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SAS creates Center for Health Analytics online community

Website facilitates health analytics discussion for leaders, stakeholders in health and life sciences

9th Annual SAS Health Care & Life Sciences Executive Conference, CARY, NC  (10 maj 2012)  – The SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights (CHAI) announces the launch of a new online community  to help bring together leaders and practitioners from the health and life sciences industries who are dedicated to transforming health care.

"We want to facilitate a different dialogue about health transformation," said Jason Burke, CHAI Managing Director. "Our research with health plans, health providers and life sciences firms finds that health analytics is pivotal to a cost-effective and outcomes-oriented health system. But the work requires collaboration. This open community will help customers, partners, regulators and other industry stakeholders explore together how health analytics can power a more information-driven health ecosystem."

The Center for Health Analytics combines a traditional website and online community. Members of the CHAI team will provide content and updates on health analytics research and practice across such broad topics as consumer engagement, health risk prediction, bundled payments, accountable care, evidence-based medicine, adaptive clinical trials, federal legislation and fraud prevention. In addition, industry leaders and stakeholders will add their own unique content and participate in discussions.

"One of our explicit goals is to balance input from our employees, customers, partners, thought leaders and industry pioneers," Burke said. "We are launching this community to offer a platform for multi-directional communication, education and exchange. We have a lot to share, but we have as much to gain from those who visit and join in the dialogue."

About the SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights

The SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights (CHAI) is a strategy research and incubation organization focused on innovative uses of advanced analytics across health and life sciences. Through multidisciplinary collaborations and the world's most powerful analytical software, CHAI helps organizations develop deeper patient insights, better medical outcomes, lower costs and improved organizational performance.

SAS is the industry leader in health analytics software and services, delivering best-in-class solutions for improving medical care, strengthening financial performance, deepening customer relationships and pursuing medical innovations. All of the top 25 health plans and pharmaceutical companies depend on SAS® for strategic insights into health outcomes, profitability, and customer preferences and behaviors that produce useful intelligence for business transformation and growth. AstraZeneca, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Healthways and McKesson are among the leading health care companies that use SAS. Visit SAS for life sciences, SAS for health care providers and SAS for health insurance for more information.

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