The Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI-IS)is eligible to apply for the current CDC Notice of Funding Opportunity of ?Improving Timely Documentation, Reporting and Analysis of Diagnostic and Intervention Data through Optimization of EHDI Surveillance Practices and Information System? based on several key parameters. The Indiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is administered through the Genomics Newborn Screening program (GNBS) in the division of Maternal and Children?s Health (MCH) at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Indiana has approximately 80,000 resident births per year to meet the minimum requirement of 5000 births per year. In addition, our current data collection system, EHDI Alert Response System (EARS) allows Indiana EHDI-IS to currently collect all of the Tier 1 and 90% of Tier 2 data without information technology staff intervention. Vital records confirmation of the number of resident births and EHDI program?s ability to collect Tier 1 data in EARS is included with this application. This current CDC Notice of Funding will support Indiana EHDI?s ability to expand the collection and analysis of patient level data from newborn hearing screening through identification of children who are deaf and hard of hearing children and enrollment in early intervention services (Indiana First Steps). Indiana EHDI-IS engages in stakeholder engagement and staff member collaboration to provide continued program evaluation and monitoring toward overall goals of ?1-3-6? and will include new goals based on this project. The four strategies in this project include: 1.Enhancing EHDI-IS through system optimization2.Engaging stakeholders in the tracking and reporting processes and provide technical assistance during the reporting process. 3.Maintain quality of the data to lead strategic actions for continuous program improvement through data analysis and evaluation; and 4.Develop data report
s and disseminate information among key stakeholders. The expected outcomes for this project include: 1.Use of timely and complete patient level data among EHDI programs for tracking and to inform decision making; 2.Increase the number of infants who receive a diagnostic evaluation no later than three months (for babies who do not pass newborn hearing screenings; and 3.Increase enrollment in early intervention services no later than six months of age, for infants who are identified as deaf or hard of hearing. A Project Narrative, organizational capacity, work plan and budget will be submitted to support Indiana EHDI?s efforts for this current CDC funding opportunity.