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During the recent presidential election, we heard a lot about universal healthcare which has been popularly termed Obamacare. While the focus of many debates on this topic is the cost to provide healthcare to everyone, what should be part of the discussion is the use of technology to improve the current healthcare process and streamline the costs associated with it.

Improvements in technology can allow us to dramatically change the healthcare experience and assist us in addressing today’s biggest healthcare challenges, ultimately resulting in saving lives. A technology tool that can play a leading role is SAP HANA.

SAP HANA is a powerful in-memory database that allows for real-time analytics, predictive analysis, and forecasting by combining data from multiple sources into a single platform. This allows you to understand your patients’ needs better than ever and provide more personalized treatment. We can utilize more complete information about our patient, as well as other patients with similar health issues, to accelerate a diagnosis and provide an optimal treatment method. SAP HANA provides the following:

·          Access to data from multiple sources

·          Ability to analyze detailed information

·          Incredibly fast access to information

·          Simple, usable, real-time information reports

With SAP HANA, you can:

·          Analyze information in real-time at unprecedented speeds (up to 3600X faster than traditional databases) on large volumes of non-aggregated data (100 billion rows of information per second)

·          Create flexible analytic diagnosis models based on real-time and comparative patient data

·          Establish a foundation for a new category of preventative care applications and alerts to significantly improve data collection and response time

·          Minimize patient visits and associated costs

The improvements that can be made to the healthcare process are tremendous if we could have access to a patient’s current and historical information on a real-time basis and be able to share this information with other care providers around the world. Imagine the possibilities of being able to:

·          Create a universal health record for all patients that can be used by care givers and patients alike to access their information via the cloud. This information could include everything from a patient’s lifetime records to current information extracted from a patient on a regular basis utilizing mobile devices. With the use of a fingerprint scanner, any caregiver could access a patient’s information on the spot to streamline the diagnosis process and save valuable treatment time not to mention the improvements to be realized in preventative care. The possibility of having someone brought into the ER and being able to access their medical records using a fingerprint scanner immediately before medical treatment is initiated could have far reaching implications for patient treatment and health.

·          Merge information from large patient populations around the world to create analytical tools that can provide improved decision-making to create a personalized treatment plan that would streamline costs associated with unnecessary tests and procedures. This alone would generate the cost and operational savings necessary to expand the current outreach of quality healthcare.

·          Include data that was previously not available such as a patient’s human genome mapping due to the sheer size of the data and compare the data with other patients mapping to create information that would previously only be available via lengthy and expensive case studies. Data parameters can be inserted by caregivers for analysis and to provide predictive diagnosis and results. Case studies can then be performed by anyone within minutes with improved accuracy utilizing existing information from large patient populations.

SAP already has a considerable presence in the healthcare landscape with its own electronic health record product and a mobile interface product that utilizes SAP Mobile Platform and the Afaria mobile device management solution. With the integration of HANA, SAP is positioned to be an important player in providing universal healthcare information. While the debate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continues, it is becoming apparent that there is another revolution brewing in the healthcare industry.

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