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Accessible Analytics using SAS

Breakfast Session for OPS

Friday, May 11 | The SAS Canada Building

Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Presentations: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: Complimentary

To fully realize the value of your investment in analytics, you must share analytical insights so people can make informed decisions. You want to share those insights using modern technology including interactive charts, graphs, maps, and other data visualizations. However, there is a strong impetus to ensure people with disabilities also have equal access to those insights. Is it possible to do both?

Please join Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility, and Jesse Sookne, Senior User Experience Designer, for an interactive discussion. Ed and Jesse will share innovative reporting technology that empowers people with disabilities to access analytics like never before. In addition, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care using SAS for reporting and visualization will share their story on how and why SAS was chosen as an analytics partner. We will also review examples of ministry reports and discuss how they are enabling data driven decisions in the Ops.

About our speakers

Ed  Summers

Ed Summers
Director of Accesability, SAS

Jessie Sookne

Jesse Sookne
Senior User Experience Designer SAS

Jessie Sookne

Tyler Olson
Senior Systems Tester, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Chinyere Nmezi

Chinyere Nmezi
Senior Health Analyst, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Azfar Samin

Azfar Samin
Senior IT Project Manager, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


8:30 a.m.Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Solutions Showcase
9:00 a.m.

Accessible Analytics Using SAS

Ed Summers, Director of Accessibility SAS
Jesse Sookne, Senior User Experience Designer SAS 

10:30 a.m.

Voice of Customer : Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) procured SAS Visual Analytics (VA) in early 2017 for the purpose of exploring data visually and designing interactive visualizations quickly.  Access to this high-performing dynamic reporting environment is providing better opportunities to ministry users for unlocking useful information to inform program improvement and policy development.  To share our experiences, the presentation will shed light on three areas:

1. Project’s IT journey starting from procurement to planning, design, and integration with other technologies culminating in a secure deployment of SAS VA. Also discussed will be the security architecture to cater to different types of users, and provisioning access to visualizations through a web portal;

2. Challenges encountered and lessons learned during the project to ensure the solution adheres to the accessibility guidelines provided in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) and;

3. The report design process and how the visualizations created by analysts in SAS VA are benefiting the ministry program users, who were previously used to viewing data in a static format, by interactively looking at pre-calculated KPIs mapped to “Patients First” – Action plan for changing and improving Ontario’s health system.

Following the presentation, a demo will be provided for two visualizations: Population explorer and Home Care Activity Tool.

Tyler Olson, Senior Systems Tester at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Chinyere Nmezi, Senior Health Analyst at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Azfar Samin, Senior IT Project Manager, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

11:00 a.m.

Closing & Networking


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Toronto, ON, M5A 1K7

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