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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Modified: 05/30/2017

IX. Evaluation of T-A Efforts

a group of TI professionals considering TI options around a conference table

It’s important to document the effectiveness of your Tele-audiology (T-A) effort, demonstrating that T-A is as effective as in-person evaluations while reaching families who otherwise may go without services. “A Systematic Review of Telehealth Applications in Audiology,” [PDF] summarizes the state of efficacy research.

The need for evidence is true for telehealth in general. “Research Recommendations for the American Telemedicine Association” [PDF] offers research guidance to the telehealth community in order to further support and promote the long-term acceptance and use of telehealth. This article highlights two fundamental questions that are relevant to evaluating remote diagnostic audiology:

  1. What are the short- and long-term impacts of telehealth on healthcare costs?
  2. How can telehealth be used to create better healthcare business and management models?