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Annual Medical Staff Education for all Medical Staff and Trainees
Annual Medical Staff Education for all Medical Staff and Trainees (Faculty, Advanced Practice Professionals, Residents, Fellows and Students) at Harris Health must be completed for our compliance with regulatory requirements.

Please complete the Harris Health System Medical Staff Annual Mandatory Education via the Learning Management System (SABA) by Nov. 15, 2023. 

If you have already completed Annual Medical Staff Education in July/August 2023, please disregard this memo. If you have not, please follow the instructions below:
  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Type in the address bar or click -​.  
  3. Enter your (Harris Health) User ID and Password. 
  4. Once logged on, go to the Browse field (upper right hand side of the screen), type Onboarding/Annual Medical Staff. When the course details page displays, click the “Launch” button.
  5. Indicate that you want to “Retake” the course. 
  6. Confirm the course is now appearing in your enrollments by viewing your dashboard or navigating to My Learning/Enrollments.
  7. Complete the Annual education manual, and answer the education assessment quiz (80% required to pass).

Training can be completed on your mobile device. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Medical Staff Services at 713-873-2309.

Texas House Bill 3834 requires that municipal, local and state government employees and contractors using computer systems at least 25% or more of the time to perform their work, must complete an annual certified cybersecurity training program to ensure the protection of sensitive information. In compliance with this state law, ALL Harris Health Workforce Members with access to a Harris Health computer system are required to complete the HB 3834 Cybersecurity Awareness Training course by close of business on Thursday, Aug. 31. Failure to complete this training by the deadline will result in loss of network access until the training has been successfully completed.

1. Baylor medical staff can access the Harris Health Cybersecurity training through the learning plan in SABA and will need to complete the training before 8/31. Click here to start the modules.
2. If it has not been added, search for “HB 3834 Cybersecurity Awareness Mandatory Training” in the search bar.
3. The training will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and can be saved and restarted according to your schedule.

*UT medical staff will need to complete the Cybersecurity training through the instructions provided by UT before Aug. 31, 2023.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our shared mission of providing outstanding healthcare services.

Medical Staff Recognition from Grateful Patients 

Thomas Alan Gerbus, MD
LBJ Hospital Emergency Department

"Everything went promptly well with the visit, and I had no questions about it, no doubts that everything went well. Thank you, Dr. Gerbus, for responding to my calls."

Sonam Patel, MD
Baytown Health Center

"Dr. Patel is very competent, compassionate and understanding. She takes the time to listen to her patients and gives good feedback and relates the problem. She looks into other things that could be, you know, going on right. She calls you back in to see what the results are and she explains. She's very thorough with her explanations." 

Mesha M. Shaw, MD
Ben Taub Hospital 3A Med/Surg

"Dr. Mesha Shaw is an excellent doctor. She is very caring with her patients." 

Harris Health Residents’ Town Hall Quarterly Meeting 
We had a wonderful Resident Town Hall meeting on July 25 to discuss the latest quality and safety updates. This town hall meeting aims to foster an inclusive environment where everyone’s voices can be heard. There were some questions raised during the meeting which we are reviewing and following up on all of them. We will be providing an update on this shortly. As part of our commitment to enhancing our support, please complete this quick survey today. Your feedback is immensely valuable to us and will guide our efforts towards delivering exceptional healthcare experiences.

Quality and Safety Updates

Important Patient Safety Message
In the event there is a concern related to a patient’s decision-making capacity and the patient is stating they want to leave and/or are attempting to elope, ANY medical staff, including faculty, residents and advanced practice providers, have the ability and responsibility to ask for the patient to be prevented from leaving until a safe plan of care can be enacted. While psychiatry can lend support and assist with complex determinations of capacity, medical staff should not wait for or depend upon psychiatry services to make a capacity determination before acting to protect and contain an at risk patient. Keeping the patient safe is our first priority.

Compliance Update: Changes to Consent and End-of-Life Care Law
Please plan to join us at one of three scheduled Town Halls to learn and ask questions about changes in state law related to consent for treatment and end-of-life care which take effect on Sept. 1, 2023.  Panelists from our Medical Staff, Legal and Compliance teams will facilitate the discussion.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 7 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 at noon
  • Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
Health Informatics, Data Science and IT Updates

HIDS Physician Links (attachment)
Efficiency Hour (attachment)
QRG Provider Workflow PTA Patient Supplied Medications 

Health Informatics and Data Science Town Halls 
The Health Informatics and Data Science Department is hosting a series of town halls, to give you a way to meet its leadership team as they cover topics associated with the Electronic Health Record (EHR), technology and data. Here is the town hall schedule for the next three months and a high-level overview of the topics to be covered.


Wednesday, Aug. 30, 12-1 PM
Introduction to Health Informatics and Data Science leadership team
Quick Tips
Q & A Session

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12-1 PM
Epic Upgrade Review
Restraints Process Update
Quick Tips
Q & A Session

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 12-1 PM
Data Requests Intake & Prioritization Process Review
Quick Tips
Q & A Session

A separate communication will be sent with WebEx details for each town hall closer to the event dates. If you have any questions, please contact Siraj Anwar, chief health informatics officer, at

Medical Affairs Updates

Our top priority in the Medical Affairs department is to deliver unparalleled assistance to our medical staff. Kindly do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns. 

Research Corner
Rashmi Maganti, MD, Medicine: Rheumatology, is part of an international multicenter study which is the first trial of brepocitinib in persons with dermatomyositis. Dermatomyositis is a rare, immune-mediated inflammatory disorder of the skin and muscles that affects between 9 to 21 persons per 100,000 in the U.S. with primary manifestations that include symmetric, proximal muscle pain and weakness with a characteristic violaceous rash (Gottron’s sign, Gottron’s papules, and/or a heliotrope rash). The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy and safety of oral brepocitinib (a tyrosine kinase [TYK] 2/Janus kinase [JAK] 1 inhibitor) compared to placebo in patients with dermatomyositis. 

Chad Wilson, MD, MPH, Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, is looking to answer an important question about how to provide the best care for someone with severe bleeding and life-threatening injuries. Hemorrhage is the most common, preventable cause of death following trauma. Hence, an improved approach to control hemorrhage is an important unmet need. Dr. Wilson’s new study is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, large simple trial to investigate the efficacy and safety of a single intravenous (IV) infusion of BE1116 (Kcentra® / Beriplex®; 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate [human]) in subjects who have traumatic injury, with confirmed or suspected acute major bleeding and/or predicted to receive a large volume blood product transfusion.

Clinical Documentation Improvement

Fun Friday Healthcare Humor                 
Wellness Tip: Please try to practice mindfulness daily. This is the act of being aware of what is happening in the present moment. One way to accomplish this is to focus on your deep breathing techniques. Take a few deep breaths and focus on the air flowing in and out of your lungs. This will help to center your mind while positively impacting your thoughts and mood. 

Thank you for all that you do each and every day. We hope you have a safe and fabulous week!