Oracle Offers New Health Care Applications for Data Storage, Analysis
Oracle announced two health care IT applications at the Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society Conference & Exhibition March 1,
a venue being used by a multitude of tech companies to introduce their own
health care software products.
The two applications include Oracle Healthcare
Transaction Base 6.1, a multiple-use data repository for administrative,
clinical and financial health care data, as well as a health care analytics
package that includes Oracle Healthcare Data Warehouse Foundation and Oracle
Operating Room Analytics. The latter offering takes warehoused clinical data
including electronic medical records and patient accounting, which can then be
data-mined via baked-in business intelligence solutions.
"Healthcare providers have long struggled with effectively measuring
clinical quality, operational efficiency and financial performance in a timely
and actionable manner," Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general
manager of Oracle Health Services, wrote in a statement. "Oracle's enterprise
health care analytics is designed specifically for healthcare providers to help
them unlock the value of electronic health information to enable quality
performance and clinical excellence, to drive departmental and operational
efficiencies, and accelerate innovation to the point of care."
Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base 6.1 provides "a complete, centralized,
and normalized data source for viewing data via a portal or other health care
applications," according to a March 1 company statement, which in turn could
lower a health care organization's costs and time needed to access data.
Oracle is also emphasizing its health care analytics package as
customizable for particular health care organizations, particularly its Oracle
Healthcare Data Warehouse Foundation. The company's Oracle Operating Room
Analytics is capable of analyzing case volumes, utilization rates, turnover
times, and some 200 pre-built operational efficiency measures.
These new releases suggest that Oracle is attempting to extend its
strategy of providing integrated, end-to-end software platforms to the health
care IT space. The company's integration of Sun Microsystems, a $7.4 billion
deal originally announced in April 2009, will likely contribute towards this
goal by allowing Java and Solaris to be more fully integrated into its existing
product lineup; several of its major releases in 2009, notably Oracle Fusion Middleware
11g, are similarly aimed at
providing end-to-end platforms. Oracle's stated near-term goal is to challenge
IBM in the systems arena.
Other IT companies are using the HIMSS conference to debut new products
On Feb. 24, Microsoft and Eclipsys announced a deal that would integrate
the latter's Sunrise Enterprise suite into Microsoft' Amalga Unified
Intelligence System, providing a more robust data-storage and analytics
platform. Microsoft has been pushing Amalga as a solution that provides health
care workers with a single point of access to information from across a health
care organization's system.
"Blending Eclipsys' leadership in physician adoption and sophisticated
clinical and decision-support workflows with Microsoft's leadership in
interoperability, data extraction, authentication and context management will
open up new choices and opportunities for health care organizations needing to
make the most from their existing IT infrastructure," Peter Neupert, corporate
vice president of Microsoft Health Solutions Group, wrote in a Feb. 24
statement. "Eclipsys and Microsoft offer complementary strengths to health care
enterprises looking to overcome the restraints caused by legacy health IT
applications that block the strategic exchange and use of digital health
Microsoft has also been expanding its HealthVault technology, a cloud-based depository for patients' medical information. Unveiled in October 2009, HealthVault is now diametrically positioned in competition with Google Health, which allows patients to store their health care information and share it with both doctors and trusted contacts.