Lab Matters Spring 2018 - Page 21

newborn screening NBS Programs Get “Building Blocks” to Implement Electronic Data Exchange By Joshua Miller, MPH, research instructor, Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health; Willie Andrews, BSMT (ASCP), director of laboratory operations, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Virginia Public Health Laboratory; Melanie Kourbage, MA, J Michael Consulting; and Mary Kate Yost-Daljev, PhD, J Michael Consulting Physicians and public health professionals agree that the turnaround time for newborn screening (NBS) is critical to positive outcomes. The Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) recognizes that health information technology—specifically electronic test orders and results (ETOR)—can significantly improve turnaround times, increasing the opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment, and avoiding potential irreversible damage for infants at risk of a disorder on state NBS panels. To assist the NBS community members in implementing an electronic data exchange, NewSTEPs worked with the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, J Michael Consulting, ten NBS programs and national stakeholders to develop a new publication, Building Blocks: Newborn Screening Health IT Implementation Guide and Toolkit. The guide is directed to laboratory professionals, project managers, hospital administrators, subject matter experts, nurse managers and other NBS project stakeholders. Building Blocks focuses on HL7 messaging from the perspective of a NBS laboratory implementing ETOR with one or more hospitals. It offers guidance on all phases of implementation, including the technical aspects of data exchange set-up, defining a message profile, managing relationships with stakeholders and budgeting resources and time. Despite the emphasis on HL7 messaging, the recommendations can be applied to any data exchange implementation. PublicHealthLabs @APHL “Building Blocks is valuable to a NBS program at any phase of the electronic data exchange implementation process,” explains Joshua Miller, MPH, epidemiology research instructor at the Colorado School of Public Health. “In the past, programs worked separately to implement electronic data exchange and, as a result, they have reinvented the proverbial wheel. Building Blocks brings guidance, uniformity, clarity and a level of standardization to a complex process.” Building Blocks brings guidance, uniformity, clarity BWfVb7FF&FFF6W&6W72( Ф'VFr&626VFW2&V7@vVVBFVFW2WW2`'FW'6w&VVVG2Bv&6VWG0FVVVBBfƖFFRऄrW76vRFW&֖v7G2Bp7V&V7BGFW"WW'G24W26W6PFRv&&2F6GV7BvǗ606&rFR&&F'( 277FV2FFPW76vRf&B6F7FF&@6FW2BfƖFFRFW7BW76vW2F&fFR&Vv&BW'7V7FfRFRwVFP66VFW266R7GVFW26G&'WFVB'V&W'2bFR%26VGW6W'2&RV6W&vVBF&6FPwVFR( :6'F^( f6FR4PG&FRVFw2W6W'2FfB&VWfB6FVB&Fǒ2&&F&W2&VvF&WfWr@W6RFRwVFRFWvƖVǒFVFgF72FB&RB6fW&VB"FBvV@&VVfBg&&RFWFG&VFVB66&Fvǒ'VFr&62v&RƗfpF7VVBFB2WFVBBWFFV@&W76RFFRVVG2bFR%06VG7W'&VFǒFR'VFr&60FV2FWfVrvV"&6VBfW'6`FRwVFR&p7&r#"EDU%0