The Digital Patient Chart

January 16, 2012 by Christiane Stagge

SAP Electronic Medical Record 

Back in October 2011, Jim Hagemann Snabe unveiled the first screenshots of the SAP Electronic Medical Record mobile app at the Annual Congress of the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG). A month later, at SAPPHIRE NOW, the solution, which the Charité university hospital in Berlin is piloting, was officially presented.

The app is connected with the back-end SAP system as well as with the hospital’s internal information system. Using it, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff can access picture archiving and communications systems (PACS). All that’s needed is a WLAN connection and an SAP server for mobile applications in healthcare.

With the app, caregivers can view key patient information and lab results. And since these diagrams can be expanded using touch gestures, doctors are better able to compare medical results and identify the exact point at which a curve deviates from the norm.

SAP Electronic Medical Record ensures that medical staff have their patients’ records with them at all times and makes it possible to access the information throughout the hospital building. Lab results are always available at the point of care. The app also takes care to protect patient privacy. Data is extracted from the SAP system, not stored on the mobile device. After the session is closed, the data is deleted.

Next page: More versions planned

More versions planned

There are already plans for the next version of SAP Electronic Medical Record. For one, upcoming releases should go beyond read-only mode and be enabled for data entry. And because hospitals often do not have wireless Internet access in all rooms due to special wall insulation, future releases will support an offline mode. The app should also soon work on Android-enabled devices such as the Samsung Galaxy.

Another of SAP’s healthcare apps is the SAP Collaborative E-Care Management application. This enables patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes to upload their data (for example, blood sugar levels) and transmit it by text message or e-mail to their medical service provider.

Focus on mobility

SAP Electronic Medical Record is just one of the many new apps that SAP has presented since its merger with Sybase. In fact, 54 apps were released in four months, and SAP promises to release even more new apps at regular intervals.

On the SAP EcoHub solution marketplace, you’ll find an overview of all the available mobile applications. And Android-enabled products, BlackBerrys, and Windows Phone are supported in addition to Apple devices.

The SAP Store also houses mobile solutions developed by SAP and apps developed by partners. Currently, customers have a choice of 49 different products, sorted according to business division, industry, price, solution provider, release date, and supported countries, devices, and operating systems. In addition, users can view the number of downloads and individual reviews.

If you’d like to know which mobile solutions are offered by SAP partners, follow this link for more information.

Other recently released mobile applications include:

  • SAP Field Service 2.0 with new functions for employees in the field
  • SAP Retail Execution, with which consumer products manufacturers can enter information about goods when they visit a store and with which they can check the product status. In addition, users can process returns, enter orders, and make calendar entries.
  • SAP Citizen Connect – the app for vigilant citizens. Residents can use it to photograph breakdowns or malfunctions, assign them to the relevant location, and then send them to the responsible authority. They then receive regular updates about how each case is progressing.

Sybase Unwired Platform serves as the basis for the mobile applications. With the Afaria mobile device management solution, heads of IT can import new software and updates onto employees’ various devices, as well as assign and reset passwords should a device go missing or be stolen.

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