Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:



BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:


Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:


Staff Testing Positive Within Last 24 Hours/Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

 2 / 284




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NEW: Inpatient Bed Update

As of today, May 13, we have transitioned 4E, 6E, 6W and 7E to non-COVID units. In addition, we have now transitioned ICU and step-down patients out of the Menino PACU. A big THANK YOU to the many teams that prepared this space for our COVID patients, and those who cared for some our sickest patients in the Menino PACU over the past several weeks, while also navigating a new workspace. 

NEW: eMERGE (Epic) Changes

We continue to make updates to Epic to support your needs amidst the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be additional updates as we develop new tools, and they will be available on the eMERGE announcements page on the Hub. Recent changes include:

  • COVID-19 banner updates: Three levels of COVID-19 banners will be added to Snapshot, patient lists, schedules, and boards to distinguish between patient statuses of COVID-19 investigation.
  • Research visibility: An indicator in the patient header will now identify if the patient is enrolled in a study or clinical trial. This will identify any clinical trial, not just COVID-related trials.
  • Outside hospital information: We are now able to see EHR data from certain non-Epic institutions that are active with a data exchange called CareQuality. Some of the local institutions included are Fenway Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, and Sports Medicine North. This information is accessed the same way as Care Everywhere data.
  • Update to symptom screening: Epic has made changes to align with CDC guidelines on COVID-19 symptoms, including adding chills and loss of taste as symptoms.
  • Inpatient MD navigator: There is now a streamlined physician inpatient navigator to reduce documentation burden.
  • Telemedicine: Self-scheduling for telemedicine is now active through MyChart and ZocDoc. Please also refer to the update on telemedicine billing sent on May 8 for questions related to billing for encounters with trainees and total time for encounters.

If you have any technical problems or suggestions, please enter a ticket with the IT Service Desk. Although you can call 617-414-4500, you may find it faster to enter the ticket directly online:

REMINDER: Media/Social Media Guidelines

As we continue to showcase the tremendous work done at BMC, we must always protect patient information and adhere to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. If you have a BMC story you want to highlight, please work with the Communications Office (pager 1068) to obtain patient consent prior to taking pictures or posting any information online. Please note:

  • Social media policies still apply during an infectious disease outbreak. No employee or provider is allowed to share information about BMC patients or hospital business matters on any social media sites without prior authorization.
  • If you are contacted by the media or a member of the press, please refer them to BMC’s Communications & Marketing Department at pager 1068.
  • If you have any questions or privacy concerns, please contact the Privacy Office at 617-414-1800 or by email at [email protected].

REMINDER: Take a Break with the Healing Pups on the Moakley Green Tomorrow

BMC’s Healing Pups (who have been safely distancing themselves at home), are excited to be back at BMC tomorrow, May 14, to visit staff on the Moakley Green. From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., stop by to be reunited with your favorite four-legged colleagues. Physical distancing measures for staff will be in place, and everyone will be required to wear a mask and clean their hands before and after interacting with the pups.

TEAM UP: Adapting Integrated Behavioral Health in the Time of Coronavirus

Integrated behavioral health at community health centers, which hinges largely on in-person care, pivots to function within the confines of the pandemic.

Read more on HealthCity.

BMC nurses help COVID-19 positive moms welcome new arrivals

BMC maternal child health nurses, Hannah Simons and Kathy Millerick, spoke with WCVB Channel 5 Boston about the creative ways they are helping moms through the childbirth process, while ensuring the safety of both moms and their new arrivals.

Watch on WCVB.

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