SAS Canada expands expertise in the
SAS Canada announced that it is partnering with Brian Shorter
(pictured), a healthcare consultant based in British Columbia, to
further help local healthcare organizations and government departments
leverage business intelligence and predictive analytics software to
improve the delivery of healthcare services and operational
Mr. Shorter is the former Chief Information Officer for the Vancouver
Island Health Authority.
SAS’s increased focus on healthcare in Canada builds upon the growing
momentum in the industry to implement data management and analytic
solutions to, amongst other things, apply predictive modeling techniques
to identify high-risk patients, to proactively intervene and optimize
care across populations and conduct clinical research and outcomes
analysis to optimize clinical care.
“The partnership with Brian Shorter will provide us with better insight
into the current state of the healthcare ecosphere in the western
provinces,” said Pat Finerty, Vice President for Business Development
and Alliances of SAS Canada. “Brian’s experience working within the
industry on strategic information technology projects will allow us to
effectively align our data management and analytical capabilities with
the real issues across the healthcare system.
“We want to help organizations turn those issues into opportunities that
will positively affect the quality and timeliness of healthcare service
delivery in western Canada.”
Shorter’s recent consulting engagements include projects at the BC
Provincial Health Services Authority, the Federal Healthcare
Partnership, the BC Reproductive Care Society and the Hamilton Niagara
Haldimand Brant LHIN.
SAS is a leader in business intelligence and analytical software and
services. According to the company, customers at 43,000 sites use SAS
software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in
faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships
with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations;
research breakthroughs; and better products and processes.
The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation for 19
years. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs more than 200 people across
the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and
Montréal offices. www.sas.com.