Perioperative Guidance on GLP-1 Agonists September 28, 2023 | 1 min. read The American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Preoperative Fasting has reviewed available literature on GLP-1 agonists and associated adverse GI effects, and made recommendations.
5 Stories Worth a Second Look August 31, 2023 | 2 min. read These five stories from fiscal year 2023 show how physicians and leaders are working together to make NM better, including in-house development of augmented intelligence and improvements to make Epic alerts more useful for physicians.
How to Update Your 'Find a Doctor' Profile August 31, 2023 | 1 min. read The nm.org website now incorporates medical staff physicians and non-physician licensed clinicians. Complete your profile to help patients find you online.
NM-Q Medical Device Studio August 17, 2023 | 2 min. read NM is collaborating with the Innovation & New Ventures Office at Northwestern University on the NM-Q Medical Device Studio. If you are interested in submitting a medical device idea, please submit your application by September 1.
R. Chris Bowen, MD, Leads Ocular Oncology August 3, 2023 | 6 min. read Dr. Bowen discusses his goal to establish NM as the leading Midwest referral center for eye cancer and shares how a family experience with cancer drives his commitment to innovation.
Spotlight on Huntley Hospital July 20, 2023 | 3 min. read Huntley Hospital kicks off a new article series designed to highlight innovations happening across the system with updates on service line expansion in the northwest suburbs.
Check Your ILPMP Account for Suspicious Activity July 6, 2023 | 1 min. read With a recent increase in fraudulent prescription activity, clinicians are reminded to check their Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program account regularly and report any anomalies.
Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, Leads Trial of Mitral Valve Repair Method July 6, 2023 | 2 min. read Dr. McCarthy is enrolling patients with severe mitral regurgitation in the REPAIR MR trial to compare outcomes from traditional open-heart mitral valve repair with the MitraClip™ System. A phone-based app called LaborLink, developed through collaboration among NM obstetricians and Information Services, is simplifying the critical task of reviewing fetal heart tracings.
Dr. Chrisman Answers Your Questions June 22, 2023 | 2 min. read Howard B. Chrisman, MD, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, shares steps NM is taking to expand existing resources and introduce new initiatives to meet your evolving mental health needs.
Kush R. Desai, MD, Leads Clinical Trial of New Stent for IVC Occlusion June 8, 2023 | 2 min. read Dr. Desai seeks candidates for a clinical trial of the first purpose-built stent for inferior vena cava occlusive disease, a condition that currently has limited treatment options.Recent enhancements include Visage integration and Transfer Center and fertility modules.
May 2023 Why You Do What You Do: Lee A. Lindquist, MD May 25, 2023 | 4 min. read Dr. Lindquist, chief of Geriatrics, is committed to building a world friendlier to older adults and has furthered this mission through two online resources, Plan Your Lifespan and NegotiAge.
Key Takeaways of OTC Narcan for Physicians May 1, 2023 | 3 min. read Clinical Pharmacist Sterling Elliott, PharmD, and Emergency Medicine Physician Howard S. Kim, MD, reflect on the impact of federal approval of Narcan® for over-the-counter sale.
New Federal DEA Training Requirement: What You Need to Know April 13, 2023 | 4 min. read Effective June 27, the new law requires new or renewing DEA registrants to have completed at least eight hours of one-time training on opioid or other substance use disorders, which is available through NM CME training offerings.
Online Pain Management Resources Available April 13, 2023 | 3 min. read The System Pain Management Quality Committee maintains two online repositories of pain management and opioid-prescribing resources for physicians.
A Video of Thanks March 30, 2023 | 1 min. read In recognition of National Doctors’ Day, Northwestern Medicine honors the dedication and commitment of more than 5,500 physicians throughout the system.
NM Champion Network Members Improve Experiences for Black Patients February 16, 2023 | 5 min. video The African Descendants Chapter identifies concerns unique to Black patients and works to change protocols for better patient care. Virtually travel with Dr. Johnston, the new surgical director of Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, as he meets with team members across NM — and experience how the health system uses Instagram (log-in required).
U.S. News & World Report Voting Opens Soon January 30, 2023 | 1 min. read Voting for U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" national rankings is expected to begin in mid-February. Look for an email from Doximity to cast your ballot.
2023 Humanitarian Awards and Celebration January 30, 2023 | 1 min. read In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his ongoing legacy of service, Catriese Henning, Vitaliy Poylin, MD, and Diana Xu are honored with this year's awards (login required to view photos and videos on NM Interactive).
New DEA Scam Targets Physicians January 19, 2023 | 1 min. read In this tactic, callers spoof legitimate DEA phone numbers and reference National Provider Identifier numbers and state license numbers to try to extort money or get personal information.Through close collaboration with colleagues at NMH, CDH expands testing and screening capabilities, and adds a dedicated inpatient nursing unit and outpatient clinic to provide care closer to home for patients with liver disease.
Renovated Outpatient Clinic in Evanston Reopens December 8, 2022 | 1 min. read The newly renovated outpatient clinic at 1704 Maple Avenue now offers sports medicine and orthopaedic care, as well as physical therapy and radiology imaging services.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Expands to North Suburbs December 8, 2022 | 2 min. read Better access for patients, shorter wait times for appointments, and space for more therapists and specialty services are the driving forces behind the expansion. A Partial Hospitalization Program and an Intensive Outpatient Program open at Behavioral Health Services Sycamore, increasing access to mental health services in DeKalb County.
NM Starts Paperless Billing for Patients November 23, 2022 | 2 min. read Starting December 1, all patients with active MyNM accounts will only receive their bills in MyNM. They will no longer receive mailed paper statements.
Fall 2022 Leadership Message November 23, 2022 | 3 min. video View the message from the Office of the CEO, featuring Dean M. Harrison, chief executive officer, and Howard B. Chrisman, MD, president and chief operating officer (login required).
NM Starts Paperless Billing for Patients November 10, 2022 | 2 min. read Starting December 1, all patients with active MyNM accounts will only receive their bills in MyNM. They will no longer receive mailed paper statements.
All of Us Research Program Actively Recruiting Participants October 27, 2022 | 3 min. read The program recently launched its first genomic dataset of nearly 100,000 participants, which is available to researchers and scientists across the U.S. Active recruitment will help create even larger research databases.
Q&A With Thomas McAfee, President of NMH October 13, 2022 | 2 min. read McAfee, who has been a leader at NM for 12 years, shares what inspired him to work in health care and what he looks forward to in his new role.
Implicit Bias Training Now Required for All Illinois Licensed Healthcare Professionals April 14, 2022 | 2 min. read To help physicians and advanced practice providers meet this new requirement, NM is offering several trainings that address bias and microaggressions. Physician Scam Alert April 11, 2022 | 1 min. read Several NM physicians have recently received phone calls from an individual purporting to be an officer of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. The caller alleges that the physician has missed a court date and is now being held in contempt of court.
Result Management Initiative Optimizes Adrenal Model March 31, 2022 | 3 min. read A system to alert physicians about radiologists’ findings of adrenal nodules on diagnostic images and track follow-up has been optimized to enhance accuracy and is now live in NM Epic.
New Engagement Survey Launches March 22 March 17, 2022 | 2 min. read NM is addressing feedback from the previous survey with increased hiring, additional support for wellbeing and more actions. Check your email on Tuesday for your unique survey link.
Strategies for Navigating Difficult COVID-19 Conversations March 17, 2022 | 4 min. read Physicians and other NM team members use multiple tactics to diffuse difficult conversations around COVID-19. Review some of the tactics considered most valuable for conversations involving prevention and treatment.
Better is Everywhere March 17, 2022 | 2 min. read Special activities this spring will celebrate the ways that every member of the workforce ensures Better is everywhere at NM. Watch a video to acknowledge the heroism and sacrifice — as well as the joys and triumphs — of the past two years
Better Edge: Collaborative Behavioral HealthPodcast February 8, 2022 | 16 min. listen Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD, discusses how the NM Collaborative Behavioral Health program is helping to address behavioral health access challenges that many patients face.
Action May Be Required to Keep Your Paging Services February 3, 2022 | 1 min. read NM IS is performing an audit of paging devices and accounts to continue paging services for active users only. You may receive a request to confirm use of your pager or Spok Mobile app.
Pandemic Well-being Support for Physicians January 20, 2022 | 2 min. read Physician Well-being Director and Psychiatrist Gaurava Agarwal, MD, emphasizes the importance of community and compassion as the pandemic enters its third year.
Documenting Cancer Stages in Epic Improves Care January 20, 2022 | 3 min. read Led by surgical oncologist Ryan P. Merkow, MD, MS, an initiative involving 40 physicians and clinicians improves the documentation of cancer staging in Epic to enhance quality outcomes.
Primary Care and Emergency Physicians Lead Development of Online Symptom Checker January 6, 2022 | 2 min. to read The new nm.org app allows patients to answer a simple series of questions to receive a recommendation for care. Led by surgical oncologist Ryan P. Merkow, MD, MS, an initiative involving 40 physicians and clinicians improves the documentation of cancer staging in Epic to enhance quality outcomes.
RMG Opens New Urology Clinic in West Region December 16, 2021 | 1 min. to read Led by Steven M. Baughman, MD, Michael A. Rashid, MD, and John G. Christensen Jr., MD, the clinic offers minimally invasive surgery for kidney cancers, robotic prostatectomy, and kidney stone and overactive bladder treatments.
New Cardiac Technologies in West and Northwest Regions November 3, 2021 | 2 min. to read Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute now offers WATCHMAN implants in both the West and Northwest regions for patients with atrial fibrillation, and is expanding availability of an advanced software for cardiac CT scans.
Clinical Library Database Ovid Is Available Systemwide October 7, 2021 | 1 min. to read The subscription-based clinical library is now available to all NM physicians and clinicians, and includes MEDLINE, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and more than 300 full-text journals.
P2P Network Expands to North and West Regions September 23, 2021 | 3 min. to read In addition to the Central Region, the physician peer support program is now serving the North and West Regions, and further expansion is planned for the next fiscal year.
New Patient Survey Platform Now Live Across NM September 9, 2021 | 1 min. to read A short, modern and smart patient survey has launched successfully across inpatient and hospital-based areas throughout the health system.In addition to the Central Region, the physician peer support program is now serving the North and West Regions, and further expansion is planned for the next fiscal year.
First NM Ambulatory Site in South Region Now Open July 22, 2021 | 1 min. to read Northwestern Medicine Mokena is a 48,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility that houses primary and specialty care offices, as well as an Immediate Care Center and Diagnostic Imaging.
Website Increases Global Awareness of NM Physicians July 22, 2021 | 1 min. to read The new NM Breakthroughs for Physicians site enables physicians across the health system and around the world to learn about the clinical and scientific advances made by NM physicians.
Medallia Patient Satisfaction Survey Goes Live May 27, 2021 | 1 min. to read Outpatient areas and emergency departments are implementing a new platform for short, modern and smart patient surveys, and inpatient units will adopt the platform in July.
Lung Transplant Program on Track to Double in Volume May 27, 2021 | 5 min. to read COVID-19 helped to fuel an increase in demand for lung transplants, and members of the vast NM Lung Transplant team have worked tirelessly to meet that need. Here's how they did it.
NM Honors All Physicians On March 30 March 25, 2021 | 1 min. to read NM honors the dedication and heroism of all NM physicians with a special video of thanks, as well as packaged treats delivered to hospital physician lounges and offsite locations.
Vaccine Distribution and Side Effects, and New Virus Strains January 27, 2021 | 4 min. to read The Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health have approved the transition to phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination effort. In accordance with those guidelines, NM has begun inviting designated NM patients age 65 and older to be vaccinated. Invitations will be staggered according to age and ZIP code to ensure equity and efficiency. Also review information about vaccine side effects and new strains of the virus that causes COVID-19.
NM Debuts Comprehensive COVID-19 Center at NMH January 27, 2021 | 3 min. to read The new center, based at NMH, will provide coordinated and convenient care for patients who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to have lingering symptoms.
Dr. Bolon Helps Lead New Contact Tracing Program January 27, 2021 | 2 min. to read NM has partnered with the Chicago Department of Public Health to provide a vital public health service that will notify and counsel individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Interdisciplinary Team Works for Greater Health Equity January 27, 2021 | 5 min. to read The NM Health Equity Action Team (HEAT) seeks to promote policies, programs and services that ensure the highest quality and continuity of care for patients impacted by racism and inequity. DEA X-Waiver Training January 27, 2021 | 1 min. to read Designed for physicians, APPs and medical students, this free Zoom course will be offered at 9 am on Monday, February 22, and will assist with fulfilling the requirements needed to apply for a DEA X-waiver to prescribe Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
Important COVID-19 Updates November 20, 2020 | 2 min. to read NM has instituted numerous systemwide updates, including the rollout of Bamlanivimab monoclonal antibody treatment, revised testing turnaround times, new procedural scheduling and updated visitor policies.
Q&A: Physician Well-Being Director Gaurava Agarwal, MD November 20, 2020 | 10 min. to read Dr. Agarwal, an NM psychiatrist, shares his insights for navigating COVID-19 fatigue and the emotional and mental challenges physicians face in the second wave of the pandemic. Engagement Survey Opens December 8 November 20, 2020 | 3 min. to read Physicians are invited to participate to help leaders identify ways to strengthen resources to support them if needed.
NM to Stop Using Lead Aprons in X-Ray Exams September 24, 2020 | 2 min. to read Considered outdated, studies show that aprons could actually have negative effects. The change will improve patient care by helping to ensure no organs or body parts are hidden during exams.
Quarterly CPR Training Program Pilot is Underway September 24, 2020 | 1 min. to read Instead of classroom training every two years, more than 400 staff members at Marianjoy will receive quarterly CPR training through the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program.
BCVI at CDH Completes 200th TAVR July 28, 2020 | 4 min. to read Led by RMG Interventional Cardiologist Imran Ahmad, MD, and West Region Chief of Cardiac Surgery Gyu Gang, MD, the TAVR team achieves another major milestone, with zero in-hospital mortalities, as advanced heart care expands in the West Region.
Northwestern Medicine Among America’s Best Hospitals July 28, 2020 | 4 min. to read NM hospitals have again achieved regional, state and national recognition in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, with NMH achieving No. 1 in Illinois for the ninth straight year.
Renew Your License Now July 28, 2020 | 2 min. to read The automatic extension ends September 30, and you also have until that same date to complete CME requirements.
COVID-19 Clinical Insights Panel Q&A May 28, 2020 | 4 min. to read The third COVID-19 Clinical Insights Panel open to all NM physicians was held on May 7. Included here are answers to several of the questions your colleagues asked.
New Physician Well-Being Site Now Available May 28, 2020 | 3 min. to read A new site offers systemwide physician well-being resources to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Also, a physician who recovered from COVID-19 uses his experience to help others.
Universal Masking Guidelines May 28, 2020 | 1 min. to read As reactivation in NM facilities progresses, and more physicians and employees are onsite, it is increasingly important to follow universal masking guidelines.
Vocera Use for COVID-19 Communications April 17, 2020 | 1 min. to read Physicians, APPs and residents find Vocera to be an effective tool for communication during the COVID-19 crisis. View a new video tutorial.
COVID-19: New Procedures for Caring for Hospitalized Patients March 24, 2020 | 2 min. to read In an effort to protect our physicians, avoid unnecessary risk to patients, support physical distancing and preserve stocks of PPE, Northwestern Medicine has enacted new procedures for all physicians and APPs who care for hospitalized patients.
License Renewal Temporarily Extended March 24, 2020 | 2 min. to read Providers with licenses that have a renewal date between March 1 and July 31 have been granted an extension through September 30. Also read about opioid CME opportunities.
Redesigned Physician Profiles Now Live on nm.org January 23, 2020 | 1 min. to read Physician and NM leadership are working to optimize the Doctor search functionality on nm.org, including a redesign of the physician profile page that went live in November.
Vaping-Related Lung Injury: What Physicians Need to Know November 19, 2019 | 6 min. to read Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine specialists G.R. Scott Budinger, MD; Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS; and Anne R. Levenson, MD, discuss current knowledge about the illness and recommendations for patient education.
September 2019 On the Front Lines in El Paso and Dayton September 17, 2019 | 9 min. to read On the same day, in different cities, two Northwestern Medicine Surgical Critical Care fellowship graduates put their training to work, saving lives in an experience they will never forget. Here, they recount the events of August 4 and share what they learned.
New Illinois Licensing Requirements September 17, 2019 | 1 min. to read The state now requires at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training for all professions that have continuing education requirements.
NM Launches Healthcare Performance Data on NM.org September 17, 2019 | 2 min. to read The new Quality Care at Northwestern Medicine page provides expanded public-facing performance measures for Northwestern Medicine hospitals and medical groups.
Physician Burnout: Organizations Must Change July 23, 2019 | 4 min. to read Stanford Medicine Chief Wellness Officer Tait Shanafelt, MD, shared the latest research and interventions during Northwestern Medicine Physician Wellness 2019.
Secure Data on USBs in Case of Loss or Theft July 23, 2019 | 1 min. to read Starting next week, USB storage devices that are plugged into Northwestern Medicine-owned computers will require encryption and password protection.
Physician-Led Stroke Council Driving Change May 28, 2019 | 6 min. to read As part of the Integrated Stroke Executive Council, physicians from all regions of the health system are leading more than a dozen initiatives to integrate multiple areas of stroke care across Northwestern Medicine.
Favorite Epic Tips to Improve Efficiency May 28, 2019 | 2 min. to read Instead of hunting and pecking through a patient chart, review these tips and tricks from the Health Informatics team to help you more easily navigate Epic.
Differences in Healthcare Outcomes in Illinois May 28, 2019 | 3 min. to read Health outcomes in the 2019 Illinois Report of the County Health Rankings & Roadmap represent measures of how long people live in the state and how healthy they feel.
Save the Date for Physician Wellness 2019 on May 22 On Wednesday, May 22, Northwestern Medicine will be hosting Physician Wellness 2019, featuring two special presentations from Stanford Medicine Chief Wellness Officer Tait Shanafelt, MD. Both presentations will be streamed live to all regions so all Northwestern Medicine physicians will have an opportunity to participate in this special event.
Enhance Recovery Pathway Update March 19, 2019 | 3 min. to read New systemwide ERPs for colorectal services have resulted in significant reductions in length of stay and readmissions, producing a savings of nearly $900,000 for the health system. ERPs for eight additional services are now in development.
Vocera App Launches January 28 to Offer Secure Texting for Providers January 22, 2019 | 1 min. to read The new Vocera Collaboration Suite will allow providers to securely communicate and collaborate in real-time using personal mobile devices. Designed to improve collaboration across all regions, the new platform features a searchable directory, secure texting on and off Northwestern Medicine campuses, secure communication of personal health information, the ability to view physician availability and create a favorites contact list, message forwarding, and image attachment capabilities.
From Translation to Transplant January 22, 2019 | 4 min. to read Since its launch in 2006, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Hispanic Transplant Program – the first of its kind in the U.S. – has dramatically increased access to liver, kidney and pancreas transplants for this high-risk population.
Flu Cases On the RiseNMI log-in required January 22, 2019 | 1 min. to read Influenza rates are climbing with more than 200 cases recently reported across the health system. View rates in each region on NM Interactive.
MyNM Mobile App Now Available January 22, 2019 | 1 min. to read Download the app for personal use and to help you discuss the new offering with patients, which allows them to view test results, receive messages, find a physician and more.
NMHC and Centegra: Putting Patients First November 5, 2018 | 2 min. to read The affiliation with Centegra Health System will allow Northwestern Medicine to expand into the far northwestern suburbs, and increase access to 10 hospitals and more than 150 locations.
Post-Acute Care Preferred Provider Network Launches November 5, 2018 | 2 min. to read The new network offers 84 healthcare partners recommended by Northwestern Medicine, including home health, hospice providers, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and long-term acute-care facilities.
Symposium Celebrates Women in Medicine November 5, 2018 | 2 min. to read The inaugural Women in Medicine Symposium brought together physicians, scientists, faculty and students to highlight achievements and to identify challenges in career development.
NMH Signs Agreement with United Arab Emirates September 30, 2018 | 2 min. to read Northwestern Memorial Hospital joins a select network of leading U.S. hospitals, including Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Cleveland Clinic, that will provide specialized care to UAE citizens.