Regions Bank AD Corporate systems
Lindsey O’Rourke started programming in 1983, working for a hospital -- primarily supporting finance applications. He picked up a SAS reference guide, coded a simple example and got it to work. He began using it to verify the results of his COBOL extracts, and in particular PROC FREQ to help him identify the handling of all transaction types in his program.
How long have you been using SAS®?
What SAS products have you used in the past? What products and solutions are you currently using?
SAS 9.1, Base SAS®.
What is a problem you have solved using SAS?
Automating email generations based on mainframe file processing.
Also, SAS date formats make it so easy to compare dates in most any format, and it makes reading a report image easy by having numeric formats such as comma15.2 or dollar15.2 to read a report image to turn it into a .csv file. The finance group I supported called on me frequently to turn report images into spreadsheets. It was a tremendous time saver for our accountants.
What is the most innovative way you have used SAS?
To speed up downloading of files from mainframe by using an “email send with attach statements” to send the mainframe files to my email inbox.
What is your most memorable SAS moment?
I used to work at a hospital, where I was asked to write a program to compare In-Patient Admit/Discharge date ranges to Medicare Per Diem Rate tables to ensure that the proper per diem rates were applied. I wrote a SAS program to read the Per Diem Rate table and the inpatient records for that same time period and merged the transactions to the Medicare Payments transactions. I was able to identify discrepancies between the effective date of per diem increases to the in-patient transactions, to determine if a payment during that time frame had the proper per diem rate. This created report files that provided the audit for additional reimbursements for the payments that had understated per diem rates.
How has SAS changed in the time you have been using it?
Many new functions, and PROCs are available; the greatest is ODS (Output Delivery System)!
Have you ever attended a SAS users group meeting or SAS Global Forum? If yes, please list them.
I was once active with a SAS users group in the mid-1980s.
Has your work with SAS been influenced by any other members of the SAS community?
Yes. There are many great examples of SAS code that are shared among SAS users available with a simple Google search.
If you could point a new SAS user to one resource, what would it be?