Hearing Device Manufacturers Call for Interoperability and Standardization of Internet and Audiology
2016 (English)In: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY, ISSN 1059-0889, Vol. 25, no 3, 260-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: This article describes the perspectives of hearing device manufacturers regarding the exciting developments that the Internet makes possible. Specifically, it proposes to join forces toward interoperability and standardization of Internet and audiology. Method: A summary of why such a collaborative effort is required is provided from historical and scientific perspectives. A roadmap toward interoperability and standardization is proposed. Results: Information and communication technologies improve the flow of health care data and pave the way to better health care. However, hearing-related products, features, and services are notoriously heterogeneous and incompatible with other health care systems (no interoperability). Standardization is the process of developing and implementing technical standards (e.g., Noah hearing database). All parties involved in interoperability and standardization realize mutual gains by making mutually consistent decisions. De jure (officially endorsed) standards can be developed in collaboration with large national health care systems as well as spokespeople for hearing care professionals and hearing device users. The roadmap covers mutual collaboration; data privacy, security, and ownership; compliance with current regulations; scalability and modularity; and the scope of interoperability and standards. Conclusions: We propose to join forces to pave the way to the interoperable Internet and audiology products, features, and services that the world needs.
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Rockville: American Speech - Language - Hearing Association , 2016. Vol. 25, no 3, 260-263 p.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134313DOI: 10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0014ISI: 000391393400002PubMedID: 27768184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134313DiVA: diva2:1071676