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Oracle exec testifies before Senate on EHR modernization

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“While I fully appreciate substantial challenges exist,” he said of the rocky Cerner Oracle rollout, which has been put on pause, “the fact is that more is working than is not.” Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle Industries The Electronic Health Record Modernization program initiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is among the most complex IT projects in history, with a timeline stretching over a decade and carrying, at present, at least , a $16 billion price tag.

The ambitious project has faced numerous operating challenges that have allegedly placed patients at risk . The program’s expansion has been put on pause until 2023, while these safety risks are sorted out.

With Oracle having completed its $28.3 billion acquisition of Cerner in June, Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle Industries, testified this past week before the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a hearing examining the status of the EHR modernization.

“While I fully appreciate substantial challenges exist – all of which are legitimate and understandable – the fact is that more is working than is not,” Sicilia said. “Rollouts to date have been largely successful, and much of the functionality […]

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