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On Friday December 7th, the University of Illinois Chicago SAP Next-Gen Chapter for Digital Health held its Innovation Topics Event at the UIC College of Medicine Research building. University leaders, faculty and students gathered with SAP professionals and industry partners to share digital innovation stories related to health care at UIC.

The agenda featured outstanding speakers from SAP and UIC along with student teams who recently completed two key capstone projects leveraging SAP technology for digital health. Two important use cases have driven these purpose driven projects; both of which directly align with directly with SDG Goal #3 - Good Health and Well Being. The projects featured use of IoT sensors and the SAP Leonardo Blockchain Hyperledger Fabric on SAP Cloud Platform to track equipment movement and establish a foundation for future clinical applications. The projects were sponsored by UI Health but benefitted from expert contributions from SAP customer Medline and professionals at the Bosch Connectory. In addition, SAP Analytics solutions were featured in two additional use cases. The agenda was as follows:

  • Collaborating in a Digital World to Improve Patient Outcomes – Joe Miles, Senior Vice President, SAP

  • UI Health Equipment Tracking and Ulcer Staging: Through a unique collaboration between UI Health, SAP, Bosch and Medline, two projects were undertaken to develop proof of concept applications that can intelligently track and manage equipment used by patients, such as wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment, leveraging sensor, IoT, blockchain and other advanced technologies. Furthermore, certain patient impacts on from using the equipment, such as ulcer staging, can be monitored. – Students along with advisors Dr. Matt Liotine, Clinical Associate Professor of Information and Decision Sciences, UIC; Monique Diaz, MD, Clinical Informatics Fellow, UIC

  • Automated Emergency Department Data Analytics Using SAP BusinessObjects – David Chestek, DO, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine; Director, Clinical Informatics of ED & Community Care, UI Health

  • Predictive Analytics to Address No-Shows in the Psychiatry Clinic – John Zulueta, MD, Clinical Informatics Fellow, UIC

Through the newly formed Next-Gen Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the UIC College of Business and College of Medicine are collaborating on delivering digital innovation to the life sciences. The Next-Gen Laboratory serves as a center of knowledge that concentrates expertise and resources in exponential technologies. In addition to being a hub for networking and knowledge exchange, Next-Gen provides member firms with access to resources that would not otherwise be easily or economically obtainable. Through Next-Gen’s co-innovation partnerships, enterprises have exclusive access to early talent, futurists, systems thinkers, designers, strategists, modelers and data scientists to help innovate and solve complex problems. Next-Gen provides firms with a cost-effective alternative to rapidly realize innovation outcomes that would not be easily achievable in a normal corporate environment.

With one of the first training programs in clinical informatics and a nationally acclaimed information technology department, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine - University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) stands as a leader in using cutting edge technologies to change medicine for good. UI Health’s location in the Illinois Medical District in proximity to Chicago’s hub of healthcare technology startups further positions us to form dynamic partnerships that will shape new ideas and foster innovation while keeping our commitment to patient-centered care and health equity.

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP’s expertise in digitalizing every aspect of our customer’s value chain aims to help healthcare stakeholders provide the best value to their customers at an affordable cost. We create the foundation and gateways to connect the digital healthcare network to core solutions for patient engagement, care delivery, care collaboration, clinical analytics, and personalized medicine.

I am very happy to report that one of the student teams went on to win the top award for graduate capstone projects at the UIC Project Expo later in the day.