A trial version of the SAP Connected Health platform and Medical Research Insights application (CHP 1.0 and MRI 2.0) is now available at the SAP Cloud Appliance Library. The trial system is perfect for interested customers and partners to play around with the SAP Connected Health platform and Medical Research Insights. The licensing model allows free usage for up to 30 days with the option to bring your own license to continue using the solution after 30 days. The trial system includes sample data (generated clinical data + genomic data from The Cancer Genome Atlas).
Step-by-step instructions on setting up a trial instance in the SAP Cloud Appliance Library can be found here.
Are you a partner interested in developing on the SAP Connected Health platform?
If partners are interested in developing on top of the SAP Connected Health platform, a developer license is required. In order to obtain a developer license, partners will have to sign a contract and pay a yearly subscription fee. For details on obtaining a developer license, such as contract information, ordering process and associated costs, please refer to the information here. Partners will need to specify exactly what they want to develop in the text field of the order (see here) in order to insure that the right installations are set up and the download works. For further questions or clarifications on partner development, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
About the SAP Connected Health platform
The SAP Connected Health platform, powered by the SAP HANA platform provides an open and secure platform tailored to processing and analysing big data in the Healthcare & Life Sciences industries. The platform provides a flexible and extensible clinical data warehouse model, industry aware data integration management, and real-time analytics on large scale structured and unstructured data. In addition, the platform provides user interfaces for monitoring and administering various aspects of the platform, such as data integration and the clinical data warehouse. All user interfaces are included in the SAP Connected Health platform UI, which is built as an SAP HANA Fiori Launchpad and serves as the central entry point for all applications running on the platform.
By leveraging generic SAP HANA tools and components, such as SAP EIM (Enterprise Information Management), an Extract, Transform & Load (ETL) tool, health data such as clinical data from various source systems can be imported into the SAP Connected Health platform. Powered by the generic healthcare data model, data from many different sources including 3rd party vendor databases, clinical information systems, tumor registries, bio bank systems and even unstructured text documents can be integrated. The SAP Connected Health platform provides the underlying framework for SAP’s emerging solution portfolio for next generation applications such as SAP Medical Research Insights.
Furthermore, the platform provides the foundation for SAP partners to develop and deliver value-added apps on top of the SAP Connected Health platform. The SAP Connected Health platform is flexible and extensible. It comes with a plugin framework that provides extension endpoints from which the standard platform can be extended or enhanced. For each of the extension points, SAP partners and customers can develop custom plug-ins to add or suppress features. The plugin framework provides a means for partners to integrate their services built on top of the platform – all applications are built on top of the same plugin framework which provides an end-to-end lifecycle: install, configure, maintain and uninstall. With the plugin framework, users can manage the integration into core services such as user management and the logical data model. The SAP Connected Health platform includes extension points for data integration, data model, content integration and user interfaces.
Another key component of SAP Connected Health platform is the genome data schema, which stores genomic variant data and associated annotations. By storing all the variant and annotation data in a set of tables, the data can be easily queried or integrated with additional annotations in a scalable fashion. The platform also includes specialized visualization tools, such as the variant browser which enables the user to interactively explore the genomic data and associated annotations.
The healthcare industry uses a wide variety of vocabularies, code systems, and classifications, often with overlapping scopes. The hierarchies and relations can also differ greatly between vocabularies. Therefore, it can be extremely challenging to analyze and compare data from different sources. The ontology services within the SAP Connected Health platform contains a formal framework for harmonizing and understanding clinical data. HANA’s Natural Language Processing engine leverages the ontology services to extract relevant content, such as clinical terms from unstructured text and put it into a structured format. Data integration plug-ins for various ontology content providers, such as the National Cancer Institute metathesaurus, are included, but the platform also provides a data integration plug-in for custom ontology content.
The SAP Connected Health Platform 1.0 was officially released in December 2015 and currently releasing new feature packs each quarter (feature pack 02 was released on August 8, 2016).