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Medicine Matters Home Patient Care Epic Tip of the Week: January 17, 2020

Epic Tip of the Week: January 17, 2020

Ambulatory: Additional Factors Considered for Vaccine Recommendations

To ensure that we are properly vaccinating patients who are at high risk for preventable diseases, additional factors (such as immunity status, substance abuse, medications and burden of disease) will be taken into account. As a result, a more accurate immunization schedule will display for the patient and their care teams.

Ambulatory: Change in SmartTool Formatting Defaults

  • SmartTools (such as SmartPhrases and SmartTexts) inserted into a note will keep the user's formatting settings, such as font size and style.
  • To change the default settings manually, click the Star icon in the note toolbar, then click Formatting Settings from the dropdown menu. In the SmartTool Formatting Settings window you can choose to either keep the personalized formatting or to match the surrounding text.

Ambulatory: New SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) BPA

  • To help in the determination of appropriate health screenings for a patient, a BPA warns providers when ambiguity exists between the Legal Sex, Gender Identity and Sex Assigned at Birth fields in Epic.
  • If a provider selects dismiss, this BPA will continue to pop back up. To avoid this, select one of the Acknowledgement Reasons when this BPA is encountered.

Inpatient & Ambulatory: Surgical and Procedural Result Reports

  • Surgical and procedural reports will no longer be automatically sent to PCPs as PCPs reported that they received too many reports for procedures they weren’t involved in.
  • Results will continue to be sent to the authorizing provider and the referring or attending provider's In Basket.

Screenshots of the above can be found here.

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Kelsey Bennett