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AI to empower community and track pandemic

29th April 2020
Lanna Cooper

With the world laser-focused on tackling the novel coronavirus crisis, SAS puts analytics to work where it’s needed most. Using its AI technology in new ways, the analytics company has developed a COVID-19 Data Analytics Resource Hub to help businesses and individuals across industries combat the virus.

SAS’ COVID-19 Resource Hub delivers an assortment of free resources and tools, unleashing the power of analytics to counter the pandemic through its three phases of disruption: Respond, Recover and Reimagine.

Explore COVID-19 insights, track the most recent global stats and - perhaps most importantly - access real COVID-19 data and advanced analytics software to uncover new trends and insights.

COVID-19 data visualisation and discovery

Making real time COVID-19 insights accessible to all, SAS enables members of the analytics community and beyond to discover and track the latest information around the pandemic with the SAS Coronavirus Report.

This dynamic data visualisation dashboard uses SAS Visual Analytics capabilities and allows users to probe the most recent statistics via interactive charts, graphs, diagrams and more, with drill-down capabilities to depict the status, location, spread and trend analysis of cases around the globe.

For data aficionados, the new Data Discovery Environment provides free 30-day access to SAS Viya. Users can access dashboards, detailed reports and actual COVID-19 data consolidated from Johns Hopkins, the World Health Organisation (WHO), National Health Council (NHC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Through the application, users can create robust predictive models, forecasts and reports with capabilities for machine learning, data mining, optimisation, model management and more. The accompanying Data Discovery Learning Portal provides access to free training courses and videos to help users along their analytics journey and COVID-19 discovery.

And for those looking to advance their analytics skills, the online hub includes myriad flexible SAS training options forlearners and professionals, such as webinars, extended Live Web course offerings anda variety of free resources, including e-Books, e-learning, and 30 days of free access to SAS Learning Subscriptions and the SAS Academy for Data Science.

Strength in numbers - through analytics and partnerships

While the COVID-19 Resource Hub brings together analytics professionals worldwide to explore and collaborate, it also provides users with a plethora of valuable COVID-19-related articles and blogs as well as SAS initiatives.

Users can explore case studies to learn more about how customers and partners worldwide are using analytics to visualise, forecast and make more informed decisions to help create a better, safer present and post-COVID world.

For example, Cleveland Clinic uses predictive models to help hospitals plan for current and future needs, and The Robert Koch Institute’s forecasting platform, developed in just a few days, helps track and optimise use of intensive care beds with ventilators.

“SAS, like many other organisations, recognises the role it can play in the global response to the pandemic, and the COVID-19 Resource Hub aims to do just that by enabling the analytics community to transform data into intelligence,” said Laurie Miles, Director of Analytics at SAS UK & Ireland.

“It’s in times of crisis that we see the true power of analytics in changing the world, whether it’s used to allocate high demand resources, track potential exposure or improve patient care. Together, we can use data and analytics to make a difference and get through this difficult period.”

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