Corporate social responsibility often involves the creation of foundations and channelling funds into charity organisations, rather than cloud computing and in memory-database platforms.
But technology is being increasingly deployed to find ways to combat crises, such as the use of NASA tech to find victims of the recent Nepal earthquake.
At SAP's Sapphire Now event in Orlando, V3 spoke to Rick Costanzo, SAP's general manager for its global mobility solutions division, who explained how the company's HANA Cloud Platform is used to aid doctors diagnosing and treating Ebola in remote regions of the world.
Costanzo did not name the organisation SAP has been working with but, said that the company provided its HANA Cloud Platform Mobile Services to support the Ebola app.
He explained that Mobile Services allows for the rapid creation of mobile apps on SAP's HANA Cloud Platform, allowing enterprise-grade apps on mobile devices to pull and push data to and from the cloud.
On its own, this capability is useful for doctors working out in the field and recording data on Ebola outbreaks, but the clever part comes from Mobile Services' ‘deep offline' feature.
Deep offline enables a lightweight database to be kept on a mobile device, meaning the app can still fully function without a wireless broadband connection to the cloud, thereby allowing its use in areas where mobile coverage is poor at best.
"When you think about having hundreds of doctors spread across geographically diverse locations and coverage isn't necessarily the greatest thing in all those areas, a mobile platform service like deep offline matters in those types of place," said Costanzo.
He highlighted that this capability means the Ebola app can collect data from patients and then send it to the HANA Cloud Platform when a mobile connection is established, after which the harvested data can then be analysed in real time against other information within the cloud platform.
Costanzo explained that this approach allows for real-time analysis, yielding results that take a fraction of the time it would take if such a system of record was paper-based.
With the app and analysis, doctors can gain better insights into the disease and predict areas at risk of an Ebola outbreak.
SAP is not alone using cloud-based technology to support medical organisations in fighting infectious diseases.
IBM recently unveiled its Watson Health Cloud, which uses cloud-powered cognitive computing to crunch medical data to improve the delivery of patient care and aid new medical discoveries.
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