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The EHDI program aims at screening and diagnosing infants withhearing loss, increasing the enrollment in early intervention andappointments and reducing the total number of infants lost todocumentation. It is important to ensure infants receive propermedical services to prevent delays in speech, emotional developmentas well as language. Some of the key stakeholders to this programinclude the Hearing Resource Consultants who are speech specialists,Parent Consultants who promote educational awareness on EHDI program,EHDI advisory committee composing of educators, families,audiologists and midwives, Primary care givers and EHDI staff.


The Public Health Moral Norms reports that, once a patient isidentified with a problem, proper diagnosis recommendation should beprovided. Early screening should be performed, follow-up services bedone on time as well as appointment and documentation be issued topatients. The EHDI performs all these services whereby infants withhearing loss are screened and diagnosed, enrolled for early medicalappointments and their parents are reminded of the scheduledappointments with a day or two.


The terms of this program relates to utility in that, EHDI utilizesNICHQ’s quality practices to enhance its performance. It usescommunication technologies to interact with healthcare provides whilereducing loss to follow-up. It also monitors data reported fromhospital diagnostic clinics to improve its accountability. To add on,it engages in intervention programs and collaboratively links withother public health information database to acquire relevantinformation. To sum up, the program utilizes the outcomes or ratherscreening results to advice parents on their children hearingimpairments.


The topic relates to surveillance in that, it tries to identify thesuccess of the process through continue tracking of data. Forexample, analysis of early hearing detection an intervention programindicated that there was an increase in screening rate, increase indiagnosing for patients not passing the final screening stage and anincrease in enrollment rates. The program also surveyed parents onnon-compliance to scheduled follow-up appointments. It was clear thatparents forget the appointments and thus need to be reminded of theschedule.