA members for a $1,800 per year fee.

Click here
to visit the new AOA MORE webpage for more information.

Open discussion with AOA board
AOA MORE was also a popular topic of conversation during the second-ever Colleague to Colleague forum with the AOA Board of Trustees. Open to all attendees for continuing education CE credit this year, the board fielded questions ranging from advocacy and legislation, to the profession's future and more.

Each trustee reviewed current AOA and optometric issues, including:

In regard to transitioning students from AOSA to AOA membership, Barbara L. Horn, O.D., board trustee, discussed a new project team that is investigating ways to make the move more seamless. It was noted that students attending the AOA's annual Congressional Advocacy Conference have a higher rate of membership transition, and because of that a new student summit will take place at Optometry's Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C., to connect students with optometry's advocates.

"We're looking forward to getting students there, and showing them what membership and advocacy is about for our profession," Dr. Horn said.

Connect with Optometry's Meeting daily 
Couldn't make it to Seattle? Although there's no substitute for the real thing, you can catch a glimpse of Optometry's Meeting and stay engaged with the latest happenings via AOA's online coverage. 

Visit for daily news coverage and photos. And see all that's trending at #OM2015 on AOA's dedicated social media roundup page.

June 27, 2015

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