Title: 'Washington State’s Enhanced EHDDI Tracking and Surveillance System and Linkage to Part C'
Track: 6 - Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management
Keyword(s): system, integrated, Part C, web application
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify tools that EHDDI programs can use to make their tracking and surveillance systems more efficient and functional.
  2. Explain how integrating with other systems will help ensure infants receive necessary services and facilitate program evaluation.
  3. Describe how pediatric audiologists can use EHDDI web applications to refer infants with hearing loss to Part C.


Robust EHDDI tracking and surveillance systems are critical for ensuring infants receive necessary services and for program evaluation and quality improvement. This presentation will outline recent changes to the Washington State EHDDI system that make it more efficient and functional. Key enhancements that will be addressed include: • Integration with the Newborn Screening Program • Fax automation capabilities • Adaptive authentication to guarantee secure access to the system • An improved online application for audiologists • Direct linkage to Washington’s Part C program This presentation will describe how these changes impacted our follow-up activities and improved the reporting and tracking of newborn hearing screening, diagnostic, and early intervention services. We also want to share our future goals for an even more dynamic system that interacts with Health Information Systems and Exchanges.
Presentation: 1188KarinNeidt.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Karin Neidt - Primary Presenter
Washington State Dept. Of Health
     Credentials: MPH
      Karin Neidt is the Washington State Early Hearing-loss Detection, Diagnosis, and Intervention (EHDDI) Coordinator, implementing and managing the newborn hearing screen follow-up and tracking/surveillance system. Karin previously worked for two years with the Department of Health Newborn Screening Program, consulting health care providers and families in the appropriate follow-up for infants with abnormal screening results. Karin received her Master in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.