Quality Indicators

Newborn screening quality indicators (QIs) are utilized to provide longitudinal comparisons within a program as well as comparisons to aggregate data across programs. These eight QIs have undergone careful, iterative evaluation by stakeholders to assure agreement on definitions.

You are able to download and view these QIs for entry into the data repository. The data dictionary and quality indicator definition template map are also accessible to aid in generating the appropriate data for the QI templates. For more information regarding QIs, including definitions, please view the QI Source Document.

Quality Indicator

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Percent of dried blood spot specimens that were unacceptable due to improper collection and/or transport1, 2
Percent of dried blood spot specimens with at least one missing state-defined essential data field1 upon receipt at the lab.
Percent of eligible newborns not receiving a newborn screen, reported by dried blood spot or point of care screen(s).
Percent of infants that have no recorded final resolution (confirmed diagnosis or diagnosis ruled out by an appropriate medical professional)1 with the newborn screening program.
Timeliness of Newborn Screening Activities
Percent of infants with an out-of-range newborn screen result requiring clinical diagnostic workup by an appropriate medical professional, reported by disorder category1,2
Percent of disorders detected by newborn screening with a confirmed diagnosis by an appropriate medical professional
Percent of missed cases, reported by disorder 1,2