Oracle thinks it can fix healthcare’s biggest tech issue – Nicole Wetsman

Larry Ellison, Oracle board chairman and chief technology officer. | Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Just after closing a $28 billion deal to acquire electronic health records company Cerner, tech giant Oracle said it thinks it can solve one of the biggest tech problems in healthcare: patient records.

The combined companies will create a national health records database that pulls in data from thousands of hospitals, said Larry Ellison, Oracle board chairman and chief technology officer, during a press briefing. Patient data would be anonymous until individuals give consent to share their information. “We’re building a system where all American citizens’ health records not only exist at the hospital level, but they also are in a unified national health records database,” Ellison said.

Ellison outlined the well-trodden problems with the…

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