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How Does Having Integrated Audiology Equipment Benefit my Practice?

Diane L. Sabo, PhD, Jeanette Fitzke, AuD

March 13, 2017

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More and more I hear about the importance of having audiology equipment that works together. How does having integrated audiology equipment benefit my practice? 

Answer

Diane Sabo: IT technology and software have revolutionized the business world over the last several decades by automating and bringing together disparate information and data into one system so employees can work more efficiently. The same is now true for the healthcare industry, including hearing care. Audiology equipment that works together streamlines your clinic’s work processes by making it easier to access and process patient data, tests and reports. Integrated audiology software brings all the information from your different devices together. It automates manual processes helping you to eliminate manual data entry and human errors and thereby saves you time. The time save can be used on other more important tasks such as helping more patients or working on other value-adding activities.

Jeanette Fitzke:  Integrated audiology equipment makes good sense. Saving time, ensuring correct data and streamlining your workflow are just some of the benefits of having integrated equipment in your practice. Of course, many clinicians prefer to work with stand-alone audiology equipment but this should not stop you from considering a software package that can work with all your devices. An audiology software program such as OTOsuite® from Otometrics is a good choice.

OTOsuite is the shared interface for all Otometrics hearing assessment and fitting solutions. It makes testing and data management more efficient, accurate and convenient. The user interface is easy to learn and use and it keeps everything you need for the complete patient journey in one place so you can work with your audiometer, video otoscope and immittance devices in one shared interface. It integrates seamlessly with Noah and external Electronic Medical Records (EMR). There is also a reporting feature OTOsuite® REPORTS that makes it easy to create consistent and professional reports. You can read more about practical ways to boost control, efficiency, and confidence in Immittance Testing in our recent interview with Audiology Online.  Further resources can be found on the Otometrics and Audiology Systems Expo Page on AudiologyOnline.


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Diane L. Sabo, PhD

Hearing Screening Program Manager, Audiology Systems

Diane L. Sabo, Ph.D. is a hearing screening program manager at Audiology Systems. Prior to joining the company, has held various managerial positions at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, including that of Coordinator of the Auditory Evoked Potentials and Newborn Hearing Screening Programs and ultimately as Director of  Audiology and Speech Pathology. Most recently she has been an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a consultant for GN Otometrics. She holds various academic appointments and has numerous publications and presentations to her credit.


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Jeanette Fitzke, AuD

Field Development Audiologist

Jeanette Fitzke, Au.D., is the field development audiologist for the Southwest region and is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Jeanette has 17 years of clinical experience prior to joining Otometrics / Audiology Systems. Prior to joining the team, she was most recently working as a Clinical Audiologist at Cigna Medical Group, a multi-specialty clinic. Her work at this location allowed her to work with a variety of age populations and focused on diagnostics, hearing aid services, and vestibular care. Prior to her time with Cigna Medical Group, she worked in hospital and ENT settings where she provided extensive services for pediatrics to geriatrics in vestibular evaluation, pediatrics, eletrophysiological testing, general diagnostics, and hearing aid selection, fitting, and verification. She graduated with her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University in 1998 and completed her Doctorate of Audiology from A.T. Still University in March 2005. She is currently a member of the American Speech Hearing Association and holds her Clinical Certificate of Competency in Audiology.


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