In part 1 and part 2 of my 2013 reflections I discussed some of our current development focus areas and how design thinking and co-innovation helped me in my daily work. Most of these activities are centered around our existing solution portfolio.

In the following I’d like to discuss ways to use information technology to do things in Healthcare which have been unthinkable until the recent past, or maybe too extensive, or simply too time-consuming. The most important example is of course the untapped potential of already existing, or soon to be available clinical data. Big data is the key term here. To be able to draw the right conclusions out of a sheer unmanageable set of structured and unstructured data, combining data from various sources and former information silos for new insights is according to many experts like Mathieu Schapranow THE innovation potential in medicine, especially when it comes to fighting the big diseases of our time, or helping people with chronic conditions.

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Some of you will know the example of using in-memory technology at Charité, Berlin to improve cancer therapy – the HANA Oncolyzer project.

Meanwhile there are a couple of additional projects under way with very different use cases:

What they all have in common is that computer scientists and clinical researchers and SAP join forces and use a very disruptive technology like SAP HANA to develop solutions that

  • either help researchers to analyze (genome or other biological) data at unprecedented speed
  • help physicians identify the right therapy
  • and, last but not least, help each of us, and our friends and family

Of course, technology is just one ingredient and especially healthcare delivery requires so much more before we can report on real accomplishments.

To many of us the ability to do something meaningful at work is the real motivation, so I am looking forward to continuing the Healthcare innovation journey in 2014 – but for now I wish everybody happy holidays and a Happy New Year.

Stay healthy,

Claudius

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