SAS and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-Chapel Hill are teaming up on a project that could lead to better patient health through use of analytics.

A world leader in analytics software, SAS is developing a new product along with doctors at Lineberger that will blend data from multiple sources with the goal of better understanding and developing treatments for cancer.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

SAS describes the information available for each patient will be a “far deeper pool” from which doctors can devise treatments. The project involves use of SAS Health Outcomes Analysis software.

“SAS Health Outcomes Analysis will extend a care provider’s own experience and vision by providing information from a larger cohort of patients with similar treatment, health and demographic profiles,” SAS said in explaining the partnership. “The software helps researchers and medical practitioners easily and dynamically apply advanced analytical techniques to observational patient data.”

Data from a long-term study of biomarkers is also included with the goal being to better understand how a cancer will interact with various drug therapies.

“At the individual patient level, physicians need the ability to predict treatment outcomes by discriminating across a diverse, ever-increasing number of patient health factors,” said Jason Burke, managing director of the SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights. “Through health analytics, we can advance our understanding of disease progressions while improving individual patient outcomes.”

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