Can anyone describe what Zeiss Forum is and what it does? Do we need to have Zeiss instruments in order to use this integration?
Thank you for your response.
I believe that FORUM is a software developed for storing image and test data from various machines in one central location so as to streamline the review process and give the doc more freedom in terms of analysis, side by side comparisons, and the ease of electronically sharing that information with patients and other providers.. It is definately not an essential optometry practice tool, but rather a luxery item that increases the overall aesthetic for patients and provides ease of use to the doc. I believe it will integrate with some non-ziess instruments such as the Optomap and other retinal imaging machines but I am not entirely sure. Obviously it will be catered towards Zeiss machinery though. We have considered it before, but the cost of the software, and at the time you had to buy individual computer liscenses, did not provide enough utility to make financial sense. Unlike investing in new equipment, the viewing software is a nice luxery but it does not offer a return on investment in terms of revenue unless you include the bump in effeciency.. The honest truth is though that Crystal has the files page where you can quickly que up OCT/VF scans youve done in the past and optomaps own viewing software is quite robust...Bottom line, in my opinion, FORUM is a bit overboard unless your goal is to have a very tech-forward practice.. Large TVs in every room that can throw up test results and photos for you to go over with patients is an awesome idea, and if your willing to invest in that type of environment and that is the aesthetic you are reaching for then maybe its worth looking into.. If not I would probably not make the jump