Lawsuit, new clients, VA troubles: What Oracle Cerner has done in past month

From being ordered to stand trial in a brain damage lawsuit to picking up several new hospital clients, here are 12 headlines about EHR vendor Oracle Cerner from the past month.

1. Adventist Health Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, Calif., went live with a new Oracle Cerner EHR on Dec. 1.

2. On. Nov. 29, a U.S. appeals court ordered Oracle Cerner to stand trial in a lawsuit accusing the company's software of causing a patient's brain damage.

3. Mark Burgess, a former executive with Cerner and Allscripts, was named president of the North America region for EHR imaging company Agfa HealthCare, the company said Nov 29.

4. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to join the integrated federal EHR under Oracle Cerner in summer 2023, GovCIO Media & Research reported Nov. 22.

5. Oconomowoc, Wis.-based Rogers Behavioral Health changed its EHR to advance gender-affirming care, according to a Nov. 21 Oracle Cerner blog post.

6. Three members of Congress wrote a letter Nov. 15 to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expressing concerns that the problematic rollout of the Oracle Cerner EHR at the agency could have played a role in the deaths of two veterans.

7. During the third quarter of 2022, clients signed 145 contracts with Oracle Cerner, including eight new ones, the EHR vendor said in a Nov. 14 news release.

8. Oracle Cerner partnered Nov. 14 with life sciences company Labcorp to manage hospital-based laboratories in 10 states.

9. Elkin, N.C.-based Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital selected Oracle Cerner for its EHR system, The Elkin Tribune reported Nov. 9.

10. Oracle sold $7 billion in debt to fund its purchase of Cerner, Bloomberg reported Nov. 7, after which Fitch Ratings downgraded the company's credit rating.

11. Oracle Cerner planned to close two Kansas City, Mo.-area campuses, KSHB reported Oct. 31.

12. Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chief technology officer of Oracle, said he wants the company to create a global healthcare database, Diginomica reported Oct. 25.

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