The Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs), funded through a cooperative agreement to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) by the Genetic Services Branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides quality improvement initiatives, an innovative data repository and technical resources for newborn screening programs. One current initiative funded through the NewSteps 360 grant, aims to improve the timeliness of Newborn Screening results. The goals of the New STEPS funding are to support states through technical and financial means so that they can achieve timely reporting of results in 95% of newborns that receive dried-blood spot (DBS) newborn screening
Timeliness improvement can consist of implementing electronic data exchange to transmit results to a provider without relying on printing and sending paper reports. JMC has partnered with the Commonwealth of Virginia and New STEPS to create a Resource Guide and Toolkit to assist states with the implementation of electronic test orders and results. This guide will provide states with the necessary tasks and tools for successful implementation. Recently, the JMC team with our partners at Breckenridge Consulting traveled to Richmond, Virginia to meet with stakeholders at a face to face meeting.
We are excited to work with our partners in the Newborn Screening Community to protect the health of newborns across the country.