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NLM promotes standardization of newborn-screening data.

NLM promotes standardization of newborn-screening data. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published a Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide ( in order to promote efficient electronic exchange of standard newborn-screening data and enable more effective use of newborn-screening test results in assessing child health. Newborn-screening test results can vary among states in the ways tests are conducted and results recorded.


The website is designed to help states move toward the use of common terminology and coding standards, a key step in enabling electronic exchange of laboratory-test information. The site covers more than 100 conditions, and lists the terminologies and codes used for each. It also identifies the tests that may be used in screening for each condition.

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Title Annotation:National Library of Medicine
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2009
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