Cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing tech­nol­ogy wins award in Kenya

East African Business Week - - NEWS - BY PAUL TENTENA

NAIROBI, Kenya- SAP’S De­sign and Co-in­no­va­tion Cen­ter to­gether with Hei­del­berg Univer­sity Hospi­tal has op­ti­mized a cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing test that com­bines ap­plied med­i­cal re­search with the power of in­no­va­tive SAP cloud tech­nol­ogy to im­prove qual­ity of life amongst women in Africa.

The dig­i­tized screen­ing test, called “Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies in Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Screen­ing (ETICCS)” scooped first prize of the dmi:de­sign Value Award* in 2016 for im­prov­ing lives ac­cord­ing to user-cen­tered de­sign prin­ci­ples. Cer­vi­cal can­cer is the sec­ond most com­mon cause of death for women world­wide and ranks #1 in Kenya. Al­though it is eas­ily pre­ventable, most el­i­gi­ble women have never been screened and have no ac­cess to health­care re­sources. The cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing test was pi­loted dur­ing a one-year study, and was tested on a to­tal of 800 women at the Moi Teach­ing and Re­fer­ral Hospi­tal in El­doret, Kenya. At the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Sum­mit 2015, 193 world lead­ers gath­ered to adopt 17 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals aimed at pro­tect­ing the planet and en­sur­ing pros­per­ity for all by 2030. Projects like ETICCS proof SAP’S mis­sion how tech­nol­ogy can ef­fec­tively trans­form the health­care in­dus­try and help med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to ad­dress can­cer di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment in frag­ile in­fras­truc­tures which di­rectly sup­ports the UN’S top 3 goal of Good Health & Well-be­ing. “This is a spe­cial award for SAP as it re­in­forces our vi­sion and com­mit­ment to help the world run bet­ter and im­prove peo­ple’s lives, while sup­port­ing the 17 sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals of the United Na­tions (UN). “The screen­ing tech­nol­ogy is the first to com­bine ap­plied med­i­cal re­search with the power of cut­ting edge cloud tech­nol­ogy and user-cen­tered de­sign prin­ci­ples for cer­vi­cal can­cer. SAP is very ex­cited about this achieve­ment as we con­tinue to un­cover the un­der­ly­ing chal­lenges of can­cer screen­ing in Africa and other emerg­ing coun­tries,” com­mented Dr. Gilbert Sag­gia, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at SAP East Africa. The screen­ing in Kenya is on­go­ing and the plan is to in­clude coun­try­wide self-sam­pling and IOT sce­nar­ios (lab equip­ment in­te­gra­tion), pat­tern recog­ni­tion, deep learn­ing, re­mote di­ag­nos­tics sup­port and val­i­da­tion. “SAP is look­ing for ad­di­tional strate­gic part­ners with a pas­sion for im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives and strength­en­ing Africa’s health­care sys­tems. The aim for SAP East Africa is to col­lab­o­rate to­wards a global 2030 vi­sion for user-cen­tered de­sign and cloud tech­nol­ogy to im­prove can­cer screen­ing and fur­ther un­cover the un­der­ly­ing chal­lenges of can­cer screen­ing in emerg­ing coun­tries,” adds Dr. Sag­gia. With the help of tech­nol­ogy such as SAP HANA Cloud Plat­form the user cen­tered so­lu­tion runs on a sin­gle plat­form across mul­ti­ple roles which en­ables seam­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween all parties, even in very re­mote ar­eas and en­vi­ron­ments with un­sta­ble In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. Thanks to role-spe­cific data en­try the so­lu­tion is easy to use and ac­cess to pa­tient data and test re­sults are im­me­di­ately avail­able to the lo­cal hospi­tal and to Hei­del­berg Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Ger­many. Through the use of the tech­nol­ogy, med­i­cal staff have now re­duced pa­per­work mean­ing no du­pli­ca­tion or op­por­tu­ni­ties for hu­man er­ror to af­fect test re­sults. The med­i­cal records are safely stored in the cloud pro­vid­ing in­stant ac­cess to re­sults. This en­ables labs to ac­cel­er­ate the screen­ing process and em­power med­i­cal staff through im­proved qual­ity con­trol em­bed­ded in the screen­ing process. Re­al­time ac­cess to data and re­port­ing, fully com­pli­ant with data pri­vacy and se­cu­rity re­quire­ments, means labs can make in­formed di­ag­noses re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion or re­gion. “This project is an­other mile­stone in SAP`S at­tempt to ad­dress the chal­lenge of ad­e­quately screen­ing for and treat­ing can­cer. It is not only about build­ing great soft­ware to help the world run bet­ter, but also cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in so­ci­ety and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives,” added Dr Sag­gia.

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