SAP's Connected Health platform bids to transform heath
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SAP’s Connected Health platform bids to transform heathcare

Ecosystem will use IoT technology to lower cost of healthcare

SAP is to launch its SAP Connected Health platform, which promises to accelerate the development and delivery of patient-centred solutions for improving health outcomes, reducing costs and delivering connected healthcare services.

The platform will take healthcare data including clinical, genomic, research and information pulled from IoT devices, to delivering personalised treatments and value-based care.

The platform runs on the SAP HANA and includes an ecosystem of partners from every aspect of the cycle of care, from payers to providers to researchers to life sciences companies.

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SAP looks to improve cancer patient care

One of SAP’s partners on the platform, CancerLinQ (which is a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)), has been working with SAP to develop a health information technology platform that makes a universe of practice treatment insights accessible to clinicians to improve the care of every patient with cancer. The firm connects and analyses real-world cancer care data from almost any electronic record source.

“ASCO and SAP combine the expertise of the world’s leading oncologists with the market-leading Big Data analytics technology to build and run CancerLinQ, the only rapid-learning system designed by oncologists for oncologists,” said CancerLinQ chief executive officer Kevin Fitzpatrick.

“CancerLinQ is currently being used by practices across the United States, and we are excited about its future. The SAP Connected Health platform will significantly enhance our efforts.”

Steve Singh, member of the SAP Executive Board, said the platform would bring “together healthcare stakeholders across a platform that fosters and accelerates innovation, placing patients at the centre of the healthcare system and in control of their healthcare data.

IoT and better healthcare

Micah Winkelspecht, chief executive of healthcare firm Gem, told Internet of Business that partners are “looking at how they can use health data generally to incentivise people to be healthier, to build reward systems around healthy behaviour using IoT devices, all sorts of stuff.”

Dr Jurgi Camblong, CEO & co-founder of Sophia Genetics, told Internet of Business that as IoT evolves, and devices and data become even more integrated, “we’ll see doctors able to diagnose and treat patients better through a wider variety of means such as monitoring a patient’s response to treatment through a modified wearable, or quickly accessing and sharing test results rather than waiting on the lengthy process of procuring data from a test laboratory.”

Frank Lampe, marketing director EMEA & APAC, Imprivata, told Internet of Business that any healthcare IT system clinicians need to access including the SAP Connected Health needs to be protected and secured to avoid misuse of sensitive data and to comply with data protection laws and government regulations in place, particularly if IoT devices are to be supported.

“However, to be truly effective (and avoid clinicians using workarounds that bypass security) authentication and sign on needs to be quick (some systems within the NHS currently take several minutes to connect, which in an emergency situation can have serious consequences),” he said.

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