US Air Force prescribes SAS® to improve patient outcomes, lower costs

SAS® High-Performance Analytics, predictive capabilities will support research, preventative medicine

The US Air Force will use SAS® Business Intelligence software to improve quality of care and outcomes for its more than 1.2 million patients enrolled in Patient Centered Medical Home, increase patient satisfaction and reduce operational costs. SAS High-Performance Analytics and predictive modeling will also support research into preventative medicine and disease management.

Led by the Air Force Surgeon General's office, the service will deploy a global dashboard to improve operational and clinical decision support. SAS Enterprise BI Server and JMP ® statistical discovery software will enable Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) to quickly turn large amounts of data from multiple sources and formats into usable reports.

Previously, no central data warehouse or BI software could provide clinical and operational insights from the population level to the patient level. Sheer volume also made data mining a challenge, as AFMS struggled to comb through data to find meaningful insights.

The AFMS comprises nearly 60,000 active duty, reserve, civilian, and contract medical and support professionals. The Air Force operates 63 medical facilities in the continental US and 12 at overseas locations; with more than 1,700 Air Force medical personnel in 19 countries.

Each command or hospital needs the answers specific to them. With SAS, users will be able to drill into data and customize reports to their needs.

"The Air Force's widespread medical and support personnel will have one version of the truth," said Karen Knowles, Vice President of SAS Federal. "In addition, researchers will have powerful analytics to explore innovative preventative treatments."

The AFMS will be the proving ground for the BI implementation, with plans to expand the system to remaining Military Health Services in the future.

Using SAS® Enterprise Miner™ the company's premier data mining tool, Air Force researchers will create predictive models related to issues like traumatic brain injury and care of chronic conditions, like diabetes or cancer. Operational intelligence will be employed to better understand emergency room patient flow at military treatment facilities.

More powerful research will be possible with SAS Scoring Accelerator for Aster, a SAS In-Database solution that is part of the SAS High-Performance Analytics family integrated with the Teradata Aster Platform. USAF researchers can run a model on all 1.2 million patients to answer queries like, "Tell me the 10 percent of diabetes patients most likely to visit the emergency room in the next two months."

SAS Alliance Program member Intellicog, a health care BI and data warehousing solutions company, created the data model for the Air Force Health Services data warehouse.

For more than three decades, SAS has provided innovative solutions targeting the unique needs of the federal government. All 15 US federal departments and 80 national governments worldwide use SAS software's analytic and predictive capabilities for critical initiatives such as performance management, budgeting, logistics, cyberdefense, combating fraud and improper payments, and threat assessment.

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