Evaluating Data Quality of Newborn Hearing Screening
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Evaluating Data Quality of Newborn Hearing Screening

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    J Early Hear Detect Interv
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    Jurisdictional-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Information Systems (EHDI-IS) collect data on the hearing screening and follow-up status of infants across the United States. These systems serve as tools that assist EHDI programs’ staff and partners in their tracking activities and provide a variety of data reports to help ensure that all children who are deaf/hard of hearing (DHH) are identified early and receive recommended intervention services. The quality and timeliness of the data collected with these systems are crucial to effectively meeting these goals.


    Forty-eight EHDI programs, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), successfully evaluated the accuracy, completeness, uniqueness, and timeliness of the hearing screening data as well as the acceptability (i.e., willingness to report) of the EHDI-IS among data reporters (2013–2016). This article describes the evaluations conducted and presents the findings from these evaluation activities.


    Most state EHDI programs are receiving newborn hearing screening results from hospitals and birthing facilities in a consistent way and data reporters are willing to report according to established protocols. However, additional efforts are needed to improve the accuracy and completeness of reported demographic data, results from infants transferred from other hospitals, and results from infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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