TJC is delaying the removal of the ban on texting orders, which updates an article in the May 11, 2016, issue of Joint Commission Online. The updated release date for guidance is late September 2016.
The TJC determined that more guidance is required to safely implement secure texting of orders, it announced.
CMS will collaborate with the TJC on more guidance for text orders to ensure congruency with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The TJC and CMS will develop a series of documents with Frequently Asked Questions documents to assist healthcare organizations with incorporating text orders into their policies and procedures. This guidance information will supplement the recommendations in the May 2016 Perspectives article permitting the use of secure text messaging to transmit orders.