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November 20, 2018
Tracking 115,000 specimens across the state will save time and improve babies’ future
OTTAWA, ON — The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has contracted with STACS DNA for a Track-Kit system to track all newborn screening specimens across the state. The system will be deployed to all birthing hospitals to reduce delays between specimen shipment from hospitals and delivery to the state newborn screening laboratory in Salt Lake City. This supports UDOH’s goals of saving lives and improving babies’ health through the early detection of serious, treatable conditions.
“We are methodically working to automate timeliness and eliminate gaps in our newborn screening program, and collaborating with STACS DNA will help us to do that,” said Andreas Rohrwasser, Director of the Utah Newborn Screening Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Utah Public Health Laboratory. “This NBS system will provide specimen chain of custody, allowing us to be aware of the status of each specimen from every birthing hospital across the state of Utah.”
Track-Kit, a secure, cloud-based system designed specifically for newborn screening, provides a complete audit trail of specimen collection and shipping, as well as lab receipt and storage. Track-Kit will improve Utah’s newborn screening program in a variety of ways:
“By making improvements in the way we collect and track screening samples, we have the opportunity to save lives,” said Jocelyn Tremblay, President and CEO of STACS DNA. “We are excited to work with the State of Utah’s highly respected newborn screening program to give them the information they need to provide an even higher level of service to the citizens of Utah.”
About STACS DNA
STACS DNA offers sample tracking software for newborn screening, public health and forensics DNA agencies. Track-Kit™ tracks samples statewide from collection to storage to prevent delays for thousands of users. STACS® sample processing software is the hub of an integrated DNA lab, providing a detailed audit trail to increase productivity, improve quality, reduce errors and maintain conformity. Clients include most of the largest federal and state forensics agencies in North America.
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