Title: 'WCSWeb – Hearing Link: EHDI Follow-Up and Intervention Tracking'
Track: 6 - Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management
Keyword(s): Tracking, Follow-up, Intervention, Outcome
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe advantages of transparency when documenting EHDI tracking
  2. List 3 key questions to consider when when incorporating tracking history into data systems
  3. Develop strategies for incorporating late-onset/progressive hearing loss outcome measures into existing processes


Many states face the challenge of documenting tracking activities and the results of those tracking efforts in a manner that is transparent and efficient for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. Additionally, more emphasis is being placed on outcomes for hearing impaired children, which has brought about the need for additional documentation and tracking for EHDI programs. EHDI has traditionally focused on early intervention services. However, as programs begin tracking late-onset and/or progressive hearing loss, there is a need to coordinate referrals and measure outcomes with public schools for children over the age of three years. Following input from all stakeholders, an intervention and follow-up module was developed and implemented in WCSWeb – Hearing Link. This follow-up module provides the ability to track intervention referral, eligibility, enrollment, and outcome data for hearing impaired children, including referral to public schools after the age of three years. Additionally, the ability to document the tracking and surveillance efforts of EHDI program staff is encompassed within this module. The follow-up module allows any EHDI program staff member to see all tracking efforts that have been made for a particular child, preventing repetition of work and allowing staff members to efficiently provide coverage for another staff member at any time. This presentation will provide a demonstration of the WCSWeb – Hearing Link Intervention Module, including EHDI follow-up. The benefits of using a transparent system to document program tracking efforts will also be explained. It is anticipated that this information will be helpful to other states as they continue to develop and/or refine EHDI data systems to facilitate more efficient and effective tracking and surveillance following newborn hearing screening.
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Marcia Fort - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
     Credentials: Au.D., CCC-A
      Dr. Fort is the Program Development and Evaluation Manager for the North Carolina EHDI Program. She has worked with the NC EHDI program for 12 years. She has 25 years of experience as a pediatric audiologist in hospital, private practice, ENT office, and public school settings.

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Kathleen Watts - Co-Presenter
Division of Public Health
     Credentials: MA
      Ms. Watts spent over six years working as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at NCHAM. She is now the Progam Manager for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention for the state of North Carolina. She holds a Master's Degree in Health Education. Ms. Watts was employed in schools, hospitals, rural health clinics and private organizations before discovering her vocational passion: EHDI.

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