According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project - an organization that publishes longitudinal hospital care data in the US - hospital inpatient care accounts for more than one-third of the total cost of healthcare in the United States. This makes it a significant driver in the rising cost of managing disease. Although hospital inpatient stays are on the decline for many population groups, there is relentless pressure to increase the value and efficiency of a patient’s time spent in a hospital. Efficiency initiatives are evident in every area of a hospital. The audiology department is no exception.
Today’s ever-present focus on doing more with less – less people, less money, less capital equipment and less hassle – exists in every business, but especially in healthcare. In the hearing care business, hospitals, physicians’ offices and private practice owners face these challenges too as they strive to serve more patients with hearing loss in satellite clinics and multiple office locations.
Hearing loss is an invisible disability and as such, it is hard to recognize without proper screening. However, the improvements made by treatment are so dramatic that it is well worth the effort to identify appropriate patients. Out of the 2,100 children screened over 10 days on this mission, 34 were identified with hearing loss and 12 were candidates for further hearing rehabilitation. There is no question that their lives have been positively altered as a result.
This article is a short Q & A session with our in-house Audiologist, Renée Lefrançois. Today, we are discussing Assisted Mode testing using SHOEBOX Audiometry. SHOEBOX is the first clinically validated iPad Audiometer, and the only one to offer Assisted Mode testing.
REACT, a patent-pending technology available only in SHOEBOX Audiometry ensures test accuracy by continuously monitoring for conditions such as patient response behavior and environmental conditions. The dynamic reactions replace the manual adjustments the audiologist would make during testing.