One of the health industry’s greatest information technology challenges is to find a reliable, secure, and cost-effective method to share information. Oracle’s Healthcare Integration provides health industry organizations with a flexible, secure, and cost-effective
platform for enterprise-wide information sharing. This solution also enables standards-based data transport for compliance with federal mandates transactions and adverse event reporting, and serves as the basis of any J2EE application and Web services development.

Interoperability is essential. In a clinical setting, reliable, timely, and accurate information
sharing has a direct impact on patient safety. Interoperability is also essential to the business operations of all types of health organizations, both internally and externally. Internally, organizations must share information among a variety of systems such as research and development systems, clinical systems, claims systems, and financial systems. Externally, these organizations must share information such as claims data, patient records, supplier requisitions, and government reports.
While it is essential, interoperability is also painful; it is widely recognized that a large  percentage of IT budgets is spent on interoperability-related projects.

For a health industry executive, the ability to exchange data between applications within the executive’s environment, with external trading partners, and with government agencies remains a daunting and costly task. Traditionally, several niche vendors have dominated the market by using proprietary technology to solve specific types of interoperability problems. This approach has led many organizations to seek out a new or customized solution for each new interoperability business challenge.
Often, the result is that one health organization uses many platforms, creating a  heterogeneous environment that is difficult to manage and costly to operate.

In addition to the traditional exchange of data between providers and payors, major national initiatives such as the Public Health Information Network (PHIN), the National Health Information Network (NHIN), the Medicare Modernization Act and the Medicare Information Technology Architecture (MMA and MITA), Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) initiatives, Health Information Exchanges (HIE), and emerging federal and state drug safety laws further challenge an organization’s ability to exchange data.

Health industry organizations need an enterprise-wide, information-sharing platform that is: based on standards, flexible enough to co-exist with existing systems, secure enough to provide data integrity and protect patient privacy, and reliable enough to meet the rigorous demands of the health industry. Such a platform will enable organizations to leverage electronic information-sharing to help reduce costs and,more importantly, support the core mission of high quality patient care.

Diagnostic images are key components of patient information, so efficient image storage and rapid delivery are important features of electronic health record systems. Oracle Multimedia delivers full support for DICOM, the format universally recognized as the standard for medical imaging, with extensible metadata extraction to satisfy any institution’s image storage requirements. Large repositories of DICOM-format content (data from CT, MRI, X-ray, and ultrasound equipment, pathology images, and more) that are managed and secured using Database tools
Provides a rich set of security, privacy, conformance, and validation features to enable open, scalable healthcare applications
Includes application programming interfaces, JavaServer Page servlets, and PL/SQL procedures and functions to simplify development
Automatically copies and reformats DICOM images into standard image formats such as JPEG

Interoperate with Internal and External Systems
Healthcare solutions face growing requirements to integrate data from various devices and multiple systems into electronic health records. However, these systems and devices often do not send data in a standard format or filter the enormous amounts of data they generate. As the number of devices and applications on the market increases, you need a scalable solution for device management and data integration.

Based on industry standards, including healthcare standards such as DICOM and Health Level 7 (HL7). Supporting many hardware and software platforms—including Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition application servers and directory servers, as well as Microsoft, IBM, and SAP software—it lets you adopt a service-oriented architecture (SOA) in heterogeneous computing environments. SOAs are based on loosely coupled services with interfaces that are independent of the implementation. You can build, use, and reuse services according to changing business needs, and easily integrate across dissimilar platforms.
SOA-enabled IT infrastructure applications boost interoperability by providing a complete solution for publishing, consuming, securing, and managing Web services. In addition, these applications are supported with business process management tools you can use to develop, deploy, and manage integrated, cross-organization processes, as well as to orchestrate system services and workflows

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