OZ Systems’ mission has long been to improve patient outcomes. We have been on the forefront of providing electronic lab orders (ELOs) to public health labs and electronic lab results (ELR) back to hospitals and providers for newborn bloodspot screening. When we heard about ETOR at a recent public health conference, it piqued our interest. Had we missed something important? Fortunately not, as ETOR is another acronym for electronic (test) orders and results. Okay, our team responded, we got this! In 2014, OZ Systems began addressing how to improve timeliness for newborn blood spot screening in response to the challenges faced by public health, hospitals and labs with electronic solutions. Over the past three years, we have successfully partnered with NewSTEPs 360 and efforts in Virginia, Texas and New York. We understand what is involved and what is needed. OZ Systems works with states to provide the ELO to the state laboratory and an ELR back to the hospitals.
We are a proud member of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), participating in Connectathons and HIMSS Interoperability Showcases on behalf of CDC and Public Health. While we offer a secure portal allowing hospitals to key in demographics to submit Newborn Bloodspot Screening lab orders, we prefer to work with hospitals to auto-populate patient demographics using IHE’s Technical NANI Profile. OZ NANI (Newborn Admission Notification Information) is used by more than 250 hospitals in 8 states. NANI improves data accuracy and patient safety, simplifies screener workflow and serves as the basis of our fully populated ELO.
When follow-up is essential to timely care knowing the results as quickly as possible is crucial. With newborn screenings, there is a critical window of opportunity to change a baby’s future and prevent life-lasting disability or death. OZ Systems creates ELO and ELR solutions to provide care within that window of opportunity. Happily the ELO and ELR functionality gives us capabilities in infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Beyond bloodspot, hearing and heart screening, we have been connected to large state efforts to report infectious diseases like pertussis and tuberculosis. We will assure your state’s newborn screening interoperability needs, but OZ Systems can provide the same solutions using electronic lab order and electronic lab results in other arenas of patient care.