In collaboration with stakeholders, this opportunity will support the Alaska EHDI program?s work to improve documentation in the EHDI-IS to improve processes and add enhancements to the system. The analysis and outcomes noted by the program, including the addition of patient-level data analysis, will help ensure Alaska children receiving timely diagnosis and early intervention services. The project will optimize the ability of the EHDI-IS to gather, monitor and analyze data though implementing enhancements and upgrades to the processing and reporting capabilities. The program will begin reporting patient-level data sets to CDC and collaborate with CDC to conduct detailed analyses. Prospective areas of analysis include better understanding of why some infants are not receiving follow-up services; identifying areas for improvement in service delivery and tracking; and informed decision making. The project is planned to enhance EHDI-IS functionality through improvements to increase the program?s ability to easily access reports and analyze data to understand the current data issues of loss to follow-up and loss to documentation. This increased capacity to access reliable and accurate data will enable the program to increase their dissemination of information among internal and external stakeholders. The program will collaborate with data reporters and stakeholders to conduct Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) projects. A planned EHDI-IS improvement will provide the program and the facility the ability to have rapid access to reliable data to self-monitor their improvement efforts. Data dissemination with stakeholders is planned to evaluate the effectiveness of the CQI projects and promote understanding of the current strengths and challenges of the EHDI-IS. Several EHDI-IS enhancements are planned for the first year that will increase the standardization and comparability of EHDI follow-up data and allow the program to submit timely patient
level datasets to CDC. The resulting improved access to timely data will be useful in decision making and strategy planning. These strategies and collaboration will allow progress toward meeting the goals of increasing the number of infants who receive a diagnosis by no later than 3 months of age and increasing the number of deaf or hard of hearing children enrolled in EI by no later than six months of age.