When lives are at stake, a hospital system in Taiwan has turned to business analytics to improve its operations to deliver quality healthcare.

Taipei Medical University recently implemented SAS Visual Analytics to provide the hospital with visual data analytics across its three hospitals.

SAS Visual Analytics is an in-memory solution that provides real-time data on how the operations are performing-from services, and finance, and even equipment performance.

Taipei Medical University (TMU) is one of the largest healthcare systems in Taiwan, with a medical university and three hospitals with a capacity of more than 3,000 beds. TMU said the SAS solution helps its network of healthcare institutions achieve operational efficiency.

Improved Efficiencies

"To remain profitable, hospitals must operate with utmost efficiency," said Ray-Jade Chen, a trauma surgeon and CEO, Center Management and Development, TMU. "At the same time, we must be sure to consistently provide high-quality patient care. To achieve these goals, we're using high-performance data visualisation from SAS to analyse and monitor real-time performance across all three hospitals in the system."

SAS said the solution can monitor performance and gather data at different levels - hospital, department and physician-from a single dashboard. With the data, management can make better sound judgment calls that can help map out business strategies.

Accurate reports can be derived with the help of the solution even to the point of detecting inconsistencies. And with real-time reporting, users can make quick life-changing decisions.

"The information can serve as an early warning system, revealing previously hidden or hard-to-decipher problems within a set of data; this advantage allows TMU to promptly determine the most appropriate course of action and to adopt preventive measures," said SAS executives in a statement in early October.

The solution can process large amounts of data in seconds or minutes and process these into readable reports. The data can be correlated to identify patterns, trends and relationships-and all this information can be presented in graphically for better appreciation and easy understanding, they said.