Information Technology

Dr. Software Wants to Help

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Software companies effectively manage and analyze medical data will emerge as front runners in a market that is predicted to grow five-fold by 2022.

  • Facts


    • SAP has offices in more than 100 nations and customers include 7,100 health-care facilities in 88 countries.
    • Formerly a doctor, David Delaney, 48, is the firm’s chief medical officer.
    • The global business in data analysis in the health care industry alone will rocket from $6.8 billion to $32.4 billion by 2022, according to market research company Stratistics.
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Female surgeon using digital tablet to command artificial heart in operation room.
SAP is at the heart of the trend in health care towards more digitalization. Source: Getty images


The urge to help is in David Delaney’s DNA. His father was a pastor, his mother was a social worker. She encouraged her son to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. At the same time, another great passion captivated him: The Commodore 64, the everyday computer of the early 1980s.

“I don’t know how many lawns I mowed in the neighborhood until I had collected the money,” said the American, describing the object of his childhood desires. “With no hard drive, just a magnetic tape as memory.”

But that was enough to enable him to learn programming which later helped finance his college education, including postgraduate Harvard degrees in internal and critical-care medicine.

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