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NHS trust to use SAS business analytics to transform research

By: Information Daily Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 10:19 GMT Jump to Comments

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust will use SAS’s management and analytical techniques to transform their research model using big data visualisation.

The deal marks the first time SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, has worked in partnership with a UK hospital trust.

SAS will work to deliver services suited to the individual needs of each patient by using evidence-based decisions that draw on all available data.

SAS Visual Analytics, SAS’s own-brand analytics software, will first be used in research to “explore all relevant data quickly and easily”. IT Users at Royal Brompton & Harefield Trust will then be able to execute analytic correlations on billions of rows of data in minutes or seconds and visually present the results on tablet devices.

In the long-term, SAS’s solution will be spread to encompass the entire workings of the hospital, with clinicians and management collaborating and sharing insights to improve healthcare for all patients.

Cliff Morgan, Clinical Lead for IT at the trust, clarified the potential in using SAS’s system for research purposes; “Incorporating analytics into our research trials can deliver new insights in key areas, such as the factors that lie behind the onset of heart and lung disease, which can then inform critical decisions about how we treat our patients.”

Dr Graham Hughes, Chief Medical Officer at SAS, expanded; “Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust recognises that one of the smartest things it can do to improve the outcome of research - and ultimately patient care - is to put all available data to work in a way that delivers care tailored to each patient”.

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