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Medicine Matters Home Patient Care Epic Tip of the Week: September 4, 2020

Epic Tip of the Week: September 4, 2020

Ambulatory: LabCorp STAT Priority

  • When a STAT priority is needed for a test being run by LabCorp, it is required to enter the order as “STAT (LABCORP ONLY)”
  • If STAT priorities are needed for some tests and routine for others, separate orders should be placed.  More information, and a list of LabCorp tests available for STAT processing, are in the LabCorp STAT Priority Tip Sheet

Ambulatory: Flowsheet Rows Embedded in Best Practice Advisories [BPA]

  • ​Flowsheet rows were added to the following Best Practice Advisories (BPAs)
    • Learning Assessment
    • Falls Risk
    • Height Not Measured in the Last 6 Months
  • Users complete assessments directly from the BPA without needing to navigate to another section of the chart
  • If you are viewing the BPA from a navigator section users need to click the "flowsheets" link to document
  • Users can also click the link in the BPA to go to the appropriate navigator section

Ambulatory: Reason for Not Taking Category List Update

New options are available in the category list for "reasons for not taking" when doing home medication review. Click the magnifying glass to see the options.

Inpatient & Ambulatory: Pre-Procedure COVID-19 Orders

  • ​When “Pre-Procedure” is selected as the reason for testing a patient without COVID symptoms, a field appears for indicating the “Date of scheduled procedure”
  • If one of the following statements is true, asymptomatic pre-procedure COVID orders are automatically set to a priority of urgent, helping to ensure the specimen is resulted in time for the procedure:
    • The patient has the test collected within 36 hours of the procedure date documented in the order
    • The order is placed within 72 hours of the procedure date documented in the order
  • If the date field is left blank in the order, the pop-up alert shown below will appear, reminding the user to enter the procedure date.
  • Ordering providers should click “Cancel” to go back to enter the date in the order, or “Accept” to proceed with signing the order without a date.

***The Date of scheduled procedure is not a required field, however this process will help to ensure the specimen is resulted in time for the procedure***

Inpatient & Ambulatory: COVID Resolved Flag

  • ​A “COVID-19: Resolved” flag is placed on patient charts after the red flag noting an active infection is removed
  • The “COVID-19: Resolved” flag will remain on patient charts for 90 days after a positive COVID-19 test, to align with HEIC guidelines available at COVID-19 Isolation Precaution Discontinuation and Repeat Testing

Screenshots of the above can be found here.

COVID-19 Epic Training Portal link

Epic Training Portal link

For more Epic Tips of the Week, click here.


Kelsey Bennett