Two new methods of recording electronic medical records (EMRs) have been launched at Keck Medicine of USC, according to a recent announcement from administrators. Physicians and clinical staff have started using Nuance’s Dragon Medical One and Cerner’s Millennium + Mobile Applications as part of a phased rollout. Both platforms will be available to all providers by fall 2018.

Dragon Medical One is a cloud-based voice-to-text dictation solution. Medical staff will use the PowerMic Mobile app on their handheld devices for quick and convenient documentation directly into Keck Care. The app features both voice-commands and auto-texts, making documentation faster than ever.

In addition to the Dragon transcription, Keck Medicine now offers providers the following Cerner Millennium+ mobile applications:

  1. PowerChart Touch (iOS only): review notes and results and use voice commands for EMR documentation, place orders and ePrescribe non-controlled medications from a mobile device.
  2. Camera Capture (iOS and Android): capture and upload clinical images directly into the patient chart.
  3. Message Center (iOS and Android): review results, sign orders and send messages to patients and colleagues.
  4. Instanote (iOS and Android): transcribe notes quickly into the EMR.

Feedback from initial users has been overwhelmingly positive, administrators noted.

“I had to round this past weekend by myself and did a discharge summary and all progress notes and H/P using Nuance Dragon, (which) literally cut down on my daily work time by two hours, easily,” said Vivian Mo, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine (clinician educator) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Future users will receive an email invitation to enroll in a Healthstream eLearning session.