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The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Training for DHB staff on new newborn hearing screening equipment and protocols
- E-colposcopy now live in seven DHBs
- The importance of timely newborn metabolic screening
- Maternal weight’s role in risk calculation for Down syndrome and other conditions
- Two new NCSP appointments
- Changes underway for antenatal HIV screening
- Gathering good quality ethnicity data
- New senior portfolio manager for BreastScreen Aotearoa
E-colposcopy now live in seven DHBs
This will see district health board (DHB) colposcopy clinics sending 2013 Colposcopy Standards data electronically to the NCSP-Register via Connected Health. Seven DHB colposcopy clinics are currently live and reporting 2013 colposcopy standards data.
New NCSP Manager Helen Colebrook says better data for colposcopy should lead to better health outcomes for New Zealand women.
‘Already there has been a vast improvement in the timeliness and accuracy of data sent to the NCSP-Register, which translates to improved monitoring and reporting for the NCSP.’
Ms Colebrook says electronic reporting to the NCSP-Register has significant benefits for DHBs as well. ‘Once all 20 DHBs are live, they will be able to directly access a full screening history for women enrolled in the NCSP who are scheduled for an appointment.
‘DHBs that weren’t previously using e-reporting to send data to the Register have been able to move away from the extra work needed for manual data collection.’
She says testing of the solution takes considerable time and effort from DHBs, and the RCT is working with DHB clinical and technical staff to refine the process and ensure the most efficient path is undertaken.
Seven further DHB colposcopy services are scheduled to test and go live between now and September, with the remaining six services due to go live by 1 December 2015.
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