SAS Canada launches data integration solution for health care industry

    New offering helps health organizations manage data, track and report
    clinical performance

    TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics,
launched today its new offering, SAS(R) Data Integration for Health Care,
designed to help analysts spend less time consolidating data and more time
with analysis to help improve outcomes.
    The offering is a data integration and reporting solution based on the
SAS Business Analytics Framework, which lets healthcare organizations track
key clinical performance indicators; consolidate data from hospitals, regions
and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs); and automate information
aggregation and reporting across multiple source systems. The solution also
allows organizations to collate Discharge Abstract Database (DAD) and National
Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS) submissions to the Canadian Institute
for Health Information (CIHI), and provides information sharing across the
entire healthcare spectrum.
    "SAS Data Integration for Health Care provides Niagara Health System with
timely, detailed, accurate insights into key performance indicators," said
Teresa Struk, Director Finance and Decision Support Services, Niagara Health
System. "With SAS, we can monitor KPIs easily, which helps us identify areas
to improve for the greatest positive impact on both the quality of patient
care and efficient hospital operations."

    SAS Data Integration for Health Care allows organizations to:

    -   Perform root cause analysis to address missed service level targets.
    -   Focus more on improving clinical performance and accountability.
    -   Drill down into corporate, surgery, emergency and critical care
    -   Gain insight for more effective staff deployment.
    -   Measure progress toward CIHI benchmarks.

    True enterprise health data management

    The SAS Business Analytics Framework provides automated data management
capabilities and advanced business intelligence that enable healthcare
organizations to harness their data for performance management across all
functional areas. SAS data integration and data quality automatically
integrate data from disparate sources, thoroughly manage it for integrity and
keep it current, providing the best possible foundation for analysis. SAS
delivers intelligence in a variety of ways, including easy self-service Web
reporting and executive dashboards. Standardized KPI computation and other
analytical reporting tools help analysts perform the continuous ad hoc
reporting on metrics that is essential for day-to-day hospital management. And
because the SAS Business Analytics Framework is flexible, it can be expanded
quickly and cost-effectively by adding capabilities to address different
issues across the organization.

    About SAS

    SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the
largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through
innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps
customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by
making better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers
around the world THE POWER TO KNOW(R).
    The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation for 21 years.
Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs 240 people across the country at its
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices.

    SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are
registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other
countries. (R) indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are
trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright (C) 2009 SAS Institute
Inc. All rights reserved.

For further information:

For further information: John Quinn, SAS Canada,,
(416) 307-4537; Chris Conrath, Environics Communications,, (416) 969-2716; Visit the SAS Press Center

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