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Can data-driven, breakthrough technology help accelerate progress in medical research? That’s the premise behind the SAP Medical Research Insights (MRI) solution powered by SAP HANA, which won the Red Dot Award “Communication Design 2015” in the category Interface Design against 7.451 submissions evaluated by the international 27-headed jury. This success was celebrated at the official awards ceremony on November 6, 2015 in Berlin.



Developed in partnership with the German National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, the Innovation Center Network, the Design & Co-Innovation Center from SAP and the Healthcare Development Team, SAP Medical Research Insights provides secure and instant access to clinical data from multiple sources (such as bio bank systems, tumor registries, physician’s notes) in a unified interface. Complex medical information can be easily managed through the intuitive UI and charts to make informed decisions faster.

It replaces time-consuming processes of different roles and streamlines workflows to increase efficiency among medical research teams. Customizable for cancer centers and hospitals, it improves insight into patient cohorts and facilitates matching patients with clinical trials.

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“We are now able to extract and analyze data from various sources and present it to physicians and researchers in a way that enables surprising new insights,” said Prof. Dr. Christof von Kalle, NCT.

Perhaps no other field of work exemplifies the opportunity to gain insights from big data than cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. Thanks to co-innovation efforts between the SAP teams and the NCT in Germany, working as ONE TEAM and not looking at organizational boundaries, this project was recognized with the sought-after Red Dot Award, which is the 8th award and recognition for SAP Medical Research Insights.

“This Red Dot Award is an exciting recognition because it showcases how the combination of design and industry-leading business software results in innovation that gives doctors and researchers the right tools to deal with the ever-increasing information complexity in their domain,” said Sam Yen, chief design officer for SAP.

This project shows that combining the power of design with the power of SAP HANA leads to a breakthrough innovation: Design + SAP HANA = Innovation.

Curious about our design approach? Check out the project case study.

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The Red Dot Design Award

The Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished competitions. Since 60 years, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen honours excellence in design. The name and brand of the competition which today is well-known internationally were developed in the 1990’s by Prof. Dr. Peter Zec. The sought-after Red Dot established itself as a recognized seal of quality and is awarded in the disciplines of Product Design, Design Concept and Communication Design.

The international jury judged 7,451 entries, and SAP received a Red Dot award recognizing outstanding creative achievements. The award was presented to the winners at the Red Dot Gala 2015 ceremony held in Berlin on 6 November 2015.

For further information about the “Red Dot” Competition click here.

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