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Newborn Dried Blood Spot (NDBS) Screening Implementation Guide for Laboratory Orders

Public Health Informatics Institute
October 12, 2011
Methods and tools
Information systems development

Enabling the laboratory testing order process to occur via electronic data exchange between the birthing center/hospital and a public health laboratory would improve the accuracy and completeness of NDBS orders, provide an opportunity to improve laboratory quality assurance, and potentially expedite the entire process. In 2010, the Public Health Informatics Institute, through a grant funded by HRSA, convened a workgroup to develop a message implementation guide to provide an electronic message template for the NDBS community to use for sending standardized NDBS laboratory orders. The workgroup members included representatives from public health laboratories, hospitals, public health agencies, an EHR vendor, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This document is the collaborative effort of that workgroup, and is based on Health Level Seven (HL7) Version 2.5.1, as published by the HL7 organization (

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The Public Health Informatics Institute. "Newborn Dried Blood Spot (NDBS) Screening Implementation Guide for Laboratory Orders." (accessed 11/16/2020).