HIMSS10 – Oracle

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Marc Perlman, Global VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences for Oracle speaks with Michael Tranchina at HIMSS10. Mr. Perlman explains that Oracle’s Healthcare business strong and working to meet the needs of the changing healthcare environment. Mr. Perlman discusses how Oracle is helping healthcare create and secure health information networks.

Category: HIMSS10, Tradeshows
Date: March 26, 2010
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Michael Tranchina: Hi, this is Mike Tranchina with EHRtv and today I'm with Marc Perlman, the Global Vice-President of Health Care and Life Sciences for Oracle. How you doing, Marc?

Marc Perlman: Doing well. Thank you very much for interviewing us.

Michael Tranchina: Sure. You know Oracle's got a phenomenal name in the IT market in general. Tell me about your initiatives in the health care arena.

Marc Perlman: Oracle Health Care is a very strong business. As a matter of fact, Oracle really spends a lot of time helping our customers get better results whether it be through business process transformation or electronic health record enablement or really helping them have the right security to be secure. Oracle is doing a very good job these days to really help take cost, quality and access and extend them to collaboration and continuity of care. You know, as we start looking at the changing health care environment and needing to focus on, not episodes of care, but really looking at a patient for the long term whether in be inpatient or outpatient or working in their physician's office to try to take care of a chronic condition like diabetes, Oracle is very strong in enabling the technology to do so. For instance, this year at HIMSS, we introduced our health management platform which really is a health system without walls. What we're finding is that our customers are saying that with the health system without walls, they can really monitor their patients, take care of them and once they leave that facility, ensure that the continuity of care really does happen. It also helps our physicians because when it comes to collaborating with the patients, whether it be through education or even an e-commerce with the hospital systems, Oracle's Health management platform has been very effective.

Michael Tranchina: So the term cloud computing is really been a buzz word lately. Tell me how Oracle is positioning yourself in the cloud.

Marc Perlman: Oracle is really enabling all of our technology to where it can be deployed in multiple ways including the cloud. For instance, our Beehive Collaboration technology can be deployed in the cloud which really will enable our partners, who develop on the technology or the hospital systems who are using it locally, to be able to do it cost effectively and do it quickly. That's very important these days because we have to help drive down the cost of health care. When you do that, when you have open standards and make sure that you have technology that really does drive results for the lowest possible cost, the health systems are much more viable and that's what's really important these days.

Michael Tranchina: So interoperability I imagine is tied right in with the cloud. Do you have any initiatives or what are you doing in terms of helping the health care IT industry become more interoperable?

Marc Perlman: We've also introduced at HIMSS this year our secure care strategy which is really the ability of security collaborations, secure records exchange. We've announced a couple of partnerships this year, one of them with ADVA Health Care for their impact status center which will allow them to move radiological images very efficiently and very fast. We've also looked to do things, not only on the security side but to make sure that as we drive the collaboration, Oracle is there for it. So when you look to enabling EMRs and what's happening in the world, we believe the security in that infrastructure and really having high-performance technology that again, drives the results is important. We've also have introduced our Exadata machine which we call the screaming database machine. It really is technology that we've integrated with our database and what it will do is when you start getting into health care analytics, which are absolutely vital to ensure that you have quality of care, you can measure it, you can look at clinical pathways Exadata will get through that very quickly, it will do it cheaply and it's basically commodity hardware.

Michael Tranchina: Mark, I understand you've announced the Oracle Health Care Analytics product. Could you tell me more about that.

Marc Perlman: Absolutely. EHA or Enterprise Health Care Analytics is a new data structure that we've introduced for the health care industry that provides a very open architecture and allows all the data elements that a health system or a payer would really need to have within its domain. The other exciting part about it is that not only will Oracle be introducing and developing applications on top of it, the data model will be something that our customers can actually extend and drive value with themselves so if they want to start using the data to analyze cost and quality aspects or ultimately one day when we get into genetic medicine and personalized medicine, they’ll have that ability with our Enterprise Healthcare Analytics. It's a very comprehensive and exciting thing. Oracle's extremely strong in analytics and we're very proud to announce it at HIMSS this year.

Michael Tranchina: That's great. Thank you Marc, really appreciate your time.

Marc Perlman: Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

Michael Tranchina: This is Mike Tranchina with EHRtv.

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