Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison says in a Cerner acquisition update that hospital EHRs – he names Cerner, Epic, and Allscripts – fragment records across providers because each hospital buys and operates its own, preventing providers from accessing a patient’s records in an emergency and limiting the value to public health researchers.
Ellison says Oracle will create a national EHR database that is continuously updated via updates from provider EHRs. Providers will be able to access identifiable information if authorized by the patient, while public health researchers would be limited to a de-identified view.
Ellison says Millennium will be significantly enhanced with voice UI, AI models, and automated clinical management. He mentioned the oncology decision support work of Project Ronin, of which Ellison is a co-founder.
Much of the presentation touted Oracle’s other healthcare offerings, such as ERP, workforce management, clinical trials, and cloud services.
Cerner will operate under the name Oracle Cerner, according to several references in the presentation.
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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
IBM Chairman and CEO Arvind Krishna tells attendees at a stock market analyst conference that the company sold Watson Health to Francisco Partners for $1 billion in January because IBM just didn’t have the domain expertise to keep the product viable in healthcare. The company is now focused on developing Watson’s AI capabilities for automated order-taking at fast-food chains and IT operational efficiencies.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services awards Cognosante a $16 million contract to migrate the state’s Patient and Provider Network and Public Health Gateway to a new HIE platform the company will also help to develop.
First Databank hires Any Comeau (Greensea Systems) as SVP of sales and marketing.
Mobile Heartbeat names Annabaker Garber, RN, PhD chief clinical officer.
Matthew Grose (Optum) joins Ōmcare as CTO.
Thomas Bartiromo (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) joins Tower Health (PA) as VP/CTO.
Doctivity promotes Cathryn Connolley-Kluck to president and Haili Coombe to VP of client engagement and software product innovation.
Announcements and Implementations
Carilion Clinic (VA) integrates TytoCare’s telemedicine software and devices into its virtual care program.
In Canada, Hamilton Health Sciences employees celebrate the seven-hospital system’s Epic go-live.
A recent study from Net Health company Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes finds that 82% of physical therapy patients with low back pain who received rehabilitation via telemedicine during the pandemic were very satisfied with their treatment results. Outcomes were found to be equally effective and visits as efficient as in-office appointments.
- EVisit wins a silver Digital Health Award in the connected digital health: telehealth/RPM category.
- Black Book Research announces that Netsmart has earned the 2022 award for highest customer satisfaction in its annual client experience performance ratings for enterprise behavioral health EHR vendors.
- Everbridge joins the AWS Independent Software Vendor Accelerate program.
- FDB names Patrick Mulry customer success manager.
- Nordic posts a video titled “The Impact of Cloud on Patient Care.”
- Healthwise wins a merit Digital Health Award in the digital health media/publications: video category.
- Imprivata wins three awards from Cyber Defense Magazine in the categories of most comprehensive identity and access management, next gen identity security, and market leader privileged access management.
- The Empowered Patient Podcast features Medicomp Systems CEO Dave Lareau.
- NTT Data publishes a new case study showcasing how its solutions have improved Independent Health’s IT experience for employees and transforms its infrastructure services.
- Symplr partners with human resources analytics company Visier to develop healthcare workforce analytics to help organizations more effectively recruit, hire, and retain staff.
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