Project Abstract SummaryProject Title: Improving Timely Documentation, Reporting, and Analysis of Diagnostic and Intervention Data through Optimization of EHDI Surveillance Practices and Information Systems Applicant Name: Kansas Department of Health and Environment/SoundBeginningsAddress: 1000 SW Jackson St, Ste. 220, Topeka KS 66612Project Director: Elizabeth SchardineContact: Elizabeth Schardine, M.A., Audiologist Voice: 785-368-7167 Fax: 785-559-4240Email Address: Elizabeth.Schardine@ks.govWeb Site: www.soundbeginnings.orgGrant program funds requested: $160,000Ninety Nine percent of infants born in Kansas receive a hearing screen prior to discharge from the birthing facility and/or by one month of age. These initial hearing screen results are submitted through the electronic birth certificate system by the birthing facility and are uploaded daily into the EHDI-Information System (EHDI-IS). Outpatient and diagnostic results are submitted by the birthing facility or audiologist through EHDI-IS or via fax and email. Kansas continues to face challenges in receiving outpatient and diagnostic results in a timely and accurate manner. The referral and verification of Early Intervention enrollment is a timely process and requires the EHDI staff to access and monitor the Kansas Infant Toddler Services (KITS) database on a regular basis to ensure that families are contacted, the assessment is taking place and an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is executed. Every child residing in Kansas, regardless of the degree or type of hearing loss is eligible for early intervention services.The purpose of the application is to improve the timeliness submission of outpatient follow-up and diagnostic results, improve the referral process, monitoring and data collection of services for deaf and hard of hearing children, and to develop an integration with early childhood data systems. By the end of the project period, EHDI expects improved documentation
of outpatient and diagnostic results from birthing facilities and audiologist, an improved referral and reporting system for early intervention services, and improved documentation of intervention enrollment status and family support engagement. These efforts are expected to increase the percentage of infants receiving timely diagnosis and enrollment into early intervention. EHDI will initiate a collaborated effort to integrate with other statewide early childhood data systems. The University of Kansas will lead and provide contracted efforts to develop strategic actions and data analysis to evaluate the EHDI program. The EHDI-IS will be evaluated and the appropriate enhancements will be made to ensure clean accurate data is being extracted and used for the dissemination of reports to internal and external stakeholdersThe EHDI Program will collaborate with EHDI stakeholders to accomplish the project goals and objectives.