2018–19 Flu Mask Requirement Ends May 6

The Brigham’s Department of Infection Control has been closely monitoring influenza activity in our hospital and in the broader community. While we are still seeing some sporadic cases, overall influenza activity is down, and this year’s influenza season appears to be concluding. As of Monday, May 6, personnel who were exempted from the vaccination requirement for the 2018–19 flu season will no longer need to wear a mask for all clinical encounters.

Call for Beta-Testers: Help iHub Test New Wayfinding App

Brigham’s Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) is preparing to launch a new mobile wayfinding app, which will take advantage of iOS and Android devices’ native capabilities to track your location in real-time and guide you to your chosen destination on the main campus. To ensure we’re providing the best mobile experience for patients and families, iHub needs your help to test the app and let us know what works well and what could be improved. If you would like to be a beta-tester, learn more at BWHPikeNotes.org or stop by an information table on Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., on the Tower 2 mezzanine.

2019 Patient Safety Culture Survey

A Patient Safety Culture Survey was sent out on May 1 to Brigham Health faculty and staff whose work directly affects patient care. The survey is being administered by a third party, Pascal Metrics, and can be completed on a computer or mobile device. Individual responses will be kept confidential. Supervisors and managers will not have access to responses. For more information, visit BWHPikeNotes.org.

Celebrating Bike Week, May 11–19

The Massachusetts Academic and Scientific Community Organization will host Bike Week, May 11–19, throughout the Longwood Medical Area (LMA). There will be free events, which will include food and bike checkups at the Brigham and other LMA institutions. Attendees may also sign up for the MassCommute Bike Challenge, which allows cyclists to log miles and become eligible to win prizes throughout the week. Visit masco.org/directions/bike-week-2019 to learn more.