Pediatric Care in the Digital Age: Benefits of Software Integration
By: Keeley Moore, MA, Angela Flores, AuD, and Ole Jensen
The goal of a pediatric hearing test is to obtain information regarding hearing sensitivity from young children who are unable to react in the same manner that older children and adults are able to respond. While efficiency is crucial when testing infants and young children, there are specific challenges associated with behavioral audiometric testing and pediatric fitting. Children, in general, have a limited attention span. Several studies indicate that children below two years of age will usually participate readily for only about 10 to 50 trials prior to onset of fatigue and distractibility (Moore, Thompson and Thompson, 1975; Trehub, Schneider and Endman, 1980; Primus, 1987; Thompson, Thompson and Vethivelu, 1989). In addition, they require training to perform certain tests, and fatigue or habituate rapidly. In some cases, children have special needs, developmental delays and/or family matters that can contribute to the difficulty of testing such a population.
IDENTIFYING WORKFLOW EFFICIENCIES
Software-based diagnostic equipment allows the clinician to work quickly and accurately − not only as a diagnostician but also as a counselor and service coordinator. There are practical benefits to working within a software-based environment such as OTOsuite®. Because OTOsuite can support your full assessment and fitting workflow, it minimizes the clerical burden associated with recording patient data as is needed with standalone devices. For example, repeatedly recording the patient data for every test takes away valuable testing and counseling time. In contrast, when performing tests within an integrated hearing care platform, demographic information (i.e. name, age, gender, etc.) can be transferred automatically via a database such as Noah, OTObaseTM, and other compatible patient management modules.
Considering all the steps that potentially contribute to a lengthy evaluation process, operating equipment should not be another challenge for clinicians to overcome. In the age of technological developments in hearing healthcare, software integration for assessment and fitting allows for a more streamlined process. The availability of tools specially designed for pediatrics can promote efficiency and patient-focused hearing care. Intuitive equipment ensures that accurate and sufficient information is gathered regarding the child’s hearing status in the most efficient manner while at the same time minimizing errors. Software integration technology allows for wireless flexibility and enhanced efficiency when testing and fitting children. By utilizing an integrated system to support the full patient journey, audiologists can streamline their workflow and spend more time counseling patients and families.
For more information about efficient workflows utilizing computer based technologies, please visit http://www.audiologysystems.com or visit the full article in Audiology Today – Mar/Apr 2016 v 28(2) pg 46 or online at http://online.qmags.com/AT0316?sessionID=D8404E0ABF0190BEA180257B7&cid=3102486&eid=19757#pg50&mode2