Cerner acquisition by Oracle sets the stage for EHR upgrade

Oracle’s landmark $28.3 billion acquisition of healthcare IT services provider Cerner has the industry’s brightest minds questioning whether Big Tech’s foray into improving electronic health records ( EHR) will really improve the provider experience for nurses and doctors. According to Larry Ellison, Oracle Co-Founder, President and CTO of Oracle, this monumental healthcare IT transaction, which is also the largest ever for Oracle, “will provide our overworked healthcare professionals with a new generation of easier-to-use digital tools. tools that provide access to information through a hands-free voice interface to secure cloud applications.”

Ellison’s optimism extends to the commitment to “zero unscheduled downtime in the medical environment” for Cerner’s customers. Oracle’s trifecta of autonomous database, voice-enabled digital assistant user interface, and low-code development tools will help move Cerner to its Gen2 Cloud. Cerner CEO Dr. David Feinberg said the collaboration with Oracle is “an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate our work modernizing electronic health records, improving the caregiver experience, and enabling patient care.” more connected, high quality and efficient”.

Although the EHR’s lack of user-friendliness has been a longstanding complaint from healthcare providers, rapid advances in technology mean that increasing its data incorporation capabilities has required more development resources than warranted. improved convenience of use. This harsh reality of the EHR presents a unique challenge for IT managers as well as clinicians and it is something Oracle will need to address in the future.

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