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November 7, 2019

Cerner Millennium Electronic Infrastructure and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Selected for Installation in The Rockefeller University Hospital
By Prasanth Manukonda, MS, MA and Maija Williams, MPH

The Rockefeller University Hospital is in the process of implementing Cerner Millennium as our electronic infrastructure and Electronic Health Record (EHR).  The hospital devoted more than three years to assessing different systems in order to identify one that is the very best fit for Rockefeller's unique structure.  One of the key features that made Cerner Millennium the unanimous choice of the review team is its HIPPA-compliant clinical support application termed PowerTrials, which is fully integrated into Cerner’s EHR (Power Chart).  PowerTrials efficiently organizes and maintains protocol enrollment data on each research participant according to the study in which they are enrolled, facilitating oversight of Rockefeller’s entire research portfolio. PowerTrials also has a prescreening function that can be used to search PowerChart for potentially eligible research participants using pre-established recruitment criteria.  In addition, other extremely valuable components of Cerner Millennium include: 1. Sophisticated research participant scheduling system, which is applicable to both inpatients in the Rockefeller University Hospital and outpatients in the Heilbrunn Outpatient Center. 2) Support of bionutritional studies, and 3. Advanced pharmacy system, including physician order entry and formulary control. Other features of the Cerner system that impressed the review team were superior functionality, ease of use, and ease of customization.

Most importantly, it will provide a secure patient portal for bidirectional exchange of information between research participants and investigators. One of the highest priorities of our research program is to engage patients in all phases of the research process, from setting priorities and designing and executing studies, to returning data about the study to participants and understanding of the broad implications of the results of the studies. The Patient Portal will enhance our ability to achieve all of these goals.

Implementation of the Cerner system began in September and is scheduled to take approximately 9 months, with a “go live” scheduled for April 2020. Roll out will include intense training of staff, which has already begun, and extensive testing prior to implementation. Once Cerner Millennium is fully implemented it will provide a truly state-of-the-art electronic infrastructure to support clinical investigation at Rockefeller far into the future. We are confident that it will improve quality and efficiency, streamline operations, and promote patient safety, as well as increase our ability to participate in activities of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. 

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