Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services, including Oracle Health and its acquired electronic health record giant Cerner.
Heading into next week’s 2023 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition, the most important healthcare trend for big tech companies is the human element. The organization knows that physicians and employees are burned out. This was a problem before the pandemic and that crisis put a fine point on it.
When they burn out, quality of care suffers, and good people leave the field altogether, the company warns.
“We can’t solve the entire problem, but we can and should work on ways to address one of the main drivers of physician and staff burnout—the administrative burden that’s a constant source of complaints,” said Mike Sicilia, executive vice president, Oracle Global Industries. “By reducing that burden, we can reduce discomfort and increase the time physicians and staff are free to do what they do best, which is taking care of people.”
Healthcare IT News I sat down with Cecilia to get a sneak preview of what Oracle will be at HIMSS23.
Q. What are the most important healthcare technology trends at HIMSS23?
A. We have to finish our work. The first step was the digitization of patient records, but now we need to complete the process of creating an open, intuitive and fully connected ecosystem.
At Oracle, we’re doing this through a cloud-based platform that brings everything together in a highly secure and secure environment.
In addition to patient data, we bring data from human capital management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain, clinical trials and research, and more to paint a more complete picture of what individual patients need to treat, but also to do better. Jobs running a healthcare organization.
This is where healthcare technology is headed – this is where it must be headed.
Q. I am sure you will be introduced to different things at HIMSS23. Please offer a sneak peek at one of those new items
A. Our three primary goals are to improve global health, accelerate innovation and reduce healthcare costs. These things are strongly intertwined because each contributes to the other, so it’s about developing products that enable all three.
Take, for example, Seamless Exchange, an advanced interoperable tool that enables a patient, who may have first received treatment at a clinic in New York, to move for days or months or even to a hospital in Los Angeles. A few years later, and it feels like they just walked down the hall.
Information follows the patient, and space is immaterial. Everyone wins because the data is cumulative, and it only needs to be collected once.
Likewise, we are bringing connections to clinical research. By sharing more than 100 million de-identified patient records from 100 healthcare organizations through the Oracle Cerner Learning Health Network, we are advancing that research.
Clinicians and communities that have not had the opportunity to be a part of clinical discovery can now do so – enabling them to gain access to new therapeutics, diagnostics and drugs more quickly.
All this makes the system more efficient, but we can still do more. Right now, in many places, financial management is highly inefficient, with payers, providers and hospital groups all running disconnected systems. It is no longer needed.
With Cerner RevElate, we’re helping organizations align those systems For example, at a large health system, RevElate is helping them reduce repetitive and time-consuming processes through automation of their billing cycle – saving time and money.
Q. What is Oracle’s primary message to HIMSS23 attendees?
A. While other tech companies have dipped their toes into healthcare, Oracle is leading the way.
Imagine an open, intelligent cloud-based platform that securely connects providers, providers and patients to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve health. And if it’s so intuitive that doctors can spend less time on administrative tasks and more time on patient care.
Then imagine how it can solve complex staffing requirements to reduce employee turnover while helping to ensure life-saving supplies are never out of stock. We are turning to Oracle for our customers and their patients.
Q. What do you think healthcare provider CIOs and similar health IT leaders should be paying most attention to now that the pandemic is ending as a public health emergency?
A. Like the physicians and staff they support, healthcare CIOs and IT leaders need to focus on the patient. Historically, healthcare IT has been built around hospitals, health systems and physicians and has been patient in mind.
What we’re doing is putting the patient first by building an open, intelligent, cloud-based platform that connects it all – the patient, the community, everything – so that the individual receives the best care, and the organization is always advancing as it leverages cutting-edge technology and colleagues around the world. and benefit from the collective knowledge of partners.
Often when we use the term “efficiency” in healthcare it is a euphemism for cutting costs by cutting corners. In a patient-centered system, there are no corners to cut.
Everything interacts seamlessly and efficiency is delivered through better outcomes, lower administrative costs and happier, more engaged clinicians and staff.
Oracle Health will be exhibiting at booth 921 at HIMSS23.
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