Best Practices - Hearing Neonatal Screening


... The system supporting the universal screening process applied to the hearing of new-born population

The Hearing Neonatal Screening, if systematically practiced, will dramatically help to face childhood deafness. Regione Calabria Health Care Department is starting this practice at all Public Healthcare Service structures, having neonatology and neonatal intensive care units.

The IT solution implemented by IFM provides an all-phases screening assistance, from prescribed tests execution to definition of therapeutic and rehabilitation process.

The entered data are merged in a single regional data base, so allowing the monitoring of statistical incidence of hearing disorders and treatments put in place to tackle the evolution of hearing impaired phenomena.


So far , all neonatal regional structures can start a process, that, in case of pathological reports, allows to assign the patients to a second level audiological center, that, after the execution of some specific tests of its own exclusive competence, provides to issue a detailed and timely diagnosis. Following the diagnosis, the healthcare structures certified as competence centers are promptly alerted and provide to set the proper therapeutic and rehabilitation process and, thereafter, to monitor it.

In addition to trace screening protocol, the system allows to record, if any, all other instrumental investigations ordered by medical personnel and other health services supporting main process. Moreover, the system allows a lean and secure communication exchange between involved health operators, within regional network, for any consultation’s need. The application-embedded document management system enables a documents exchange supporting healthcare services, referred to specific screening records.

The current stage of the global project is involving exclusively healthcare structures and the in charge personnel. The next stage will open the screening management to other external actors, with different levels of visibility and accessibility, as pediatricians and parents of the young patients, in order to increase the dialogue and involvement level of other crucial subjects; indeed, these external figures play a key role within the screening process, in terms of health surveillance and active participation to therapeutic and rehabilitation phase. The system, in fact, exploits an exclusive thematic portal and is designed to enable external users to use specific functionalities, filtered by a complex and reliable registering and profiling mechanism.