New Platform Aims to Improve Workflow and Interoperability While Enhancing Newborn Safety
OZ Systems, a leading provider of public health information systems, has partnered with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) and the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance (WHR) to implement OZ STAR™, an integrated technology platform that makes it possible to Screen, Track, Analyze and Report newborn screening in one automated process. The platform includes the newly deployed OZ BabyBundle™, which captures newborn screening data directly from medical devices to ease workflow, reduce manual data entry, prevent human errors and improve reporting compliance and patient safety in the newborn nursery. OZ STAR also builds upon OZ NANI™, which is a messaging platform that bridges the gap between Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Public Health (PH) information systems.
More than 65 hospitals in Texas already utilize OZ NANI and a growing number of Texas hospitals incorporate automated reporting and clinical decision support into the newborn healthcare ecosystem. All Texas birthing facilities use OZ Systems tools to report hearing screening results to the state.
“Coming on the heels of Newborn Screening Awareness Month and Infant Mortality Awareness Month, we are privileged to be partnering with one of the consistently highest-ranking hospitals in quality to further enhance the quality of care and safety for their youngest patients,” said OZ Systems CEO Dr. Terese Finitzo. “Our goal in developing this suite of products was to provide hospitals a simpler, safer and integrated mechanism for mandated screenings and reporting and to provide public health departments with timely, verifiable information and an accurate denominator for newborn screening data – something that really did not exist before now.”
Women’s Hospital at Renaissance delivers an average of 750 babies a month – among the highest number of hospital births in the state. Of the 400,000 annual births in Texas, there are approximately 900 babies diagnosed with primary or secondary conditions detected through newborn bloodspot screening. Two to three babies born daily in Texas are hard of hearing or deaf and it is anticipated that 1,200 infants will be born each year in Texas with Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) – which may be detected through point of care newborn pulse oximetry screening.
“It is both encouraging and timely that a progress-oriented institution like the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance is continuing its leadership by enhancing its culture of safety and efficiency in the newborn screening process,” said Marissa Castañeda, DHR Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) is a 530-bed physician-owned health system that offers some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. Southern Border. From general acute care services and graduate medical education to individually-tailored wellness and preventative health programs, at DHR over 600 physicians and more than 1,000 nurses dedicate themselves to offering a full continuum of care in over 55 different sub-specialties. Founded in 1997 to help over 1.2 million residents resolve limited healthcare access challenges in a community that lacked public and county hospitals, DHR continues to be the premier healthcare provider in South Texas. For more information, please call (956) DOCTORS (362-8677) or visit our website at www.dhr-rgv.com.
About OZ Systems
OZ Systems develops and implements the world’s smartest information technology platforms – bridging crucial information gaps that support quality care and timely interventions for patients and those who care for them. Recognized for innovation in design and interoperability, OZ Systems has projects with healthcare providers and public health agencies in 10 states and seven countries.