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Medicine

Dr. House from the Cloud

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Most of you are probably familiar with Dr. House, that extraordinary TV-series doctor who always comes up with the correct diagnosis – and saves lives – in the nick of time, even in the toughest of cases. Unrealistic? Not any more. Visitors to CeBIT today discovered how SAP’s in-memory technology is advancing medicine and healthcare.

“The more we know about a patient, the sooner we can help them. But analyzing all of their symptoms, their environment, and their behavior takes time,” explained Christine Fischer, head of Center of Excellence Analytics at SAP. She wants to help doctors help people with Big Data. Where does the data come from? Sensor bracelets capture health information and send it to the cloud, where it is cataloged anonymously. If a patient comes to the hospital with mysterious symptoms, the doctor can compare the patient’s medical history with the information in the cloud database. The appropriate therapy is found quickly.

Analyses of this kind have been around for a while now. “The analysis used to take four hours, though,” said Fischer. That may already be too late for the patient. “Thanks to in-memory processing, we now have the result in two seconds.”

But that’s just the beginning. Big Data can help doctors do much more than that. Entire DNA strands can be tested for anomalies in just five hours – this used to take a week.

“Knowledge helps heal,” Fischer concluded. And SAP HANA helps people leverage that knowledge.