One of the top health systems in the U.S., Advocate
Illinois Masonic Medical Center (AIMMC) is a 408-
bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center
and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with
nearly 900 physicians, 300 residents and 700 nurses
using Cerner Millennium®.
When a Joint Commission site visit revealed indecipherable and incomplete documentation in its GI and surgery departments—illegible documentation, missing signatures, dates and time stamps—AIMMC chose PowerNote®, part of the Cerner Millennium EHR, to fix things.
Adem Arslani BSN, MS
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
To ensure rapid and comprehensive adoption while
still maintaining physician satisfaction, AIMMC
implemented Dragon® Medical Network Edition from
With 100% adoption, the benefits would be huge: complete and universally available electronic patient records, increased physician efficiency, Meaningful Use, Joint Commission compliance, and the ability to bill more accurately for services.
Until AIMMC achieved 100% use of Cerner PowerNote, it would be living in a “hybrid” environment, with parts of the patient record on paper and other parts in digital format. The EHR wouldn’t provide a complete picture of the patient; physicians might be making decisions without key patient data.
Many physicians did not like typing notes into Cerner PowerNote, so boosting adoption meant accommodating a variety of preferences with a wide range of input options, including advanced speech recognition.