As money flows into efforts to modernize healthcare IT systems, a wide variety of tech vendors -- from traditional healthcare systems providers to newcomers seeking a piece of the action -- are offering new systems, products, and services to assist caregivers in doing a better job of helping patients.
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Services and products: SAP offers a broad range of products and services for healthcare and life sciences providers from business units called SAP for Healthcare and SAP Life Sciences. Some of these address business intelligence, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, human capital management, supplier relationship management, and sustainability.
Value to healthcare providers: SAP has been working with healthcare providers since the mid 1990s. SAP's clients often request technology integration services. Two recently introduced products, SAP Business Objects Planning and Consolidation for Healthcare and SAP BusinessObjects Quality Management for Healthcare, exemplify its approach to the fast-changing world of healthcare IT. These products are part of a larger group of industry-specifics business analytics systems designed to give customers critical industry-specific information, helping them better understand risk and uncover opportunities. The systems can also be customized further to meet particular business goals.
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