March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/15/2016  |   3:45 PM - 4:15 PM   |  Topical Session 8   |  Sunset   |  9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement

Multi-vehicular Pile-ups on the EHDI Information Superhighway

EHDI information systems have been critical in measuring the successes of newborn hearing screening programs and for identification and follow-up of children needing additional testing, as well as for identifying areas for program improvement. However data systems are only as good as the data being entered and the ability of the users and the systems to analyze these data. Some of the many potential problems with EHDI data will be presented. This session will use multiple real life examples of problems and solutions, with cases presented ranging from minor “fender benders,” such as similarly named twins causing file matching errors and common data entry errors, to the program disruptive “multi-vehicular pile-ups,” such as missing data on thousands of records. Potential strategies to prevent or mitigate data disasters will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with their own examples of data problems to share and to be prepared to brainstorm data quality assurance strategies.

  • Describe at least two potential pitfalls of algorithms for matching of records using child’s name.
  • Identify at least one mechanism to monitor for missing data and resolve problems.
  • Design a report to identify common data entry errors.

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Kathryn Aveni (Primary Presenter), New Jersey Department of Health, Kathryn.Aveni@doh.state.nj.us;
Kathryn Aveni received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and BS in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She is a Research Scientist and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health where she has worked since 2002. She also serves as a Regional EHDI Technical Assistant Network Consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.


Financial - Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.