Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide


Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide


This guide for State health officials and physicians promotes and facilitates the use of electronic health data standards in recording and transmitting newborn screening test results. The Web site provides physicians with standard codes and terminology for newborn tests and the conditions infants are screened for to reduce variations in how screenings are conducted and results are recorded.

Use of these standards can:

  • Speed the delivery of newborn screening reports
  • Facilitate the care and followup of infants with positive test results
  • Enable the use (and comparison) of data from different laboratories
  • Support the development of strategies for improving the newborn screening process


Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration; National Institutes of Health; National Library of Medicine; Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Release Date: 2008
Original Summary: October 2009
Last Updated: 04/28/10

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