Prevention of hearing loss and hearing health management based on data from software technology

Authors: Karenina S Calarga *1

Affiliations:
Private Practice and Reckitt Company

BACKGROUND
The Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) consists on a set of actions aimed at preventing the triggering or worsening of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Bearing in mind the benefits of a more accurate collective diagnosis, a Web Platform was developed including all the Brazilian legal requirements for the management of the audiologic information and integration with Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) data.

PURPOSE
The goal of this study was to build a Web Platform as a tool that would provide light, intelligent and integrative epidemiology, in order to direct Surveillance in Workers’ Hearing Health.

METHODS
For development, the most relevant indicators were selected to optimize care and direct the promotion of hearing health, so that the generated modules included:
(1) Tools for service optimization: pre-service; audiological exam and occupational follow-up
(2) Tools for optimizing HCP management: automatic data tabulation (epidemiological analysis of any parameter collected); automated graphs and reports, integration with EHS data and the Occupational Health Medical Control Program

RESULTS
After the implementation of the system, there was: (1) optimization of appointments time; (2) improved accuracy; (3) optimization of case follow-up; (4) greater data control, allowing for new exchanges; 5) identification of fixed points (5) (6) preventive actions in partnership with Occupational Safety and Occupational Health; (7) task monitoring by medical management in real time; (8) easy access to information for audits.

CONCLUSIONS
The more accurate diagnosis provided the organization of policies and work processes of the sectors involved, providing an articulated intervention and the planning of more effective hearing health promotion actions. In addition to impacting the quality of care, monitoring and management of the HCP.