Does the acuity chart need a separate computer system just to run it or can it be run on the same computer my EMR is run on ?

No, you don’t need a separate computer.

Your EMR computer can be used with an extended monitor.

The extended monitor is mounted either straight ahead of the patient,  (for exam rooms greater than about 9 feet) or behind the patient (with mirrored option, for smaller test rooms)
Once your monitor is mounted you can use your existing computer in 2 different monitor modes.
In Dual Monitor monitor mode
The acuity chart screen is repeated on your EMR computer system.   So you don’t need to turn your head to see the patient monitor and can control the charts with keyboard, mouse, IR Remote Control and iPad Controller.
In Single Monitor mode
This allows you to use your EMR system as normal. The Charts are only displayed on the patient screen.
You can control the Charts in this mode with the IR Remote Controller or the iPad Connect Application.

What operating systems are supported?

Chart2020 for Windows will run on Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Chart2020 Connect is an iPad  application used as a repeater monitor and controller for Chart2020.  It provides an efficient way to interact with the acuity charts and allows you to keep your eye on your patient without the need to turn your head to view once happening on the patient’s monitor.

All you need to know about monitors ?

The monitor in your practice determines the results of your testing, especially when displaying small optotypes, contrast accuracy and color correctness. Because it’s such an important aspect of your testing, it’s critical to make the right choice between a large or small screen, polarized or normal, and the maximum attainable resolution. Both of these have advantages and disadvantages you should take into account when making your choice.

When you need to display small optotypes, your screen should provide a clear and crisp display, and a small monitor is adequate for this purpose. A smaller monitor with a high refresh rate and a high resolution will display with far greater clarity than its larger counterpart with low resolution.

However, when you want to show videos and education media, a large screen would be more suitable. On larger monitors you can also display bigger optotypes for low vision patients as well as more lines of the chart at a time.  With larger monitors you can also test VA and astigmatism without having to switch charts, because you can present optotypes of all sizes at the top of the screen, while displaying an astigmatism target at the bottom of the screen.

In addition to size, you need to decide if you want a screen with a polarized filter. Polarized monitors with passive glasses are useful for testing stereo acuity. Prism testing is also more comfortable for the patient, with polarized image separation than with color separation.

These are just some of the factors you need to take into account when you consider which screen is the best for your practice.

Mirrored setup in small testing rooms

In small testing rooms, you want to use a system which can be set up to use a mirrored option. For short lanes, with a patient viewing a mirrored image of the computer monitor (which is placed behind the head of the patient), software needs to allow for all images to be flipped for correct viewing.  When this option is used, it’s important that the charts on the repeater monitor don’t get flipped too – the doctor will need to view the monitor in normal mode.

Why a LITE and PRO version?

Many customers have spent years using a low tech bulb projector or even a printed / faded / dog-eared acuity chart on the wall and simply are not interested in the fancy test methods included with our PRO product such as support of polaroid dissociation for binocularity testing stereo acuity at distance.

Additionally, many general practice physicians, school nurses and occupational settings just plain don’t care a whit about fusion and phorias but want a low-cost, high-tech solution for visual acuity testing and … TA DA, LITE is born.

Ever wanted a professional grade acuity test you could run on Microsoft Surface and take with you to screenings?

I'd like to buy my own Windows PC for Chart2020. What are the minimum hardware requirements?

Dell Chart2020If you want to run Chart2020 on your Windows 7, 8 or 10 PC, here’s what it takes:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Click below for more information from Microsoft.

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How do I get updates / do I have the latest version of Chart2020?

overlay - update chart2020If Chart2020 is connected to the internet, the application automatically checks for updates on start up from the Shemesh server. If one is found, it is auto downloaded and asks you if you would like to install. Additionally, within the application you may select the Preferences Icon on the left System Dock and browse to the software section to manually download.

Note that updates are available without charge during the warranty period and any ShemeshCare maintenance period. Contact Customer Support for more information.

Where would I find the Instructions for Use for the latest release?

Chart_2020Click on the Preferences Icon on the left System Dock, and it will open the Preference and Chart Editor Window. Then press on the Tools Icon at the top of the window. Look to the right hand side of the screen for the Initial Setup Instructions Icon. This is where you will always find the latest release’s instruction for use manual.

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How do I control Chart2020 that I have installed on my own PC?

Chart2020 Controls 2Chart2020 has the industry’s most flexible control platform. You can control the application with a keyboard, mouse, custom remote, iPAD app (Chart2020 CONNECT from iTunes), or even an AppleTV remote.

Chart2020 Controls 1They can be used individually or interchangeably. Powerfully simple.

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How do I use the AppleTV remote with Chart2020?

AppleTV remote numberedThe AppleTV remote communicates with the Chart2020 IR receiver.

Minimalist, but still powerful.
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