Amanda is a marketing assistant at eMoyo. She earned her BSc undergraduate degree in Human Physiology at the University of Pretoria and recently obtained her Honors degree in Physiology from Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, formerly known as MEDUNSA. With 3 years experience in sales and marketing, she lives by the mantra of being part of the solution to take quality healthcare to those who need it most.
All businesses fall prey to seasonality and audiology is no different. Some months are great and patients seem to pour through the door and it's hard to keep up. Others are dry, with only a few appointments, repairs or follow-ups. It only takes one dry spell watching your bank balance whittled away on running costs to know the panic that sets in.
In our previous post on 6 Steps to Setting Up an Audiology Business we covered the main steps one would take when venturing out into private practice. We briefly touched on the importance of location and its significance to your practices’ success.
Starting up any kind of business is a daunting challenge for many and an audiology practice is no exception. A private practice demands attention, knowledge and stamina as its focus isn’t only for clinical purposes, but for financial too. Apart from the clinical aspect, many of the other factors were either only briefly addressed or, in some cases, not taught at all in grad school.
Tele-audiology is a concept that has been defined and explained excessively in literature. However, there is a paucity of documentation on the practical implementation of tele-audiology in one’s clinic, more especially in the developing world context.
Ensuring accurate and reliable results isn’t always a walk in the park and we all know that the quality of your test results has a direct impact on diagnosis, management and patient outcomes. It’s a multifaceted concept that requires participation from both the patient and the health care practitioner. Tools and methods that help increase your test results fidelity are worth looking into.
Gone are the days when women were confined to the boundaries of the home and household chores. Women are now leading professionals, CEO’s, MD’s and engineers just to name a few. They are continually breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes in society. One such woman is Dr Nandipha Sekeleni. She is the epitome of an all-rounder who inspires young women to reach further and tap into their endless capabilities.
“Success isn’t about how much money you can make, it’s about the difference you can make in people’s lives.”-Michelle Obama.
It’s National Women’s day and what better way to celebrate it than by commemorating women in the field of Audiology. Hearing healthcare professionals are often overlooked and sometimes even underappreciated. However, what many don’t realise is just as the body needs every part to function for optimal health, equally all sectors in health are vital for the success of the healthcare system as a whole.
The second wave of technological disruption is well underway. Like a tsunami headed for the shore, the fourth industrial revolution is not losing momentum. This second wave doesn’t seem as disruptive as the one before it, but it’s one not to be underestimated.
As mentioned in the previous post on Industry 4.0, optimization of computer systems and automation are at the core of this revolution. Bots now display abilities that simulate human behavior with an intelligence never thought of before. Systems in manufacturing are also being improved, accelerating the quantity and quality of their output. Incredible isn’t it? Not only can more be done in less time, but more can be done with less resources spent.
Gone are the days where water wheels and steam engines were the primary source of power. Electricity took over and led the world from the first industrial revolution to the second. This new found power source, electricity, meant that systems could be improved and processes accelerated, paving the way for mass production. However, the establishment of the third revolution saw the influx of disruptive technologies, namely computerization and automation.
The expression ‘less is more’ is not always true. In healthcare, where the output is directly related to the input, the idea that one can yield a greater output with less input is both unreasonable and illogical. In this case, ‘more is more’. But what if we flipped the script and proposed the phrase ‘more is less’. This idea, commonly known as the economies of scales, dates back to the 1700’s. This principle explains the advantages obtained when goods are purchased in large quantities and forms the basis of health care solutions for the masses.
In a time when almost everything in society is either automated or portable, why is it then that certain sectors are being left behind?
The answer to this question isn’t straightforward that’s for sure, but regardless of its nature, it’s one that needs to be addressed.
The digital age marked a time in human history when the transition from traditional industry, i.e. the Industrial Revolution, to the information technology occurred. It defined a period when information was now transferred freely and swiftly. It was the beginning of an age that would not only revolutionize how things are done but how they are shared as well.