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The Digital Transformation of Healthcare

The Digital Transformation of Healthcare

The digitally connected consumer is utilizing technology more than ever before on a regular basis, in all aspects of their lives. As a result, companies are under increasing pressure to bring innovations to market to meet today’s ever-changing consumer demand for connectivity. These Healthcare 1.jpgpressures are crossing virtually all industries.

The healthcare industry is now facing this digital challenge and working to reconfigure its systems to control costs, increase access and improve quality of care. The digital consumers are looking for digital healthcare services, providers are rethinking the services they offer, both focusing on wellness and outcomes rather than services consumed. For this transformation to the digital age, hospitals must adopt both technology and process improvements that focus on quality, efficiency and convenience, all with the digital consumer in mind.

Healthcare providers have started to leverage technology to move from analog to digital workflows within their operations. Electronic health records (EHRs) are widely used to help track patient health, check for potential harmful drug interactions and provide medical decision support. Mobile health enables physicians and patients to use mobile devices to record and communicate about their health on the go. Telemedicine eliminates distance barriers through the use of the network and information technologies to provide remote healthcare and improve access to medical services in rural communities.

To become a fully digital organization, providers must adopt technology with an integrated digital strategy across the entire organization and IT infrastructure. Today, most providers have information silos with different records or information fragmented across multiple systems.  This forces staff to move from one system to another to try to pull together a complete profile of a patient.

Cloud-based Technologies Enabling Digital Transformation for Healthcare

The building blocks for this digital foundation are cloud-based technologies and the network, which can enable complete digital workflows across the healthcare organization and variety of care from multiple providers at varying locations.

Healthcare providers must capture, store and analyze all available information to generate insights that offer the best patient care. This can be achieved by leveraging data analytics and a technology infrastructure that integrates information generated from multiple inputs.

Using cloud-based technologies, healthcare providers can build a flexible, integrated, platform to meet regulatory requirements while enabling their digital transformation.

Through a cloud-based infrastructure, separate applications can become part of a single/integrated platform that’s connected through the network. In this cloud environment, healthcare providers have visibility across the extended business network.

SAP’s Digital Healthcare Story

Technological innovations have started to improve one of the most important aspects of our lives: our health and our healthcare systems. Martin Kopp, global general manager healthcare at SAP, talks about his vision and explains how this change can look like and what it means to reimagine our healthcare systems.


SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Digitization is transforming every industry, and health care is no exception. SAP has reimagined the platform for real-time healthcare with SAP HANA® software. Innovation is at the core of next-generation solutions – for every function, all integrated, cloud first, and on one common platform to drive insights based on a unified, comprehensive view across patients, researchers, and caregivers. This platform will deliver a proven, integrated healthcare experience that couples information transparency with outcomes. Healthcare 3.jpg

The first step for a digital transformation in healthcare is digitizing relevant data; then corralling, analyzing and sharing that information in real time. This leads to greater transparency and creates possibilities for further innovation. With its cloud, big data and mobile technologies, SAP shows how IT can positively impact healthcare, particularly in the areas of population health, modernizing providers, and precision medicine.

With a digital core, healthcare organizations can:

  • Enable a personalized healthcare experience with integrated patient access and clinical information exchange
  • Provide real-time access to relevant patient and clinical information at the point of care for more immediate analysis and decision making
  • Enable flexible information exchange between the patient, care providers, and health support networks
  • Establish full visibility into cost-effectiveness and outcomes

Today’s Healthcare solution providers are looking to digital transformation to meet new and complex demands across the Healthcare Ecosystem.

Our partners have combined technology integration, cloud, and industry expertise with the power of SAP’s HANA Platform / HANA Cloud Platform to accelerate their digital transformation in a tailored, end-to-end way. SAP knows that the Healthcare Ecosystem must evolve by creating innovation, accelerated delivery, information sharing, and implementing solutions with confidence and trust.

Let our Embedded Solutions team discuss how your business can create the “Digital Core”, powered by the SAP HANA Platform, to enable Digital Transformation across your Healthcare offerings.

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      Author's profile photo Sonja Neufeld
      Sonja Neufeld

      The digital transformation of pharmaceuticals sounds very interesting!