May 22, 2024 – Mapping and Building SPHM Practices in Electronic Health Records

[FREE to Members] Presented and recorded live May 22nd, 2024 from 2 PM – 3 PM Eastern


The process for building mobility, critical care progressive mobility, fall risk, skin and other assessments in an EHR and how they can be linked to impact SPHM practices and the care plan will be covered. The importance of documenting promptly and thoroughly not only to help protect nurses and other licensed staff from liability but also to ensure information is quickly available to other providers will be discussed. Identifying opportunities for improvements in EHR function and design will be discussed, as it relates to standardized SPHM practices. EHR documentation should be patient centered and support consistent use of SPHM equipment for caregiver and patient safety, as well as improved outcomes for patients associated with decreasing risks associated with immobility. Examples of screen shots from Cerner, Epic and other EHRs will be shared.

Objectives – After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate documenting in the age of EHRs and actions that can leave nurses and other caregivers open to legal action
  • Understand the burden of documentation and what healthcare organizations are doing to address this issue
  • Discuss interoperability of health data
  • Understand how to build SPHM practices in EHRs and link SPHM equipment to mobility, skin, falls and other assessments, and discharge planning.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in EHR function.

Meet the Speaker(s)

Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP
Teresa Boynton, MS, OTR, CSPHP is currently an independent consultant. From 2015 – 2018 she worked for Hill-Rom assisting healthcare organizations to build safe patient handling and mobility programs focused on: developing effective education and training, improving efficiency and caregiver safety, protecting patients by mobilizing early and often, and use of a standardized assessment linked to mobility practices. Prior to this, Teresa worked for Banner Health for over 26 years where she was focused on: preventing caregiver injuries and resolving workers’ compensation claims and implementing standardized SPHM and fall prevention programs. In 2003 she began work on what became the “Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool,” including building it in EMRs. Using over five years of feedback from BMAT users, she and colleagues developed BMAT 2.0 and published an article and support tools in the July 2020 American Nurse Journal. She received a 2020 “Innovation Award” from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for her work on developing and implementing BMAT and SPHM programs. Teresa is a longtime member of ASPHP and works on the Certification and Renewal Committee and the CSPHP Exam Committee. She regularly presents on complications of immobility, effectively using workers’ compensation and injury data to improve practice and building sustainable SPHM programs that includes use of a standardized mobility assessment.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15826, for 1 contact hour.

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