What Healthcare Can Learn From the Xennials

With the technology explosion that has happened within the Xennial Generation (what’s a Xennial? CLICK HERE),  it’s no wonder healthcare has been slow to adopt new and upcoming technologies.  The influx of what was new and cutting edge is at times difficult to sort through, especially with the rapid development of new tech.   We as healthcare providers are also left with the overwhelming task of not only converting existing and past patient history’s to EMR, but also learning said EMR systems and changing our workflow to accommodate said systems, all while hoping that this technology we are investing so much time and energy in doesn’t be come immediately obsolete.

In case you didn’t click the above link, let me backtrack one moment to define the word Xennial:   “…the generation born between 1982 and 2004, millennials are aged between 13 and 35. The generation before, Gen X, spanned another 20 years, beginning in 1961 and ending in 1981″ (courtesy of the Huff Post).

So now you’re probably thinking, “Great, but this is an audiology blog. What can this possibly have to do with audiology? And why is there a picture of a TV drama called ‘Thirtysomething’ that ran from 1987-1991 in the middle of this blog post?”!  (To be quite honest, I was Googling an image for this post and this is what I came up with for the term ‘thirtysomething’).

We can all take a lesson from these Xennials, as in general this micro-generation has completely embraced the technology boom without letting it consume their lives.  While healthcare in particular is notorious for being slow to change, Xennials have learned to utilize tech to their advantage and see change as an opportunity to better their lives.  In the case of healthcare providers, this of course translates to better patient care.

And now to my point: when it comes to our audiology practice workflow, moving from one piece of stand alone equipment to the next is how the majority of us have been trained.  We hop from the otoscope, tympanometer, audiometer, then to an OAE screener, all while hand writing our test results or (even worse), relaying on thermal paper to print our results, which then need to be taped to the paper test we have been carrying around the testing room. Then when it’s time for hearing aid fitting, we move to another device, re-enter the audiogram, etc. With Otosuite integration of your testing equipment, one PC can control everything, including completely customizable reports.  For more info, check out what Otometrics can offer you by CLICKING HERE.

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Or, if you would like CEUs for learning a little bit more about what Otosuite can offer your clinic, check out our Audiology Online course HERE.

 

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