Speak2See app is now on the app store!
Speak to See LLC Introduces a “Visual Hearing” Application that Facilitates Patient/Care Giver Communication for Those who are Hard of Hearing.
For medical professionals and family members who are caring for an increasingly elderly population, Speak to See, is an exciting new “visual hearing” application that alleviates the struggle of communicating with those who are hard of hearing. The application was developed by a long term care physician in response to the daily difficulties of communicating with aging patients and provides a practical and thoughtful interface that has been the result of 25 years of patient care.
The application interface is simple. Use either the pre-loaded questions or speak your own into your i-phone or i-pad, which instantly magnifies the text to full screen, allowing the hard of hearing patient to read and instantly respond. To clear and move to the next question all it takes is a simple shake of the phone, allowing for fluid and seamless patient interaction avoiding the disruptive typing that has increasingly been associated with electronic charting.
The initial idea for the application came from seeing many hard of hearing patients says the inventor, Dr. Thomas E. Dahlberg. “It’s difficult when you can’t communicate with your patients. You either end up gathering insufficient information or spend time uncomfortably yelling until the patient can hear. So far patients have responded immediately to the large text, answering questions with more detail and self assurance. I have been able to communicate more effectively and efficiently with patients I’ve been seeing for 15 years, and as a result I believe I’ve been able to deliver better patient care.”
Speak to See is a small, but significant example of a positive application for emerging technology in the medical field and its ability to enhance communication through real-time interactions. Not only does Speak to See stand to increase the efficiency of patient care as well as the quality of the experience for doctors and nurses, but it can be a valuable tool for families caring for aging parents at home. As a facilitator of communication, Speak to See’s primary objective is to enhance the general quality of life for patients, care takers, and loved ones surrounding—a refreshing goal and hopefully only the beginning of many more practical uses for technology and patient care in the future.
About Speak to See: the application includes pre-loaded questions that cover basic HMI etc.