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Title Computerized Newborn Screening in Texas -- A Multiple Microcomputer Approach
Author(s) Bradford L. Therrell, PhD, and Lois O. Brown, RN
Source Journal of Medical Systems, Vol. 12, No. 2, Pages 115-120
Publication Date 1988
Abstract The Texas Department of Health expanded its newborn screening program to include four disorders in February of 1980. Because of the large volume of specimens being processed (approximately 2500 daily), it was essential that laboratory aspects of this program be computerized. Currently, both laboratory and follow-up activities are linked by computer. The modular, microcomputer approach employed has provided the necessary capabilities to ensure accurate and efficient tracking of newborns from specimen submission through diagnosis and treatment. Continual program evaluations are also possible through statistical tabulations of various types of data collected and maintained in the system.


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