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Beverage Preselection for Lung Transplant Patients

For lung transplant patients, carbonated beverages will now be preselected as a food to avoid, helping to prevent aspiration and reflux.

New DVT Risk Tool Option

The DVT Risk Tool now includes an option to order SCDs when selecting Patient currently has an active order for therapeutic anticoagulant or VTE prophylaxis with Risk Stratification, facilitating SCD placement.

Medical History List: Includes Congenital Heart Disease and Mental Health Disorder

To make it easier to find, congenital heart disease and mental health disorder were added to the medical history list in Epic, so you no longer have to search for these two items.

Join Tech Tuesdays

These weekly, one-hour training sessions, hosted by Microsoft, are open to all Houston Methodist employees. Attend only the sessions you’re interested in.

New Opioid BPA for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgeries

Starting Monday, June 14, you’ll see a new BPA when writing opioid discharge prescriptions within two days of a thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy.

Add Patient Post-Acute Care Information to Care Team

Starting Tuesday, June 8, you must add your patients’ post-acute care information to the care team in Epic, including SNF, LTAC, DME, home health, etc.

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Downtime Calendar

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QSight

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 p.m. – midnight. 

Be prepared for intermittent or no access. Follow your department’s standard downtime procedures.

 

HMH Walter Tower
(Floors 15-21)
Network Connection

Tuesday, June 22, 5 p.m. – Wednesday, June 23, 4 a.m.

To prepare, keep your systems and devices turned on and online, and save your work often during this time frame.

Everyone will lose network connection to all business systems and medical devices for about three minutes during this time, but devices should reconnect automatically. If your devices don’t reconnect, please reboot.

This interruption includes systems and devices like Vocera badges, Zebra smartphones with Rover, pneumatic tubes, air conditioning, MRIs, CTs, laptops, WOWs, desktops, printers and more.

 

Guest Wi-Fi

Wednesday, June 23, 10 p.m. – Thursday, June 24, 2 a.m. (HMH only) 

Guest Wi-Fi will be unavailable for preventive maintenance. If you’re using Guest Wi-Fi, be sure to save your work before 10 p.m. on the applicable date.

Any device using Guest Wi-Fi will be affected, including:

  • All personal devices used by guests and/or patients

  • aitemperature devices

  • Patient Engagement iPads but not Vidyo

  • Amazon Alexa

  • PatientTrak check-in stands

  • Guest kiosks in Business Centers

When the downtime is complete, devices will automatically reconnect.

 

LaborWorkx

Thursday, June 24, 11:55 p.m. – Friday, June 25, 5 a.m. 

LaborWorkx won’t be available during these time frames. Be sure to print any required items. For questions, contact HR Hub at 832.667.6211 or 
HRHub@HoustonMethodist.org. Note: Badge Readers will be available, but not Quick Badge and Mobile app.

 

Smart Ribbon Controlled Substances App

Saturday, June 26, 11 p.m. –
Sunday, June 27, 5 a.m.

During this downtime, you can’t access PDMP via the Smart Ribbon Controlled Substances app. You must go to the state site to access information: https://texas.pmpaware.net/login. Note: Other Smart Ribbon applications aren’t affected by this downtime.

 

LMS

Saturday, June 26, 11 p.m. – Sunday, June 27, 6 a.m. 

Saturday, July 3, 11 p.m. – Sunday, July 4, 6 a.m. 

LMS will not be available due to the maintenance.

 

Radiology and Cardiology VPN Connection (Siemens only) 

Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m. – noon (Siemens only)

Vendors will lose VPN connections to radiology and cardiology Siemens systems and medical devices. IT-Radiology and IT-Cardiology can still remote in and provide support, if needed. Impacted devices should reconnect automatically.

 

Epic

*Sunday, Aug. 15, 2 – 4 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 – 4 a.m.

*Epic Update

In the News

Beverage Preselection for Lung Transplant Patients

For lung transplant patients, carbonated beverages will now be preselected as a food to avoid, helping to prevent aspiration and reflux.

New DVT Risk Tool Option

The DVT Risk Tool now includes an option to order SCDs when selecting Patient currently has an active order for therapeutic anticoagulant or VTE prophylaxis with Risk Stratification, facilitating SCD placement.

Medical History List: Includes Congenital Heart Disease and Mental Health Disorder

To make it easier to find, congenital heart disease and mental health disorder were added to the medical history list in Epic, so you no longer have to search for these two items.

Join Tech Tuesdays

These weekly, one-hour training sessions, hosted by Microsoft, are open to all Houston Methodist employees. Attend only the sessions you're interested in.

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