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How Can Otobase Help Practices Meet Audiology Health IT Needs?

Lance Brown, Kathleen Hill, Mona Dworsack-Dodge, AuD

February 4, 2019

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Question

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an ongoing initiative in the healthcare landscape today. What is Otobase® and how does it help practices meet audiology health IT needs?

Answer

Lance Brown: The Otobase® EMR connector by Otometrics is designed to bring audiology into the EMR/EHR. We discussed this in detail in one of our past interviews “EMR Connectivity Made Easy”. Otobase integrates audiology patient data electronically with commonly used systems like EPIC, AllScripts and AllMeds. It works seamlessly with the Noah database or as a standalone database with Otosuite®.

Kathleen Hill: That’s the beauty of Otobase―it works with software platforms clinics may already use. Because Otobase is Noah-compatible, it can support patient data management for all major audiology equipment and systems. Otobase is actually the only EMR solution today that can connect your complete audiology workflow to EMR―allowing you to access and manage test data seamlessly for otoscopy, audiometry, OAE, tympanometry, PMM and beyond. When all systems work together like that, you can really save time and streamline your workflow.

Mona Dworsack: Otobase EMR integration automates record-keeping so you and your staff can manage audiology patient data from one easy-to-use application. Integration can increase productivity and save valuable clinician time while minimizing room for data errors and reducing manual processes. Less time spent on administrative work―like printing, scanning and uploading PDF documents―means audiologists have more time to spend with patients.

Lance: If an audiology clinic is part of a group or health care system, Otobase is a simple and secure way to connect to EMR/EHR. Implementing Otobase EMR will allow managers and users to access audiology patient data across multiple locations or specialties—including audiology/ENT, pediatrics, newborn care, neurology, balance, and physical therapy clinics.

This Ask the Expert is an excerpt from the interview, Navigating Audiology Health IT and Patient Data Integration​. For more information please visit please visit otometrics.us​ or the Otometrics Partner Page on AudiologyOnline. 


lance brown

Lance Brown

Director of Software Integration

Lance Brown served 4 years with the United States Air Force following his studies at the University of Memphis.  Brown then began his career in hearing health as the regional sales manager at a national distribution company for 20 years.  During that time, he was a board member of the National Association of Equipment Distributors (NASED), where he served as President from 2005-2009, and led a national organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards for hearing testing equipment. In 2011, Brown joined Otometrics and helped build a new distribution company, Audiology Systems, where he worked in multiple capacities.  With Otometrics, Brown began constructing the infrastructure that would later be known as the Software Integration Group (SIG) where he now serves as the Director. SIG offers software and services solutions allowing audiologists to connect their equipment to local and wide area networks and connect with their electronic medical records (EMR).


kathleen hill

Kathleen Hill

Director of Commercial and Education Development

Kathleen Hill, Au.D., is the Director of Commercial and Education Development at Otometrics.  She is responsible for overseeing the education and training program for Otometrics employees, distributors and business partners.  

Dr. Hill joined Otometrics from Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, where she worked as an audiologist.  Prior to that, she was the audiology manager at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital), also in Chicago.  Dr. Hill relocated to Chicago from St. Louis, where she was the audiology supervisor at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  She has been a program professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; she has also been in private practice.

Dr. Hill earned her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders/deaf education from the Texas Woman’s University and her doctor of audiology degree from Central Michigan University.


mona dworsack dodge

Mona Dworsack-Dodge, AuD

Director of Market Management and Audiology, Otometrics/Audiology Systems

Mona Dworsack-Dodge, Au.D. is Director of Market Management and Audiology for GN Otometrics and Audiology Systems where she leads the marketing, inside sales, clinical support audiology, field development audiology, education and training, and hearing screening teams. Mona was previously based in Otometrics Denmark, where as senior audiologist and product manager she was part of the development team for the AURICAL product, among others. Prior to her tenure at Otometrics Denmark, Dr. Dworsack-Dodge served as coordinator of electrophysiology and director of the newborn hearing screening program at UCLA Medical Center.  Mona holds a Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in communication disorders, from Arizona State University.  Mona served as a committee member for the American Academy of Audiology’s Audiologic Guidelines for the Assessment of Hearing in Infants and Young Children; released in August 2012.

 


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