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SAP Health solutions now run on the Virtustream cloud – learn more at HIMSS18

Experience the Virtustream system (described below) LIVE at HIMSS18 in the SAP booth #4821.

Cloud computing is becoming more and more important. Customers across all industries realize that the cloud offers great benefits in running enterprise software. Some of the advantages are found in higher agility, lower cost (hardware, people, maintenance), and a wider array of business model options. At the same time, not all business processes can be transferred into a cloud system at equal speed. Some processes are more complex than others (e.g. a full blown SCM vs. a simple leave request), and some customers may have concerns about data security, as is the case with e.g. personal or health data. At the same time, healthcare is undergoing a great revolution, due to several factors. This includes the emergence of AI/IoT-based analytics platforms, and the growth of data especially in medical imaging and genomics. Evidence resides in areas like whole genome or population DNA sequencing, which used to take months at high costs, and which now can be done in a matter of days, if not hours. Our children will look at us in disbelief when we tell them that  genetic screening for major risk factors was not available in our time. So on the one hand there is a great pull for making the most out of health data, yet on the other hand data handling and security constraints must be resolved. The solutions provided by SAP Health rely on the SAP Cloud Platform to deliver on these promises. In that light, SAP is pleased to work with the best partners in the cloud area, one of which is Virtustream.

The combination of Virtustream and SAP Health supports next generation precision medicine to provide personalized, best-in-class patient care. As healthcare customers look to launch new systems of actionable insight, like delivered by the SAP Health solutions, they need a trusted partner that can support on the intersection of data analysis and large-yet-secure data lakes, nourished from disparate data sources. It is crucial to deliver a robust cloud solution that addresses any concerns.

Virtustream, a Dell EMC business, is a long-time partner of SAP, both for cloud services and for technical innovations. In 2016, Virtustream announced the first S/4HANA customer running in the cloud. SAP and Virtustream work closely on new innovations, and this also encompasses partnering on SAP Health. The Virtustream Enterprise Cloud is purpose-built for mission-critical applications, with managed services that deliver the highest standards in availability, security, and compliance, addressing many of the data concerns that exist especially in the healthcare space. The Virtustream Enterprise Cloud applies to healthcare systems of record (such as SAP S/4HANA and EMRs) and systems of insight (such as SAP Health services) that require application performance and availability service level agreements for running 24×7 operations. This also encompasses compliance with regulatory frameworks such as HIPAA and HiTECH to protect patient data, and strong business continuity design – all with a cost-effective utility-based infrastructure service. Virtustream also meets data residency requirements, by region and even by country. Virtustream guarantees that EU-only data stays in EU locations. Virtustream has hosting locations in the US, UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, all of which are equipped to support such data residency requirements. In addition, Virtustream’s parent company, Dell EMC, is one of the leading providers of infrastructure services for healthcare globally. Dell EMC supports both providers and payers, using the same architectures available in the Virtustream cloud. In partnering with SAP Health, Virtustream adds its compliance, scale, and cloud efficiencies to the already existing Health partnership between Dell EMC and SAP. Customers can quickly enhance their on premise infrastructure with pay-for-use as-they-grow environment, and be confident that their patient data is fully protected. Thus, this joint approach can fully support the cloud-based solutions of SAP’s Health offer.

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