Quality Indicators (QI)

Newborn Screening Quality Indicators have undergone careful, iterative evaluation by stakeholders to assure agreement on definitions. These will be used to provide longitudinal comparisons within a program as well as comparisons to aggregate data across programs. These eight Quality Indicators will be updated within the NewSTEPs Data Repository.   

Quality Indicator 1: Percent of dried blood spot specimens that were unacceptable due to improper collection and/or transport.
Quality Indicator 2: Percent of dried blood spot specimens with at least one missing state-defined essential data field upon receipt at the lab.
Quality Indicator 3: Percent of eligible newborns not receiving a newborn screen, reported by dried blood spot or point of care screen(s).
Quality Indicator 4: Percent of infants that have no recorded final resolution (confirmed diagnosis or diagnosis ruled out by an appropriate medical professional) with the newborn screening program. 
Quality Indicator 5: Timeliness of Newborn Screening Activities. 
Quality Indicator 6: Percent of infants with an out-of-range newborn screen result requiring clinical diagnostic workup by an appropriate medical professional, reported by disorder category.
Quality Indicator 7: Percent of disorders detected by newborn screening with a confirmed diagnosis by an appropriate medical professional.
Quality Indicator 8: Percent of missed cases, reported by disorder.

Annual Quality Indicator Import Files

  1. Download the following quality indicator import templates:
  2. Save the quality indicator import template csv file to your desktop
  3. Insert the quality indicator data into the appropriate fields in the appropriate template. See Supporting Documents link below
  4. Select the "Choose File" button under the quality indicator import template to locate the corresponding file on your hard drive
  5. Select the "Submit" button
  6. Download the following support documents to aid in generating the appropriate data for the template

NewSTEPs 360 Monthly Quality Indicator Import File

  1. Download the following quality indicator import template:
  2. Save the quality indicator import template csv files to your desktop
  3. Insert the quality indicator data into the appropriate fields in the appropriate templates. See Supporting Documents link below
  4. Select the "Choose File" button under the quality indicator import template to locate the corresponding file on your hard drive
  5. Select the "Submit" button
  6. Download the following support documents to aid in generating the appropriate data for the template