SAP Announces SAP® Connected Health Platform and Strategic Relationships for Transforming Healthcare

May 18, 2016

CancerLinQTM (a Subsidiary of ASCO), Castlight Health and Dharma Platform to Collaborate with SAP on Improving Lives and Reducing Healthcare Costs

ORLANDO, Fla. — May 18, 2016 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced the SAP® Connected Health platform and strategic relationships to expand its commitment to improving healthcare around the world. On this platform, a broad ecosystem of partners, including developers, researchers and healthcare organizations, will be able to accelerate the development and delivery of innovative, patient-centered solutions for improving health outcomes, reducing costs and delivering connected healthcare services. SAP is proud to announce multiple strategic relationships in this effort: CancerLinQTM, Castlight Health and Dharma Platform. This announcement was made at the 28th annual SAPPHIRE® NOW conference.

Healthcare costs continue to increase globally. In the United States alone, it accounted for 16.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013.1 Healthcare data, including clinical, genomic, research and healthcare data from the Internet of Things, is expected to increase fivefold by 2020.2 The exponentially large amount of information offers new opportunities for the strategic use of data in delivering personalized treatments and value-based care.

“Creating a truly connected global ecosystem can increase the rate of innovation in healthcare services and improve patient outcomes while reducing costs and accelerating the time to bring innovative solutions to market,” said Steve Singh, member of the SAP Executive Board. “With the SAP Connected Health platform, we are bringing together healthcare stakeholders across a platform that fosters and accelerates innovation, placing patients at the center of the healthcare system and in control of their healthcare data. We look forward to working with our partners to make this vision a reality.”

The SAP Connected Health platform runs on the SAP HANA® platform and includes a growing ecosystem of partners that influence every aspect of the cycle of care, from payers to providers to researchers to life sciences companies. SAP’s current offerings for the healthcare market include: SAP Connected Health platform, SAP Health Engagement and SAP Medical Research Insights solutions, and partner solutions. Over time, SAP will build new solutions and partnerships on the SAP Connected Health platform. SAP’s most recent strategic relationships in this effort include the following.

CancerLinQ 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. A wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), CancerLinQ connects and analyzes 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.”

Castlight Health empowers people to make the best choices for their health and helps companies make the most of their health benefits. Castlight delivers a health benefits platform that engages employees to make better healthcare decisions and also enables benefit leaders to communicate and measure their benefits programs.

“Castlight is thrilled to be one of the first partners on the SAP Connected Health platform,” said Giovanni Colella, M.D., cofounder and chief executive officer at Castlight Health. “Our companies are joining together to work toward a shared goal of improving the healthcare system and reducing costs. Using data to drive engagement with healthcare is at the core of everything Castlight does. This extraordinary effort to create an interoperable data platform will help unleash the power of technology to drive better healthcare decisions and outcomes.”

Dharma Platform helps field healthcare workers and researchers collect, understand and analyze medical data gathered in field situations that are often challenging. The last few years have shown how quickly a health crisis can spread from a small, localized event to a global crisis. Dharma captures data at the source and provides tools to transform information into impact.

“Organizations that manage crises, among many others, need information that’s reliable, complete and actionable,” said Jesse Berns, cofounder and chief executive officer at Dharma Platform. “Our team at Dharma looks forward to working with SAP and its many partners through the SAP Connected Health platform to help data save lives in some of the most challenging settings around the world.”

For more information, visit the SAP Connected Health site or the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @SAP_Healthcare or @sapnews.

  1. “Focus on Health Spending: OECD Health Statistics 2015,” July 2015, OECD.
  2. “Bigger Data for Better Healthcare,” Silvia Piai and Massimiliano Claps, IDC, September 2013.

SAPPHIRE NOW, May 17-19, 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA

The 28th annual SAPPHIRE NOW will bring more than 20,000 in-person and over 150,000 online participants together to engage in dialogue with peers and thought leaders around the globe. With nearly 1,000 C-level executives and 260 exhibitors, this real-time event connects attendees on a range of topics: future of work, digital core, digital supply networks, digital customer experiences, the Internet of Things. Whether on site or online, participants can gain insight into how SAP delivers on its strategy and helps organizations around the world Run Simple. Follow the event on Twitter at @SAPPHIRENOW.

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