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HIMSS (http://www.himssconference.org/index.aspx) is the largest healthcare conference in the world bringing together 37,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors (HIMSS veterans know to wear very, very comfortable shoes and to book your hotel room very early). 

HIMSS2014 was held this past week in Orlando and SAP managed more than 100 appointments with customers, analysts, and partners and had hundreds of people come see us at our booth. Our SAP Big Data Bus was a hit and it was standing room only when our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Delaney, spoke about Big Data and Healthcare. 

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We announced our Medical Insights project which brings complex healthcare analysis to the individual physician to support every day patient diagnosis and treatment. Said Bill McDermott, co-CEO of SAP AG, “With the Medical Insights project, we’re working on being able to unleash the power of the SAP HANA platform and apply this breakthrough to improving patient care. There is no question that real-time data and analytics will drive more personalized care and better outcomes throughout the healthcare system.”

SAP’s HANA technology also made the news in both Canada (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/genetic-sequencing-software-will-help-speed-up-hivaids-treatment/article17077427/) and the US (http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140225-904448.html) during HIMSS with Vancouver-based PHEMI Health Systems, where we are helping to accelerate the treatment and improve the outcome for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.   

With our focus on Big Data and Analytics at HIMSS, we were in good company as this was definitely what you saw splashed everywhere as you walked through the show floor – everyone is saying they do analytics. So along with our Partners, we will have to continue to develop easy-to-use healthcare analytic solutions, powered by HANA, to help our healthcare customers provide real-time, value-based, personalized care. 

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