Objective: Assess the quality of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening data reports in California, where CCHD screening is not mandatory but reporting is. Study design: Retrospective review of California hospital-level CCHD screening data to evaluate data reliability and adherence to state screening and reporting recommendations. Data were evaluated for internal consistency and compared to two databases. Results: Over one-third of hospitals did not submit data. Only 70.7% of the Vital Records live births were reported in CCHD screening data. Only 46% of reporting hospitals submitted data with matching numbers of completed screens and results, and 22% matched their respective live births in a second database. Conclusion: CCHD data reporting in California is incomplete, which may miss 359 CCHD cases/year from non-reporting. Data inconsistencies may miss additional cases. Mandatory screening, reporting, and improvements in data reliability are urgently needed to inform screening modifications and enhance timely detection and disease surveillance.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynecology