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Oracle's Ellison Pitches US Health Database With Power of Cerner

  • Purchase for $28 billion completed after regulatory approvals
  • Acquisition gives Oracle huge foothold in health-tech industry
Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Oracle Corp. is looking to develop a national system of digital health care records after completing its acquisition of electronic medical records provider Cerner Corp.

“Data today is fragmented in thousands of databases across the United States,” Larry Ellison, Oracle board chairman and chief technology officer, said Thursday at a press briefing. “We’re going to solve this problem by putting a unified national health records database on top of all of these of thousands of separate hospital databases.” Ellison said this new system will only have anonymous information until individual patients give consent.