ETiCCS awards ceremony at Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore

April 20, 2017 by Hermann Bussmann

Under the mentorship of Prof Shengdong Zhao from the Department of Computer Science, National University of Singapore (NUS) between 17 March and 19 April 2017 students reading the module ‘User Interface development’ had the task to build in their final class project a community service app based on the specifications provided by ETiCCS (Emerging Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening) to help the community workers, nurses, doctors and lab technicians to fight cervical cancer in rural Ethiopia. On 20 April 2017 prizes were awarded at NUS to the teams with the most advanced prototypes by Tan Tarn How from the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS, who is also a landmark, award-winning author and internationally famous playwright.

Award winning ceremony at NUS with Prof Shengdong Zhao, Tan Tarn How and the winning team including Adam Alsegard, Timote Vaucher, and ShenXuan.

Prof. Shengdong Zhao during telephone conference discussion the project.

Emerging Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening (ETiCCS) scoops award for improving women’s lives

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Februray 17, 2017 by Nteseng Maboe

East Africa, Kenya, Nairobi, 4 February, 2017SAP’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. Real-time 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.

The project stands to transform healthcare screening services by combining user-centered design with on-site user research that enables healthcare professionals to uncover critical patient insights and adapt the solution to other screening processes and field research.

ETiCCS’ vision is to support the fight against cancer in fragile infrastructures. The solution sets new standards for bringing applied medical research to Africa, powered by the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. SAP Design projects such as these undoubtedly positions SAP in the lead with regards to design and innovation to influence the medical community. With this solution, hundreds of women in Kenya now have access to screening for cervical cancer during the first pilot phase

Prof. Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Medical Director, Department of Applied Tumor Biology, Institute of Pathology, Heidelberg University Hospital, said: “Through the ETiCCS program, we were able to complement applied medical research around biomarkers with the power of cutting edge cloud technology to bring co-innovation to Africa in a way which really helps to improve people’s lives.”

Currently all personal records are kept in Kenya – only pseudonyms data is uploaded through the SAP mobile solution. The mobile solution creates a number based on the pseudonyms data and links to the patient test results. However, the mapping between the generated number and patient is done on site by a medical professional. The app will be made available through SAP to other interested countries in Africa as a custom development solution.

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Design world recognizes cervical cancer project by Heidelberg University Hospital

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Our joint cervical cancer project with SAP has been honored with several awards in 2016. Next to receiving the first prize of the DMI 2016 Design Value Award, the bronze medal of the Spark Design Awards, and the HANA Innovation Award Honorable Mention Trophy, ETiCCS has also reached the finals in the humanitarian category at the Mobile Excellence Awards on 26-Jan-2017.For more information on our design-led innovation approach to digitize the screening process for cervical cancer in Eldoret, Kenya, click here:

» Saving Lives through Cancer Screening

Heidelberg University Hospital – The 2016 HANA Innovation Award Judges Panel Has Made Their Selections!

SAP_HANA_Innovation_Award_2016_Laurel_RThe SAP HANA Innovation Award is back for a third season! What is it? An opportunity to recognize the awesome things our customers are doing with SAP HANA. All eligible customers who have deployed SAP HANA or developed an SAP HANA business app can enter for a chance to win prize money for charity and a free pass to SAPPHIRE NOW. The ETiCCS project has been selected as Honorable Mention in the Next-Gen Apps category.

»Dear Magnus von Knebel DoeberitzMD:

Heidelberg University Hospital has been selected as Honorable Mention in the Next-Gen Apps category.

Congratulations! This year, we received over 100 entries – a new record! The competition was intense, and the scores amongst the top entries were extremely close.  The judges had to make some very difficult decisions, comparing entries from a wide range of SAP HANA applications from many different industries and many different parts of the world.

Your entry rose to the top and presents a compelling example of innovation leadership with SAP HANA.  To commemorate this achievement, Heidelberg University Hospital will be receiving the Honorable Mention Trophy for Next-Gen Apps.

The SAP HANA Innovation Award team sincerely appreciates your participation in the 2016 SAP HANA Innovation Award!


Best Regards,
Emma Reeve
SAP Vice President, Customer Storytelling Enablement & Promotion«