Oracle adds Health Sciences Information Manager to its health information exchange to simplify data management and improve privacy.
Oracle has announced some additions
to its HIE, or health information exchange, to improve interoperability of
health information and boost data management and privacy.
Called Oracle Health Information
Exchange, the platform allows health care companies and government
organizations to share patient data while lowering costs and boosting revenues,
Oracle reports. By making the platform scalable and secure, Oracle simplifies
the process of deploying an HIE, according to the company.
With health care
organizations integrating data from multiple health record databases, security
is a key concern, according to Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and
general manager for Oracle Health Sciences.
Information Exchange helps organizations move beyond these challenges-speeding
time to value and optimizing the secure exchange of electronic health
information with an extensible, open suite of solutions designed to work
together out of the box and running on a robust, reliable and secure technology
infrastructure," de Crescenzo said in a statement.
To increase compatibility
with other health-record databases, Oracle has added support for the federal Connect
(Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise)
Connect is an open-source
application for setting up an HIE, while IHE is an information-exchange
standard based on DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) and
HL7 (Health Level Seven International).
The Oracle HIE platform is
built on Oracle's Fusion middleware as well as other applications in its
Along with Oracle Enterprise
Healthcare Analytics, health care professionals can use data in the
interoperable HIE to improve the quality and effectiveness of care while making
the organization's operations more efficient.
"Empowering health care
providers with accurate and complete patient information when and where it is
needed can have a tremendous impact on improving quality of care and patient
outcomes-while also helping to drive down health care delivery costs," de
A new component to the
Oracle HIE platform is the Oracle Health Sciences Information Manager, an
open-standard application that simplifies data management, improves data
privacy and security, and allows for analysis and auditing for regulatory
compliance, Oracle reports.
Using the interoperable
Information Manager, health care practices can access data from separate
In addition, with the
preconfigured software images of the Oracle VM Template, Information Manager
reduces the cost and time of typical HIE software installations, Oracle
It also integrates data
privacy and security in a single location while streamlining compliance with
standards, according to de Crescenzo.
Information Manager includes
the Oracle Health Sciences Health Policy Engine, which automates the management
of information access to eliminate human error.
The Oracle HIE platform also
adds Health Sciences Information Gateway, which provides secure, policy-based
communications for health data traveling over the Internet.
Meanwhile, the HIE's
Healthcare Master Person Index provides a single view of data on a patient or
clinician within a health care organization or HIE.
Oracle announced the new
offerings at the HIMSS11 (Health Information Management and Systems Society
2011) conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21.
On Feb. 14, Oracle
introduced a new application for the health
care supply chain
, called OPSCA (Oracle Healthcare Provider Supply Chain
In another announcement at
HIMSS, Oracle said leading Canadian EHR provider Wolf Medical Systems
would implement its
Sun Ray Clients as part of Wolf's virtualization strategy. Wolf expects the Sun
Ray tool to improve doctors' time with patients. Sun Ray Clients' smart-card
readers will bring doctors portable "right-where-you-left-off"
capabilities when accessing patient records.
simplicity and efficiency of Oracle's Sun Ray Clients help our customers save
valuable time and allow them to focus on delivering the best possible patient
care," Dr. Brendan Byrne, president and CEO of Wolf Medical Systems, said
in a statement.
Sun Ray clients will give
caregivers that use Wolf applications extra mobility along with security,
according to Marc Perlman, Oracle's global vice president for health care and
"With Oracle's Sun Ray
Clients and Oracle's virtual desktop solutions, health care providers are
gaining immediate role-based, secure access to the information they need to
provide patients with the best care possible," Perlman said in a statement.