Cerner’s interoperability vision, FHIR strategy, resources, and more after the Oracle acquisition
Oracle shocked the healthcare market when it announced its acquisition of Cerner for $28 billion in December 2021
And some industry watchers share an optimism that Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner can accelerate industry-wide healthcare interoperability.
Let’s look closer at Cerner’s healthcare interoperability history, philosophy, FHIR and SMART direction, and the meaning of the Oracle acquisition.
Cerner/Oracle Strategy and Resources for Interoperability and FHIR APIs
Cerner/Oracle Interoperability Approach and Options
Cerner expresses a broad vision for and commitment to interoperability. In their words: “Cerner leads with standards, network connections and nationwide exchange to make data sharing possible with any system regardless of EHR.”
Here are just some of the many ways Cerner connects patients, doctors, providers, and payers with its and others’ EHR:
- Cerner is a founding member and leader in the CommonWell non-profit interoperability network. Cerner encourages customers to explore integration options through CommonWell.
- Cerner also supports and connects using the CareQuality data exchange framework.
- Connecting for Population Health: Population health goals also link the healthcare provider communities closer than ever. offers FHIR-based, RESTful APIs to connect with its HealthIntent population health platform.
Cerner enables patients to see and share their health information through the Apple Health app.
Cerner/Oracle FHIR Interoperability Resources
Cerner FHIR API Implementation and Endpoint Resources for Developers and Providers:
- Primary Cerner FHIR primary resources page
- Resources for Cerner’s implementation of the FHIR standards
Cerner/Oracle SMART on FHIR and App Resources
Cerner provides its SMART on FHIR resources here in a detailed resource page.
Oracle-Cerner: Good or Bad for Interoperability and Healthcare?
Let’s break down expert industry opinions about what the Oracle acquisition will mean to data sharing, interoperability, and the EHR market overall.
|The Good||The Less Good|
|The Oracle-Cerner deal could advance a cloud-based platform that will help healthcare systems exchange data.||Analysts said the Oracle-Cerner acquisition damages Oracle’s market value.|
|This acquisition will reduce the burden on physicians to manually enter data into EHRs.||Is a giant like Oracle a benefit or a burden for Cerner?|
|Oracle could step up into a more competitive position in cloud computing.||There are privacy concerns to reconcile.|
|“Oracle entering the EHR space could support the development of a 360-degree view of the patient.”||Hmm. Is Cerner a $30 billion headache for Oracle?|
|“Analysts said it could offer the potential for healthcare providers to access and share electronic health records more easily.”||And an even more assertive “Jumped the Shark” opinion that Oracle fumbled with its acquisition of Cerner.|
Checklist for Cerner FHIR API Integration Success
Our recent Epic interoperability post outlined a detailed path forward to EHR FHIR integration. Here’s a shorter summary checklist so we can share more about the integration future for Cerner and Oracle.
- Seek expert technology guidance to understand all of your Oracle/Cerner FHIR and integration options.
- Work backward from your Cerner FHIR and integration success objectives.
- Identify which systems need integration and the capabilities and endpoints you need.
- Establish firm data privacy and protection boundaries for integration.
Find the Right Oracle/Cerner FHIR API Technology Partner
Successful Cerner FHIR integration requires smart developers and strategists with healthcare, engineering, and integration technology brilliance. Work with KMS Healthcare interface technology experts to:
- Assess your Cerner/Oracle integration challenges and opportunities.
- Understand the integration tools and direction for Oracle and Cerner
- Define your interoperability roadmap, no matter how big or small
- Establish a confident, secure path forward for Cerner FHIR APIs and data harmony.
- Do high-quality integration work fast and reliably.
Expert development, testing, QA, and documentation teams will advance your Cerner integration objectives beyond your expectations.
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