DSHS Offers Newborn Screening Requirement Guidance

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) issued a new specimen tracking requirement for CAP-accredited laboratories that submit newborn screening specimens to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) laboratory for testing. Phase I of the requirement applies to specimens submitted to a remote testing laboratory for screening for congenital disorders in newborns. 

CAP requires "a documented tracking system to ensure that all specimens are submitted in compliance with timing requirements and that a result or other appropriate notification is received indicating that the specimens were actually received."

To meet the requirement, DSHS recommends labs use the Texas Newborn Screening Web Application (Neometrics).  

Using the web application allows health professionals to:

  • Enter patient demographic information.
  • Search and print newborn screening result reports 24/7.

Once the DSHS lab receives and scans the electronic demographic information for each newborn screen specimen into the Laboratory Information Management System, it will appear in the health professional's web application account. Note: Demographic entry of specimens is not necessary to view or retrieve result reports.

The DSHS Laboratory Quality Assurance Group has consulted with CAP and confirmed that health care professionals can meet the specimen tracking requirement by acknowledging receipt of a result report for each specimen submitted. 

Visit the DSHS remote data systems FAQ page for more information about the Texas Newborn Screening Web Application. Or call DSHS at (888) 963-7111, ext. 7333, or email NewbornScreeningLab[at]dshs[dot]state[dot]tx[dot]us.

Action, May 2, 2014

Last Updated On

May 01, 2014

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