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Connecting healthcare

In recent years, there has been a definite shift toward the acceptance and use of smartphone technology in the delivery of healthcare. Within the fields of ENT and audiology, there is considerable appeal in the portability, simplicity, affordability, and connectivity...

Healthcare economics and device approvals

We use several FDA-approved devices in our clinical practice but are rarely aware about the stringent procedures followed by manufacturers, as well as the FDA, before the devices become commercially available. The authors of this paper undertook a comprehensive review...

Hearing healthcare in India

With a population of more than a billion people, and an estimated prevalence of hearing loss of somewhere between 5.9% and 16.5%, depending on which definition you use, India has a significant number of hearing impaired individuals. They are served...

Promotion of trust with adult hearing impairment in hearing healthcare

The goal of this study was to assess how trust is promoted among adult hearing impaired patients seeking hearing healthcare. Previous interview transcript data collected from 29 adults across hearing health care centres in four countries was re-analysed thematically in...

Labour rights violations in the manufacture of healthcare goods

Every year trillions of dollars are spent on medical supplies globally. The operating theatre is a significant proportion of this spend, typically accounting for a third of a hospital’s supply costs. When making purchasing decisions consideration is given to value...

mHealth technologies empower users of hearing healthcare

The opportunities provided by mhealth technologies to personalise and encourage user involvement in hearing healthcare has many benefits for adults with hearing loss. Melanie Ferguson explains how mhealth can empower hearing aid users. Connected health is likely to transform hearing...

‘Pen’doscope - writing in a reduction in healthcare delivery costs

Optimal management of cleft lip and palate requires a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment, with the goal being maintenance of facial growth and improvement in speech and hearing, in addition to closure of the cleft. This can be especially challenging...

Prevention is Better than Cure: Learning from Adverse Events in Healthcare

Ian Leistikow has an impressive CV; as Senior Inspector at the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, it is clear he is passionate about advancing...

Audiology in this issue...Connected Health in Audiology: The Future of Hearing Healthcare

Melanie Ferguson, PhD, Head of Audiological Science, National Acoustic Laboratories, Sydney, Australia. E: melanie.ferguson@nal.gov.au Twitter: @Mel_Ferguson1 Danielle Glista, PhD, Assistant Professor, The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University; National Centre for Audiology, Western University,...

Connected hearing healthcare: the realisation of benefit relies on successful clinical implementation

Connected hearing healthcare is the one of best tools for improving access to, as well as the overall quality, of hearing healthcare. Evelyn Davies-Venn and Danielle Glista discuss the benefits and important factors that contribute to successful implementation of this...

A global survey of tracheostomy healthcare provision and patient participation: requirements for improvement

Patients with tracheostomy require comprehensive care which should begin in the preoperative phase and go through immediate postoperative and discharge phases with patient involvement as well. The authors assessed this with a multicentre, cross-sectional survey using a mailing list held...

Facial palsy: What do patients and healthcare care about?

The article describes the process for establishing a collaborative research agenda to address gaps in understanding of the diagnosis, treatment management of facial palsy. A Delphi technique was used in order to establish a facial palsy research agenda. In round...