Becker's Healthcare December 21, 2021
Jackie Drees

Oracle’s $28.3 billion acquisition of Cerner could pave the way to reduce patient data silos and interoperability challenges among hospitals and health systems, some analysts predict, according to a Dec. 21 report in The Wall Street Journal

Seven insights: 

1. The wide range of EHR platforms and lack of interoperability among healthcare organizations hinders providers from easily sharing patient records, which, in turn, limits insights on patients’ health. The Oracle-Cerner deal aims to create a cloud-based platform that could potentially alleviate these data sharing challenges, said Natalie Schibell, a senior analyst at Forrester. 

2. By acquiring Cerner, Oracle said it will be able to provide clinicians with digital tools that will make it easier to access information from the cloud. 

3. Enterprise tech providers such...

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Topics: Cloud, EMR / EHR, Health IT, HIE (Interoperability), Mergers & Acquisitions / JV, Technology, Trends
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