Online Specimen Tracking (OST)
What is OST?
OST is a program within Screening Information System (SIS) for tracking and reporting newborn specimens.
Why should you use OST?
California Code of Regulations
Title 17. Division 1. Chapter 4. Subchapter 9. Group 3. Newborn Screening Program Article 1. s §6506.
Verification of Receipt of Newborn Screening Specimens by the Department
Hospitals and Midwiferies shall check OST within 7 days after the date of birth to verify that the specimen they are responsible for screening has been received by the Department.
If a specimen has not been received, staff shall enter a missing specimen report into OST.
Best practices for Newborn patients guaranteeing they have been tested for genetic disorders and no baby has been missed
Prevent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act - HIPAA violations
Everyday the View Specimen Status screen in OST is updated. Specimens collected and received at the State lab in the past 8 days are displayed. A daily reconciling of the hospital Census or Admission Report against OST will allow for timely reporting if a specimen is found that doesn't belong to the hospital. To prevent any possible HIPAA violations, report
Specimen Not Collected at Facility.
Ensure proper billing
Every specimen displayed in OST is billed to your hospital. If a specimen does not belong to your hospital, report
Specimen Not Collected at Facility so you won't be billed for it.
Request a duplicate Newborn Screening result mailer
To reduce paper consumption, the Department is transitioning to electronic requests. OST is the only way to request a duplicate NBS result.