Opioid Education for Patients at Discharge

As part of Englewood Health’s opioid awareness efforts, the Opioid Task Force has developed information for patients who will be taking opioid medications after discharge. Effective Wednesday, February 19th, patients discharged from Inpatient Units, Maternal Child Health, Emergency Department, Same Day Surgery and Procedural Units will have information on opioid medications included in their After […]


Epic Enhancement: Correcting Home Medications

When reconciling a patient’s medications for discharge, any corrections to the Home Medications can now be done without leaving the Discharge Navigator. A new tab, “Review Home Medications,” has been added to the Discharge Order Reconciliation activity, where you can add, delete, or modify items on the home medication list. See screenshot below (click on […]


Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

As part of our commitment to provider convenience and patient safety, Englewood Health is implementing Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS), effective January 20, 2020. EPCS will allow you to prescribe controlled substances through Epic routed to an EPCS-authorized pharmacy. In accordance with NJ law, each provider needs to enroll in the system through a […]


New Requirements for Orders of Advanced Imaging Procedures

Message from Mark Shapiro, MD, Chief of Radiology Effective January 1, 2020, federal regulations require all providers to consult a CMS-approved Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (CDSM) when ordering certain imaging studies. CDSMs are electronic portals that access appropriate use criteria (AUC) and are being mandated by the federal government in an effort to improve quality […]


2019 MIPS Update: What does “interoperability” mean? Why does it matter?

According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), “Interoperability describes the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data, and interpret that shared data. For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and subsequently present that data such that it can be understood by a user.” Interoperability […]


Nurse-driven Telemetry Removal Protocol Now in Effect

As of August 1, the nurse-driven protocol to discontinue telemetry monitoring when the order expires went into effect. Previously, when the order for telemetry monitoring expired, patients remained on telemetry usually until discharged from the hospital. This at times has resulted in a scarcity of telemetry beds (especially on Dean 6 and Dean 7), prolonging […]


Midline Catheters Now Available at Englewood as Alternative to PICC

Midline catheters are a more secure peripheral alternative for patients who require venous access for up to 30 days. Midlines are longer peripheral IVs inserted by an interventional radiologist under ultrasound guidance and can be used for blood draws, medications, and intravenous fluids. TPN, vasopressors, and chemotherapeutics are generally not used with a midline. Benefits […]


New Acute Tele-Stroke Program in ED

  A new tele-health program launched in the Emergency Department last month for patients presenting with stroke symptoms. The program uses a low-cost, easy-to-use technological solution—an iPad with the Microsoft Teams app, customized by our own IT and ED teams. When a patient presents to the ED with stroke symptoms, the ED team connects to […]


Pre-hospital Records Now Available in Epic

Effective July 1, pre-hospital records and EKGs will be available within a patient’s chart once they are completed. Documentation from emsCharts will be available in Epic when both of these conditions are met: Patient identifiers/demographics sent from Epic match the information in emsCharts. The EMS note has been finalized/completed in emsCharts. EMS documentation will file […]