Tools from SAS and its subsidiary JMP will be used by the Air Force Medical Service to create a data warehouse for health information.

Other military services may follow,

The deal was announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

The USAF plans to deploy a “global dashboard” through which data gathered from bases around the world will be used to “improve operational and clinical decision support.”

The Air Force wants to gain “clinical and operational insights” down to individual patients, something that was not available before through other data warehouse or business intelligence software, SAS and the USAF said.

The Air Force will use SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence Server, SAS Enterprise Miner, JMP statistical discovery software and other tools as part of a SAS BI solution.

“The Air Force’s widespread medical and support personnel will have one version of the truth,” said Karen Knowles, President of SAS Federal. “In addition, researchers will have powerful analytics to explore innovative preventative treatments.”

The Air Force program will serve as a proving ground for the business intelligence program. Plans call for it to be expanded to the other military services, SAS said in the announcement.

SAS is based in Cary.

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