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How Can Audiologists Transition to an EMR-ready Practice?

Lance Brown, Angela Flores, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA, Don Kim, AuD

March 7, 2016

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How can audiologists transition to an EMR (electronic medical record) ready practice?  

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Lance Brown: OTObase, the patient management module by Otometrics, gives audiologists and hearing care professionals a fast and simple way to connect to EMR (Electronic Medical Records). Three options are now available to fit your needs: OTObase® Lite, OTObase® Workstation, and OTObase® EMR/HL7. You can read about OTObase on our website or our interview with AudiologyOnline.

Angela Flores, AuD: Integration is key when choosing an EMR solution for your practice. OTObase utilizes the Noah 4 engine – making it a simple and user-friendly database module for management of audiological data and patient information.  Since OTObase’s interface is very similar to Noah, it takes only minutes to learn the software.  It will integrate with all types of audiology equipment such as audiometers, tympanometers, video otoscopes, diagnostic OAEs and with all major brands.  Finally, test information from each piece of equipment would be available to be integrated into one EMR report.

Don Kim, AuD: By streamlining work processes, clinicians can free up resources for more face-time with patients and improve the quality of patient care. OTObase is compatible with practically all mid-to-large size EMR/EHR systems like Epic, AllScripts™ or AllMeds. It supports HL7, GDT and Noah 4 interfaces. It connects the audiology department to EMR quickly while boosting efficiency throughout your audiology department.

Angela: And now with the OTOsuite® REPORTS feature in the latest version of OTObase, users will be able to import reports from equipment outside of the Noah network, including any PC-based product. The Report Designer is a great feature because it allows the user to create and customize a single page report from several devices.

Don: At Audiology Systems, we continue to develop solutions to support the needs of the audiology in today’s ever-changing professional environment. . In addition to OTObase, the new Software Integration Group (SIG) service is a unique information management solutions specific to hearing care practice management. SIG was founded on more than 25 years of software integration experience.

Lance: Audiologists and practice owners can rest assured that valuable patient and practice information is protected. SIG services support the entire customer experience from equipment installation to computer networking and training, specifically for PC-based and network-compatible audiology equipment. Need Noah networked on all of your computers in your office? We can do that and so much more. SIG  ensures that audiologists and hearing care professionals have a better workflow, secure data  and the optimum PC experience.

SIG representatives evaluate and suggest/install the necessary hardware and software, such as the OTObase software. Exclusive SIG services include: Noah networking and support, database security, disaster prevention, recovery solutions, software installation and customer software training. Read about SIG at audiologysystems.com/sig.


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Lance Brown

Lance Brown is the Director of Software Integration for Audiology Systems and supports the GN Otometrics platform team.  With his twenty-five (25) years of experience in the field, he identified the need for an advanced level of support when equipment began to migrate into the computer age.  Identifying this need, he developed SIG to support customer’s computer needs and bridge that gap between clinician and I.T. support.  Prior to this assignment, Brown helped develop the Audiology Tele-Health platform, served as President of NASED, and was the regional manager in the mid-south of an equipment distributor.  


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Angela Flores, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA

Independent Audiology Consultant

 

Angela Flores, AuD, is an independent consultant for Audiology Services at GN Otometrics. Prior to serving as a consultant to Otometrics, Angela worked clinically with Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida Pediatric Program for over 8 years. More recently, she has worked with Siemens Hearing Instruments in varying roles including director of education and training, senior manager of education and training, and educational specialist positions. During her tenure at Siemens Hearing Instruments, Angela was responsible for the planning and implementation of customer and employee product educational sessions. Her responsibilities also included creating and editing sales and marketing pieces. She has lectured all over the United States, as well as, internationally on varying topics in the hearing healthcare industry.  Angela Flores received her master’s degree in audiology from the University of South Alabama and completed her Clinical Fellow Year at Mayo Clinic. She received her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University in 2009.


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Don Kim, AuD

Field Clinical Audiologist, Otometrics

Don Kim, AuD, is the field development audiologist in the Eastern United States for GN Otometrics.  Dr. Kim has gained experience in a variety of practice and clinical settings. 

He has been the owner of a private practice and the Director of Audiology for several clinics where he has been responsible for the business growth, development of audiology protocols, and optimizing the business/workflow within the clinic.  In addition, his business experience has given him the opportunity to lead two start-ups in the audiology industry.  These experiences have guided Dr. Kim to a career with GN Otometrics. Dr. Kim received his Doctorate in Audiology from East Tennessee State University and his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Birmingham-Southern College.


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