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OZ Systems to Present Results of CDC-Funded Early Hearing Quality Project

ARLINGTON, TX (02/24/17) — Dr. Terese Finitzo, co-founder and CEO of Texas-based company OZ Systems, will present at the 2017 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) meeting on February 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The first presentation, with OZ Systems Account Manager Mary Catherine Hess and Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program Manager, Doug Dittfurth, will address the state’s approach to certification for hospital EHDI programs to assure that newborns receive care.

The second presentation continues the OZ Systems’ focus on quality in newborn screening by presenting a retrospective of 1 million newborns using the National Quality Forum (NQF) approved EHDI measures for screening, diagnosis and intervention. This is the first public presentation of this project.

“We are calling this the One Million Baby March for EHDI Quality because the data being discussed help us march toward better newborn screening quality for all babies,” said OZ Systems CEO, Terese Finitzo. “This is the first time such a large early hearing data set from multiple states has been used to examine the NQF quality measures and address how to systematically capture results in a way that leads to genuine quality improvement.” The results of this study are being used by OZ Systems to identify innovative hospital solutions that contribute to a baby’s safety and program quality.

In other OZ Systems news, the company recently announced the return of Wendy Crumley-Welsh to OZ Systems, where she began her career over 20 years ago. In 1997, Wendy was instrumental in the Sounds of Texas Project, implementing Universal Infant Hearing Screening Programs in hospitals in Texas as well as other states. “We are excited for her return. With her extensive experience, Wendy will focus on developing state-of-the-art newborn screening solutions that integrate hearing, newborn blood spot and critical congenital heart disease screening as well as investigating new opportunities to ensure timely, quality screening and interventions,” said Dr. Finitzo.

About the 2017 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Meeting
In its 16th year, the EHDI Meeting has built a strong reputation for bringing together a wide variety of attendees including those who: work in state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs; assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level; provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the state/ local level to young children with hearing loss and their families; champion Medical Home activities within each state; are parents of children with hearing loss; or are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults who are helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing loss.

About OZ Systems
OZ Systems develops and implements the world’s smartest newborn screening technologies - bridging crucial information gaps that support quality care and timely interventions for patients and those who care for them. Recognized for innovation in design and interoperability, OZ Systems has projects with health care providers and public health agencies in US and International states as well as in England’s National Health Service.