Mr Peter Böttcher1
1Path Medical, Berlin, Germany
Universal and quality controlled newborn hearing screening program requires a number of prerequisites for a long term, efficient and reliable outcome.
This includes a direct data transfer between instruments and tracking server.
Data transfer via SIM-card technology is to understand as “out of the box” solution, which is independent from any hospital IT-infrastructure.
Data is encrypted and transferred directly from instruments to a central database at the Tracking-Center. Mobile data networks are worldwide available, especially in areas with limited infrastructure.
Moreover, a nationwide screening program requires uniform settings, especially with respect to test-settings, risk-factors, applicable data fields, user-management and user-profiles.
The evolution from one-directional to bi-directional (two-way) data exchange has offered the possibility to configure all connected measuring devices from one central location.
In history when any configuration changes were required the employee had to visit the facility or the device had to be sent back to the service department. With bi-directional communication all settings can be made at the Tracking-Center, generating substantial saving in resources.
Programs in nations with long distances or limited infrastructure cannot provide personal on-site service, if for example a user has changed his or her name or login credentials. But even for distances in smaller regions such as Germany, the system is working more efficiently with bi-directional data exchange.
The independent wireless data transfer can be connected to all existing tracking systems. In combination with pathTrack software the functionality is available in different screening approaches, e.g. in preschool, newborn hearing screening or telemedicine.
The presentation illustrates the advantage of the telemedicine approach in screening programs as it is used in countries with long distances to medical professionals, like Iran, Chile or Mongolia.
Peter Böttcher has worked as project manager for the implementation of a quality-assured universal newborn hearing screening in Hesse, Germany, Ministry of Social Affairs. The results were to a large extent decisive for the nationwide introduction of a mandatory NHS in Germany. He was founder of the Alliance of German Hearing Screening Centers. He exerts as consultant with the introduction of quality assured newborn hearing screening in various countries and works at PATH MEDICAL, Germany (developers of Echo-Screen, AccuScreen, Senti, Sentiero, NavPRO ONE). Peter Böttcher is a member of the WHO Stakeholders Group on Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss.