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California Department of Health Launches Newborn Screening Information System.

Program Developed by Deloitte Consulting LLP Will Allow Families to Identify and Treat Genetic Orders in Infants

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Health on Tuesday announced the implementation of the Screening Information System (SIS), a prenatal and newborn screening program that will enable parents to diagnose and treat genetic disorders in their children at a much earlier age.

A pilot of the system run by the department's Genetic Disease Branch resulted in finding nine babies over five weeks with genetic disorders who now, with minor diet modifications, will lead normal lives. The SIS was developed by Deloitte Consulting LLP.

"Deloitte is proud to be part of a project that will dramatically expand newborn and prenatal screening in California," said Carlo Grifone, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "Allowing the state a better way to manage test results and reporting means health care workers can more readily address the needs of newborns with rare but often treatable diseases."

The program was implemented in advance of a new law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that, as of August 1, requires all babies born in California to be tested for more than 70 genetic conditions. Families with religious objections will not be required to have their children screened under the program.

California laboratories, case coordinators, counselors and the staff of the Genetic Disease Branch will use the SIS to support the screening initiative in the state. SIS is an Internet-based application that integrates business processes for both newborn and prenatal screening, allows easy integration for exchange of test data, provides a platform to meet reporting needs, supports Tandem Mass-based testing, and will allow the state to incorporate new tests with minimal effort in the future.

SIS will allow California health officials to more effectively screen infants for serious diseases, and improve the quality of life for children and their families. SIS was designed and built to be fully compliant with federal privacy laws, with a multi-level security structure to protect the confidentiality of all infants who are screened under the program.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of the nation's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, financial advisory services and consulting through nearly 30,000 people in more than 80 U.S. cities. Known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programs, the firm is dedicated to helping its clients and its people excel. "Deloitte" refers to the associated partnerships of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Consulting LLP) and subsidiaries. Deloitte is the US member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. For more information, please visit Deloitte's web site at http://www.deloitte.com/us.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is an organization of member firms devoted to excellence in providing professional services and advice. We are focused on client service through a global strategy executed locally in nearly 150 countries. With access to the deep intellectual capital of 120,000 people worldwide, our member firms, including their affiliates, deliver services in four professional areas: audit, tax, financial advisory services and consulting. Our member firms serve more than one-half of the world's largest companies, as well as large national enterprises, public institutions, locally important clients, and successful, fast-growing global growth companies.

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CONTACT: Tony Jewell Director, National Public Relations of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, +1-202-220-2772, tjewell@deloitte.com

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