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SAS Institute to debut analytics platform for healthcare at HIMSS17

The business intelligence stalwart has a suite specific to healthcare of which an executive said the goal is ambient analytics and answers from data.
By Ephraim Schwartz
07:04 AM
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SAS principal industry consultant Mark Lambrecht said the underlying code base uses REST APIs to make the platform adaptive to data sources. 

SAS Institute plans to bring its Viya analytics to the HIMSS healthcare constituency. The company first announced its Viya cloud-based analytics service last year and is now offering a suite of analytic tools geared specifically for healthcare.

 “With new ways to embed analytics into software development, interfaces to analytics insights and new methods for bigger and more varied data, health providers and care managers can be confident that data-driven decisions are available and accurate – and helping them drive the best outcomes,” said Mark Lambrecht, a principal industry consultant within SAS’ Health and Life Sciences Global Practice.

The underlying integrated code base, accessed visually or programmatically from a variety of coding languages and REST (Representational State Transfer) APIs should assure that the Viya platform is adaptive to various data sources and, at the same time, centralization assures compliance with IT governing policies and security. 

Lambrech said that as healthcare continues its steady march toward self-service and remotely monitored events, what is required from the next generation of technology is ever faster access to more and prioritized information while providers are being asked to do more with less. 

“Efficiency is driving toward automating processing, like prioritized alerts from events of interest from patient monitors. Everything from IoT-based automated actions and situational monitoring and alerts to natural language question and answer systems, digital assistants and other cognitive computing and AI-based analytics capabilities are being considered to drive better and well-managed care,” said Lambrecht. 

Viya Products have begun to be released, with more being introduced on the new platform throughout 2017 and beyond. 

“The end goal is to be able to embed analytics so that they are ambient, driving the right answer at the right time for the right outcome,” Lambrecht noted.

SAS Viya is compatible with both the backend and front end for SAS Health and Life Sciences (HLS) users. Those with existing SAS solutions will be able to take advantage of new analytical methods in SAS Viya and bridge those with their existing SAS 9 solution, embedding those new insights into deployable actions.  SAS Viya also recognizes images as a data type, giving HLS users the ability to extend their unstructured text analysis to this new source of input. 

SAS Viya runs on existing hardware or in a public or private cloud. Current user assets will run with SAS Viya. In addition, using bridge technology SAS ensures customers that data and deployable results can be exchanged between both its current SAS 9 and SAS Viya.

SAS Institute will be in Booth 3731. 

HIMSS17 runs from Feb. 19-23, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.


This article is part of our ongoing coverage of HIMSS17. Visit Destination HIMSS17 for previews, reporting live from the show floor and after the conference.


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