SAP Asia Pacific Japan recently announced strong adoption of its SAP for Healthcare solution portfolio. Despite the current economic downturn, the company continues to see strong momentum in the healthcare sector. India’s MediCity, clinically modelled after global Centres of Excellence such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic in the United States, recently selected the SAP ERP ECC 6.0 application as its standard technology platform. “The new global centre will help integrate and explore pioneering frontiers in the field of medicine and healthcare. We believe technology will play a critical role in helping us achieve our clinical and business objectives”, says Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director of Global Health, the company behind the MediCity project. In addition to MediCity, the rapidly growing SAP for healthcare customer base also includes leading healthcare institutions such as National Healthcare Group in Singapore, Ramsay Health in Australia. Estimated by IDC to be greater than US$6.5 billion in 2007, the health IT spending in the region is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.3 per cent to more than US$9.2 billion in 2012. “We are witnessing a growing demand from the healthcare industry to better automate, streamline, and simplify businesses so that they can focus on their core mission of delivering quality patient care. Healthcare will be a priority focus for SAP in the years to come”, said Andy David, Industry Principal, Healthcare, SAP Asia Pacific Japan. To date, the SAP for Healthcare solution portfolio has attracted more than 2,300 healthcare institutions around the world.