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Dignity Health, SAS Partner for Advanced Analytics

August 26, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The San Francisco-based Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the U.S., has teamed up with analytics vendor SAS, based in Cary, N.C., to create a cloud-based, big data platform powered by a library of clinical, social and behavioral analytics.

These analytics will aim to help doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers better understand each patient and tailor care to improve health while reducing costs, officials say. In the short term, the two organizations will use the big data analytics platform to reduce readmission rates, determine best practices for addressing congestive heart failure and sepsis, manage pharmacy costs and outcomes, and create tools to improve each patient’s experience.

Analytics can allow Dignity Health to assign a probability to future events such as the risk of readmission, the likelihood of sepsis or kidney failure, and then apply best practices to intervene early and reduce the possibility of avoidable future complications and costs. The platform powered by SAS will affect how physicians at Dignity Health’s 39-hospital system treat patients and how Dignity Health coordinates care among the more than 9,000 affiliated providers

“In order to deliver the right care at the right place, cost and time for every patient, we must connect and share data across all our hospitals, health centers and provider network,” Deanna Wise, CIO at Dignity Health, said in a statement. “The SAS cloud-based analytics platform will help us better analyze data to optimize and customize our treatment for each patient and improve the care we deliver.”

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