Sharp enlists Oracle for patient portal

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Sharp HealthCare has enlisted Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebLogic Suite as the backbone for the mySharp patient portal, which provides patients with a unified view of their healthcare information.

Sharp HealthCare is a not-for-profit integrated regional healthcare delivery system in the San Diego area that includes four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan, plus other facilities and services.

The organization is leveraging the standards-based infrastructure and connectivity of Oracle Service Bus to integrate health record information in three disparate patient care applications already in use in its hospitals and medical groups, stated Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif. These include GE Centricity Business, Allscripts Touchworks EHR and OnBase content management solutions.

More than 48,000 patients use the mySharp portal to securely access medical records, view lab results and interact with their healthcare provider’s office. From the mySharp portal, patients can also schedule appointments and pay bills. Parents can sign up and manage their children’s healthcare records.

Sharp HealthCare also uses Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Advanced Compression to manage data and improve the overall performance of the company’s data warehouse, which supports key business and clinical applications, including patient accounts and profiles, Oracle stated.

With Oracle Service Bus and Oracle WebLogic Suite, Sharp HealthCare can add new back-end patient care systems to mySharp when necessary. Sharp HealthCare plans to expand the portal’s functionality to provide access to data in the Cerner EHR systems used in its hospitals, Oracle said.