One of the most exciting things about being in the veterinary industry today is the fact that technology is growing and improving by leaps and bounds. As a result, veterinary professionals are able to manage their practices, deliver exceptional medical care and serve their clientele in better, faster and more efficient ways than ever before. Some of the tools that have led the way in this area include IDEXX VetConnect, the new VetConnect PLUS and VIN Veterinary. Let’s take a closer look at each service and how it’s changing and improving the way vet clinics operate.
IDEXX VetConnect & VetConnect PLUS
We are living in a hyper-connected world, which has made a significant impact on the veterinary industry. Today, thanks to advanced technology, we are able to link information systems, share data and perform a wide variety of tasks from anywhere in real-time. The IDEXX VetConnect system is a revolutionary platform for managing patient diagnostic data. The new and improved VetConnect PLUS is designed to support and connect a multitude of different users, including current IDEXX VetConnect users, IDEXX Reference Laboratory users and clinics that have IDEXX in-house analyzers. The main feature of IDEXX VetConnect and VetConnect PLUS is the ability to quickly and easily compare and cross-reference patient diagnostic data to identify trends and deliver better patient care decision making. Additionally, the integrated system also facilitates the following: • View all patient diagnostic data (in-house and reference laboratory) on one screen • Safe, secure and instant access to results anytime, anywhere • Perform side-by-side comparisons and review results trending at the click of a button • Create computerized test requisitions • Gather diagnostic updates • Create and review lab result interpretation summaries • Much more
IDEXX VetConnect and VetConnect PLUS can also be accessed and utilized via smartphone applications, including versions for both Android and iOS devices. What this means for veterinary clients and their pets is faster, more accurate diagnostic test results and better doctor decision making for improved patient care. When clinics use IDEXX VetConnect and VetConnect PLUS, they are able to deliver a higher level of care than they were ever capable of providing before. Not only is this good for pet health, but it’s also important from a practice profitability standpoint. The use of IDEXX VetConnect and VetConnect PLUS and the subsequent patient benefits can be a real differentiator helping vet clinics stand out in a highly competitive field.
Another great platform for collecting, managing and sharing patient information is the Veterinary Information Network, or VIN Veterinary for short. For those not yet familiar, VIN Veterinary is an online network created exclusively for those in the animal health care industry. Currently there are more than 53,000 worldwide members taking advantage of VIN’s many features, including databases, message boards, online proceedings, conference rooms and much more. More notably, VIN Veterinary provides busy veterinary professionals with instant access to vast amounts of up-to-date veterinary information; “breaking news” that affects veterinarians, their patients and their practice; continuing education and the opportunity to network with colleagues of every specialty imaginable. This, like VetConnect, allows vets to deliver better care to their patients while also making their practices more marketable and competitive. VIN Veterinary also features a subsidiary site called VeterinaryPartner, which is for client use. Used in conjunction with VIN, the site is designed to support the vet-client relationship and provide reliable, up-to-date animal health information. As you can see, there are many incredible ways modern veterinary professionals can now access, gather, manage and share information. The resources listed above are just a few of the many available tools that are revolutionizing the way animal health care is delivered. One thing is certain – it’s an exciting time to be in the veterinary industry and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!