Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Quality Improvement Project
Recruitment Invitation for EHDI Chapter Champions
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), via a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, is now doing a quality improvement project with 7 chosen pediatric practice teams around the United States. This teams and the quality improvement project is focused on improving the role of the medical home in EHDI and the early detection of any hearing issue or concern in newborn infants through the age of 9 months.
- The quality improvement project involved:
- The completion of a web-based pre-implementation survey
- The participation in a 1-day in-person Learning Session on June 26-27 at the American Academy of Pediatrics Headquarters in Chicago Illinois.
- Each practice group has performed monthly chart reviews and has compiled electronic health record data to measure practice-based changes around project aims and measures related to the early hearing and detection of infants.
- Submitting information regarding progress through 5 monthly narrative reports has resulted in the accomplishment of the projects goal.
- Engaging in education on EHDI and quality improvement via participation in a series of four, one-hour educational webinars/conference calls following a series of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) period – or, “action” periods, has allowed the Practices to make valid and effective changes in their procedures to insure any hearing issues or parental concerns were addressed in the first year of life.
- The practices are also participating in web-based post-implementation survey and post-implementation feedback webinar/conference calls.
The goal of the QI project was to increase the pediatricians’ knowledge of concepts and strategies related to the Early Detection of any hearing issue. This is certainly being accomplished by the evidence based reporting of each practice group. Once completed, the results of the Hearing Data and the changes made will be posted on our web site.