Nurse and Home Care Forum 2015

Foxborough, MA
June 17th - 19th

We want to thank everyone who attended and made this year's Nurse and Home Care Forum a great success! Presentations are now posted.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s event! It was a successful three days as we welcomed over 200 customers to the inaugural forum at our conference center in Foxborough, MA.

If you want to look back at a specific session, or if you couldn't make the event, we've posted the presentations for the Main Program and Education Sessions below. You can access these from the ‘Agenda’ and ‘Ed Sessions’ tabs.

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    • IV Documentation
    • IV Spreadsheet
    • Meaningful Use CQM Reporting
    • Medication Reconciliation
    • Operating Room Management
    • Universal eMAR
    • Quality Boards and Condition Management Lists


    • 6.1 Surveillance
    • New Technology for Nursing


    • Anesthesia
    • Care Plan Documentation
    • Charging by Documentation
    • Critical Care
    • Early Warning Sepsis Detection
    • Electronic Documentation Home Care
    • e-Prescribing (including Controlled Substances)
    • Infection Control
    • Interdisciplinary Discharge
    • Lab Barcoding
    • Perinatal
    • Reducing Re-Admissions
    • Technology Improvements in Behavioral Health
    • Transitions of Care


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    Wednesday, June 17th | Pre-Conference

    12:00 p.m.
    Opening Luncheon

    1:00 p.m.
    Pre-Conference Session 1

    A Look at 6.x IV Documentation Enhancements
    Mary Fredette, Senior Applications Specialist, Client Services
    Join us for an overview of recent enhancements made to IV documentation on the MAR, including improved documentation of the start, progress, and end of infusions. Other MAR functionality highlights include improved IV stop time reporting, and Intake/Output integration.

    Meaningful Use CQM Reporting: Future Certified Reports
    Catherine Campbell, Senior Marketing Support, Strategy​
    Learn about the certification of the remaining Meaningful Use Clinical Measures, including SCIP, Elective Delivery, and Pediatrics. We’ll also discuss resources available to manage workflow and data capture for reporting of these measures.

    New Functionality for Monitoring Patient Conditions (MAGIC and C/S)
    Melissa Brady, Lead Software Tester, Product Development
    Did you know our new Manage Condition List functionality helps to identify and monitor patients for particular conditions, including VAP, Stroke, and Sepsis? Dive into this functionality and see how it can help staff to: actively monitor and meet Quality Measures, review discrete clinical data items related to a specific condition, and utilize lists in conjunction with the PCS Status Board.

    Recent ORM Development Efforts
    Susan Treichel, Software Designer, Product Development
    Christopher Wagner, Senior Applications Analyst, Client Services
    We’ve made a number of enhancements to the ORM application over the past year. See a more robust Counts procedure and New Order Indicator on the Big Board, while also learning how to edit and undo Assessment documentation, undo notes, and more! You’ll also see how we’ve improved integration with other clinical applications.

    2:00 p.m.

    2:15 p.m.
    Pre-Conference Session 2

    Early Warning for Infectious Disease featuring ED Indicators (MAGIC and C/S)
    Andrea Bongiovi, Supervisor, Client Services
    With outbreaks of infectious diseases like measles, tuberculosis, ebola, and rabies reported each month, ​establishing effective protocols can be quite challenging. ​Come see how your MEDITECH EHR can screen for, track, and monitor these conditions early-on, and present valuable information to your caregivers.

    Implementing the Universal eMAR in OR (C/S)
    Susan Treichel, Software Designer, Product Development
    Development and Support staff will share the benefits and recommended strategies for implementing our new Universal eMAR across OR phases. Discussion topics include strategies for implementing the functionality in the ED and other specialized areas of your hospital, customizing the functionality to meet the unique workflows of those areas, and tips for ensuring a smooth implementation.

    Order-based Code Status: Your Patients’ Lives Depend on It
    Jackie Niles, Supervisor, Client Services
    Documenting an accurate code status is crucial -- your patient’s life depends on it! Make sure your processes are sharp by getting a comprehensive overview of order-based code status orders, including various safety features and build models. We’ll share workflows for ordering and updating order-based code status orders and how to transition patient from the query-based method.

    3:15 p.m.

    3:30 p.m.
    Pre-Conference Session 3

    Enhancing Medication Reconciliation in 6.1
    Ashley Manley, Senior Supervisor, Client ServicesMichael O’Callahan, Software Designer, Product Development
    Are you taking advantage of the newest medication reconciliation enhancements? Come get a look at the Enter/Edit Home Medications, Reconcile, and Convert routines. We’ll focus on the newest enhancements and features which have increased user satisfaction and the ability to provide safe, efficient patient care.

    Meaningful Use CQM Reporting: Previously Certified Measures
    Jay Frails, Senior Marketing Support, Strategy
    The specifications for Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures for ED, VTE, Stroke, and AMI changed between April 2013 and April 2014. Come get an overview of the changes and the resources available to help you understand and manage the updated specifications.

    An Update from the 5.x IV Spreadsheet Focus Group
    Susanna Desrosiers, RN, Lead Software Tester, Product Development
    Get an update on recent, current, and future projects from the IV Spreadsheet Focus Group. We’ll take a high-level look at the new Co-signing Rate Changes, 24-Hour Cumulative Intake Display, Display of Ordered Rate Keywords in eMAR, and more. We’ll also share designs for Bolus Dose Documentation, Warning for Discontinued IVs and other future enhancements.

    4:30 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception

    Thursday, June 18th

    8:00 a.m.
    Registration and Breakfast

    Nurse Executive Breakfast
    Measuring What Matters: The Power of Dashboards for Nurse Executives
    Rachel Wilkes, Manager, Strategy

    Home Care Breakfast
    Industry Roundtable
    Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, Home Health Administrator, Sparta Community Hospital
    Jeff Pereboom, Manager, Client Services

    9:00 a.m.

    Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, Client Services, MEDITECH

    Opening Remarks
    Howard Messing, President and CEO, MEDITECH

    9:30 a.m.
    Keynote Address

    Mobility and Wearable Technology for Nurses
    Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN, Chief Nurse Executive, Patient Safety Officer and Senior Vice President, HCA

    10:30 a.m.
    Your Future with MEDITECH
    Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, Client Services, MEDITECH
    Geoff Smith, Associate Vice President, Product Development, MEDITECH

    11:30 a.m.
    Emerging Technology for Nurses
    Scott Radner, Vice President, Advanced Technology, MEDITECH

    12:00 p.m.

    1:00 p.m.
    Early Warning Sepsis Detection
    Bryan Bagdasian, MD, Physician Informaticist, MEDITECH
    Greg Hartman, RN, BSN, Clinical Informaticist, Avera Health
    Michael Lavoie, Manager, Product Development, MEDITECH
    Lisa Leary, Manager, Client Services, MEDITECH
    Claire Riemer, LPN, Senior Supervisor, Client Services, MEDITECH

    2:30 p.m.
    Education Session 1

    3:30 p.m.

    3:45 p.m.
    Education Session 2

    4:45 p.m.
    Cocktail Reception

    Friday, June 19th

    7:30 a.m.
    Breakfast and Networking

    Home Care Breakfast
    Home Health and Hospice Regulations
    Josh Lamkin, Analyst, Client Services

    8:30 a.m.
    Education Session 3

    9:45 a.m.
    Patients: The Center of the Care Team

    Sanaz Riahi, RN, MSN, Director Professional Practice and Clinical Information, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
    Missy Moquin, Manager, Client Services, MEDITECH
    Carolyn Bohnenberger, Software Designer, Product Development, MEDITECH

    11:00 a.m.
    Education Session 4

    12:15 p.m.
    Pharmacogenomics and the EHR
    Jennifer Stearns, BSN, RN, Clinical Integration Specialist, Avera Health

    12:45 p.m.
    Closing Remarks and Lunch

    Cathy Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, Associate Vice President, Client Services, MEDITECH


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    Mobility and Wearable Technology for Nurses

    Jane Englebright, Ph.D, RN, CENP, FAAN
    Chief Nursing Officer
    Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

    You're always on the go and your devices have to move seamlessly with you. Get a glimpse at the future of healthcare mobility and how wearable technology provides fast, reliable access to patient information. From technologies still in beta testing, like Google Glass, to more commonly used tools like Jawbone and Fitbit, find out how nurses are utilizing these hands-free devices to improve patient outcomes.


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    Education Sessions


    Thursday, June 18th, 2:30 p.m. | Session 1

    Achieving Performance Results with Field Clinician Dashboards*
    Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, Home Health Administrator, Sparta Community Hospital
    Want to ensure that your documentation is always at its best, no matter where your work takes you? Find out how one agency successfully implemented processes to achieve accurate and fast field documentation while also meeting their performance improvement objectives.

    Benefits and Lessons Learned from e-Prescribing Controlled Substances*
    Barbara Kilroy, RN, MBA, Director, Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
    Astrid Cook, RPh, BSPharm, Informatics Pharmacist, Saratoga Hospital

    Natalie Kennedy, Pharmacy Systems Analyst, Saratoga Hospital
    Two organizations will discuss their e-Prescribing implementation strategies and lessons learned, while also focusing on benefits associated with patient safety and managing controlled substances.

    Clinical Documentation Improvements in Behavioral Health*
    Sanaz Riahi, RN, MSN, Director Professional Practice and Clinical Information, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
    Sarah Kipping, RN, MSN, Clinical Practice Leader, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

    Is your behavioral health documentation consistent with standardized protocols? Join us as we discuss how to improve intervention outcomes and ensure patient safety through items like Restraints and Seclusions, Choking Assessments, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and Fall Prevention Care Plans.

    Clinical Possibilities with Data Repository*
    Candice Friestad, RN, MSN, MBA, Director, Clinical Informatics, Avera Health
    Are you making the most of the Data Repository? See how one customer successfully mined the DR to help them achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements and Magnet reaccreditation.

    The Early Stages of Anesthesia
    Jennifer Gaw, Software Designer, Product Development
    Check out the early stages of our Anesthesia system. You’ll hear our product strategy and see a storyboard presentation, walking you through a day in the life of an anesthesiologist. We welcome your input as we prepare to launch the development of this new product!

    Nothing About Me Without Me: Clinician Engagement & Buy-In with a Standard EHR
    Heather Bartlett, RN, BSN, Executive Director Clinical Informatics, St. Joseph Health
    Where does your organization stand with EHR clinician engagement and buy-in? Listen to St. Joseph Health has they share strategies for addressing these topics and the continued optimization changes to their system.

    Scanning for Safety: Transfusion Administration Record of Blood Products and Breast Milk Scanning*
    Greg Hartman, RN, BSN, Clinical Informaticist, Avera Health
    The process of managing both blood and milk has been greatly facilitated through the use of barcode technologies. See a demonstration of how to safely and efficiently ensure that your blood and milk is accurately recorded, stored, and distributed.

    Thursday, June 18th, 3:45 p.m. | Session 2

    The Art and Science of Oncology Nursing*
    Catherine Loureiro, RN CON(C), Resource Nurse, Oncology Clinic, Humber River Hospital
    Lisa Lun, RN, BScN, MA(Ed), CHPCN(C), Clinical Coordinator, Humber River Hospital

    Get a top-to-bottom look at our Oncology solution, including how to optimally engage the status board, orders panel, and message/task routines. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to enhance communication within the clinical team and improve outcomes.

    Care Plan Documentation by the Interdisciplinary Care Team*
    Deborah Clemens, RN, BSN, CCRN, Director of Critical Care, Alliance Community Hospital
    Karen Aldridge, RN, MSN, Director of Inpatient Services/Acute Rehab, Alliance Community Hospital

    Join us as we dive into the process for care planning and documentation and how to improve your current workflow. We’ll discuss certain challenges, review the Plans of Care view compared to using a worklist, and identify a plan to develop and build multidisciplinary plans of care.

    Charge Capture Improvements to Increase Revenue*
    Angela Soliday, RN-BC, MSN, Nursing Informatics Supervisor, Hancock Regional Hospital

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could increase revenue without changing your workflow? You can! Learn how to use rules and tools to improve documentation, automatically resulting in effortless charge capture.

    Getting the Most out of Home Care Updates*
    Rena Hebda, RN, MBA, Clinical System Analyst, Avera Health
    Don’t be left behind when it’s time to update! See what MEDITECH resources are already in place to facilitate your updates and find out how to facilitate end-user training for optimal use of the Home Care software.

    Interdisciplinary Discharge: A Customer’s Story (5.x)*
    Audrey Premdas, RNC, Clinical IT RN, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
    The discharge process is now a well-coordinated team effort at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Come see how they integrated provider acceptance, training requirements, and the vital inclusion of other team members into the process, resulting in a well-organized, comprehensive patient discharge packet.

    Interdisciplinary Discharge: A Customer’s Story (6.x)*
    Kim Thibodeau, RN, Lead Clinical Informatics Specialist, Bristol Hospital
    A well executed discharge plan is critical to patient satisfaction. Hear Bristol Hospital share its completely re-engineered interdisciplinary approach to discharge that is making a difference for clinicians and patients.

    Surveillance: A Bird’s-eye View
    Scott Gooch, Supervisor, Product Development, MEDITECH
    Get a high-level overview of the Clinical Surveillance features, including examples of infectious diseases and Clinical Quality measures.

    Friday, June 19th, 8:30 a.m. | Session 3

    A Look into Automated Lab Specimen Collection*
    Nancy Russell, RN-BC, MS, CPN, Manager of Clinical Informatics, Cook Children’s Health Care System
    Get an inside peek at the future of lab barcoding using the Phlebotomy Handheld application, and see how the old ways of manual verification are transitioning to an automated process.

    Electronic Documentation for Infection Control*
    Katrina Hobbs, RN, IS Coreleader for PCS and PDoc, Hancock Regional Hospital
    Make sure you always stay one step ahead of infections. Hear how one customer optimized certain tools for electronic documentation, resulting in more proactive screening upon admission, a reduction in hospital-acquired infections, and improved patient monitoring.

    Home Care Interface Development
    Kathleen Garcia, MT(ASCP), Lead Software Designer, Product Development, MEDITECH
    Join us as we discuss recent developments in Home Care-to-Hospital integration, as well as third-party interfaces.

    Implementing the Critical Care Solution in ICU/CCU*
    Alicia Brubaker, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMC, CCU Staff Nurse, Valley Hospital
    Valley Hospital has seen success as a 6.1 Critical Care Desktop and Flowsheet early adopter! Learn about the activities, resources, and effort they put forth when implementing the critical care software, as well as how it can be used to improve documentation and workflow.

    Oh the Wonderful Things a Pharmacist Can Do*
    Jessica Graham, PharmD, Staff Pharmacist, Meadville Medical Center
    Two heads are always better than one! Find out how collaboration between pharmacy and nursing informatics can facilitate ordering and how an open relationship will positively impact workflow and education post go-LIVE.

    Reducing Readmissions through Care Coordination and Discharge Process Improvements*
    Katie Boston-Leary, MBA, MHA, BSN, CNOR, Union Hospital of Cecil County
    Nancy Larson, RN, MBA, Director of Care Management, Union Hospital of Cecil County

    Seems simple: reducing readmissions leads to a healthier patient population and increased compensation for the hospital. Learn about your role in this systemized process, create a plan to proactively improve patient education, and see how data identifies areas for improvement.

    Secure Text, Voice, and Alarms Management*
    Candice Friestad, RN, MSN, MBA, Director, Clinical Informatics, Avera Health
    Avera Health’s recent pilot with secure text/voice, alarms, and data from Lab and Order Entry is getting rave reviews from clinicians. Hear about their experience and innovative approach to preventing medical errors.

    Friday, June 19th, 11:00 a.m. | Session 4

    The Future of Perinatal
    Paul King, RN, Lead Software Designer, Product Development, MEDITECH
    Get a sneak-peek at MEDITECH's plans for a new Perinatal Desktop, which will enable viewing of prenatal data, fetal monitoring, linking of documentation between mother and baby, milk management, and more!

    Looking Ahead to Meaningful Use in 2018
    Philip Alcaidinho, Senior Project Coordinator, Strategy
    Joe Wall, Supervisor, Strategy

    No longer an incentive program, participation in the Meaningful Use program is a means of avoiding ever-increasing financial penalties. Learn about the proposed streamlined definition of Meaningful Use in 2018, the steps to get there, and who is most impacted.

    Patient-generated Health Data, Device Integration, and Direct Monitoring of PGHD (6.1)
    Michael Lavoie, Manager, Product Development, MEDITECH
    Andres Rivera, Supervisor, Product Development

    Come get an inside look at our Patient-generated Health Data (PGHD) capabilities. You’ll also hear from our Care Manager group as they discuss how PGHD functionality can be used to build a foundation for managed telehealth monitoring.

    Performance Management Through Process Intelligence
    Mark Bassett, RN, Lead Software Designer, Client Services, MEDITECH
    MEDITECH Home Care was created to be more than just a home care system—it was designed to be a Performance Management tool! Learn about the Process Intelligence capabilities planned for 2015, including reports that are available now and those which will be implemented by year’s end.

    Transitions of Care in 6.x
    David Vachon, Senior Applications Analyst, Client Services, MEDITECH
    Mani Lopez, Application Analyst, Client Services, MEDITECH

    How efficiently are you able to transfer patients between levels of care? MEDITECH’s Manage Transfer functionality gives you the tools you need to manage transfers within a CPOE environment. Come see the tools and learn key considerations and decision points that will come into play as you implement this functionality.

    *This Continuing Nursing Education Activity has been approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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    ACS MediHealth
    ACS MediHealth is a designated MEDITECH preferred integrator. ACS MediHealth has worked with MEDITECH clients for over 20 years in Home Health/Hospice, Long Term Care, Ambulatory, and Acute Care, working with sites ranging from 25-bed critical access hospitals to large IDNs. ACS provides hardware, software and professional services to our clients, ensuring their expectations are met, they are on budget, and within their timeframe. Stop by our booth to learn more!

    DrFirst pioneers software solutions and services that provide real-time access to patient data, improve communication and collaboration at the point of care and across the patient’s circle of caregivers, and enhance the doctor’s clinical view of the patient. Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation and reliability across a wide array of service areas, including E-prescribing and Medication Management, Medication Adherence, Care Collaboration, and Clinical Data Sharing. We are proud of our track record of service to 45,000 providers and 330 EMR/EHR/PBMs nationwide. Visit our table in the Vendor Gallery and view us online at

    Elsevier works with MEDITECH customers to address the needs of care providers and patients. We incorporate trusted content into your clinical workflows so you can maintain consistent top performance, reduce variability in care, and optimize your IT investments. Our integrated solutions include Care Planning, Order Sets, Competency Tools, and Patient Engagement.

    For more than 15 years, FDB has partnered with MEDITECH to deliver solutions that allow clinicians to make precise medication-related decisions at the point of care.

    • We help MEDITECH customers save pharmacy and IT staff hours in building customized Inpatient and ED medication order strings with standard content embedded in 6.1 READY deployments.
    • We deliver medication order strings for Web Ambulatory software and with drug-specific dosing, frequencies to improve the ordering experience by physicians.
    • We offer a proven web solution, FDB AlertSpace®, to help address the problem of alert fatigue. Presently, over 100 MEDITECH organizations use this solution to fine-tune their alert settings.
    • We are collaborating with MEDITECH development to offer FDB Cloud Connector which delivers Duplicate Therapy and Drug-Disease Contraindication conflict checking.   
    • We are pleased to have been selected as the drug knowledge partner of hundreds of MEDITECH customers and we’d like to partner with you, too.

    Forward Advantage, Inc.
    We understand the exchange of information and access to it are critical to providing quality care, which is why our solutions support evolving healthcare needs with technologies that provide a secure way to improve workflows and make it easy to access patient information. Some of our services include:

    • Communication Director to automate report distribution.
    • Data Express to send discrete data.
    • Cortext to exchange secure messages.
    • Single Sign-on to eliminate multiple passwords, and gain quick access to patient information.
    • ConfirmID to provide a more efficient workflow for EPCS.
    • Patient Secure for biometric patient identification to reduce duplicate records and increase patient safety.

    Winola Lake
    Winola Health IT provides ancillary software and service to MEDITECH customer – Offerings include Caretrends, Statticket, and Services. Caretrends is a Medical Device integration engine for integrating medical device information into MEDITECH. Statticket is a one-click incident reporting system that will allow a user with one click of the mouse to open a help desk ticket, report application issues, facility/equipment issues, without making any phone calls. Stop by our booth and learn more!

    Zynx Health 
    Zynx Health, part of the Hearst Health Network, is the pioneer and market leader in evidence and experience-based clinical improvement solutions that provide the care guidance to enhance quality and decrease variation across an individual’s health journey. Zynx Health partners with healthcare organizations to continuously and measurably improve care every day, for every patient, every time. To learn more, visit or call 855.367.ZYNX.


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