St. Mark's Hospital - January 24, 2018

On December 28, 2017 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a directive clarifying its policy regarding texting patient information among healthcare providers, summarized as follows:

  • Texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform.
  • Texting of patient orders is prohibited regardless of the platform utilized.
  • Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) is the preferred method of order entry by a provider.

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