Click here to access ISMP’s update on risks related to texting medical orders.
On December 22, 2016, the Joint Commission (JC) issued a clarification reversing its position on the texting of medical orders. This is contrary to its May 2016 position where it approved the use of secure platforms for texting, as long as specific criteria were met. In collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the JC has made several new recommendations:*
The JC and CMS will continue to monitor advancements in technology to determine whether text messaging systems will be a viable option in the future. Click here to read the JC’s clarification of its position.
*Quoted directly here from the JC’s clarification