HumanInsight Implementation Strategy for Highly-Coordinated Cochlear Implant Care With Remote Programming: The Complete Cochlear Implant Care Model
Otol Neurotol. 2022 Sep 1;43(8):e916-e923. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000003644.
OBJECTIVE: To introduce and discuss implementation strategy for the Complete Cochlear Implant Care (CCIC) model, a highly-coordinated cochlear implant (CI) care delivery model requiring a single on-site visit for preoperative workup, surgery, and postoperative programming.
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, nonrandomized, two-arm clinical trial.
SETTING: Tertiary referral CI center.
PATIENTS: Adults who meet audiologic criteria for cochlear implantation.
INTERVENTIONS: Cochlear implantation, coordinated care delivery, including remote programming.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Care delivery model feasibility and process implementation.
RESULTS: Patients determined to be likely CI candidates based on routine audiometry are eligible for enrollment. The CCIC model uses telemedicine and electronic educational materials to prepare patients for same-day on-site consultation with CI surgery, same or next-day activation, and postoperative remote programming for 12 months. Implementation challenges include overcoming inertia related to the implementation of a new clinical workflow, whereas scalability of the CCIC model is limited by current hardware requirements for remote programming technology. A dedicated CCIC process coordinator is critical for overcoming obstacles in implementation and process improvement through feedback and iterative changes. Team and patient-facing materials are included and should be tailored to fit each unique CI program looking to implement CCIC.
CONCLUSION: The CCIC model has the potential to dramatically streamline hearing healthcare delivery. Implementation requires an adaptive approach, as obstacles may vary according to institutional infrastructure and policies.
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