Title: 'TeleAudiology: Taking Diagnostics to the Infant'
Track: 2-Audiological Assessment and Intervention
Audience: Primary Audience: Audiologist
Secondary Audience: State Health Department
Tertiary Audeince: Advocacy Group
Keyword(s): audiology, infant diagnostics, protocol, telemedicine
Learning Objectives: 1.Describe the Hub and Spoke concept of teleaudiology. 2. Identify appropriate software/hardware used to establish a teleaudiology network. 3.Delineate privacy issues that need to be addressed. 4. Identify reimbursement obsticles to be addressed. 5. Describe the benefits of establishing a teleaudiology network.


Capitalizing on the foundation work done in the field of audiology at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University using the internet for diagnostics in 2003-05, NDCPD was awarded a contract with HHS/HRSA to complete a Technical Protocol, a Management Protocol and a Tool Kit that can be used to assist pediatric audiologists in expanding their practice to include distance diagnostics for infants 0-6 months. Several factors have limited the timely diagnosis of infants who have referred after two hearing screenings; limited number of audiologists who are trained and possess the appropriate equipment to diagnose infants and the distance that separates the professional and the patient. The telemedicine network can be used effectively to diagnose infants and reduce the amount of time spent in travel and professional time. This presentation will provide a background of the hardware and software necessary to complete diagnostics and the tools needed to make the practice successful. Hurdles that remain will be outlined and options to navigate these will be discussed. This presentation is meant to develop awareness of the TeleAudiology practice and how it fits into the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) service delivery process. Participants will be encouraged to work within the existing EHDI networks and evaluate how a distance audiology program can best fit their program. The software used on this project is widely available and the network requirements used in ND are available most places in the USA. This presentation will outline the protocols which will be refined over the next several months and be available for distribution at a later date.
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Handouts: Not Available
Neil Scharpe - North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
     Credentials: MS SpEd
     Other Affiliations: Minot State University, Minot, ND
      Neil Scharpe, MS SpEd received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and Special Education from Minot State University, Minot, ND in 1978 and his MS in Special Education with a concentration in severe disabilities in 1982 also from MSU. Mr. Scharpe was employed for 24 years as an administrator of a community rehabilitation program serving people with developmental disabilities. For the past six years Mr. Scharpe has been employed by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities a university center of excellence located at Minot State University. He is the project director of the HRSA funded ND EHDI program and also is project director of the statewide Navigator project to assist consumers in accessing the Affordable Care Act.
Steve Peterson - NDCPD
      Mr. Steve Peterson, Online Disability Services Coordinator,currently directs the NDCPD’s Remote Realtime Online Captioning service, the Connections program and the Mythbusters program. He also serves as Telehealth Coordinator for the Great Plains Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment (GPAST) and TeleAudiology programs. Previous notable NDCPD activities include: Health Systems Policy Analyst for the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, Technical Coordinator for the Internet-based Business Support System and Technical Coordinator for the Rural Disability Services grant (Speech-Language Teletherapy, TeleAudiology). Peterson holds a BS Degree in Medical Technology along with certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and licensure by the North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice. He has 30 years experience in business management and technical consultation in the healthcare field. He was instrumental in the research and development of NDCPD’s Speech/Language Teletherapy program and development of the Flatlands Disability Network.
Thomas Froelich - Minot State University
      Thomas Froelich, MS, CCC-A is an Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders at Minot State University, Minot, ND. Mr. Froelich has served as a clinical audiologist for several years in Grand Forks, ND and also in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Since 1983 he has been an assistant professor of audiology at MSU teaching both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Mr. Froelich was the Principal Investigator on the North Dakota Distance Audiology Project funded by the Dept of Education in 2002-2003. This project laid the groundwork for providing audiology diagnostics via the internet. He is a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the ND Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Mr. Froelich is licensed to practice audiology in ND and serves on the ND Early Hearing Detection and Intervention State Advisory Board.