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SAS partners Intelligent Locations in IoT contact tracing

  • August 27, 2020
  • Steve Rogerson

SAS is working with Illinois-based Intelligent Locations to support healthcare organisations’ IoT and Covid-19 contact tracing efforts.
 
Intelligent Locations’ cloud-based IoT platform embeds SAS Event Stream Processing and Visual Analytics for real-time location services that support healthcare organisations. The embedded artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities create a continuous process improvement platform that helps healthcare companies manage equipment distribution, patient throughput and environmental monitoring that can increase productivity and efficiency.
 
Using Intelligent Locations’ contact tracing algorithms with SAS Analytics gives healthcare organisations immediate information regarding the contact history of those patients who test positive for Covid-19.
 
The partnership aims to give healthcare organisations access to analytics. Access to SAS Analytics through the cloud-based Intelligent Locations IoT platform should help organisations create deeper operational insights that lead to better decision making.
 
With the addition of SAS, organisations will be able to accelerate the use of machine learning and AI technologies in ways that charge patient and asset tracking, environmental monitoring, and contact tracing efforts.
 
The IoT platform can also help contain costs and generate revenue for hospitals.
 
“This partnership strengthens the product we offer our healthcare customers,” said Bogdan Nedelcu, CEO of Intelligent Locations. “It gives them a mission control dashboard for running hospitals. Real-time trends that show the availability of equipment and patient beds are of critical importance, especially now as the pandemic rages in many parts of the world. By combining Intelligent Locations and SAS, hospital executives will now have the insight to make decisions they never thought possible.”
 
The IoT platform provides hospitals with a plug-and-play, real-time location services infrastructure that can be installed in days and add value immediately.
 
“Immediate access to advanced analytics from our real time location services data gives us tremendous insight into hospital operations that can aid in decision making and enhance our patient care,” said Ben Patel, CIO of the Cone Health hospital system, a current Intelligent Locations user.
 
The collaboration will begin with offering SAS Event Stream Processing and Visual Analytics to new and existing Intelligent Locations customers.
 
“By optimising equipment levels and improving patient throughput, we have a proven ability to maximise the RoI for our users,” said Jake Bartnicki, SVP of sales for Intelligent Locations. “We see the partnership with SAS as a tremendous value add.”
 
Jason Mann, VP of IoT at SAS, added: “Having real-time visibility into the trends locked inside collected data is a key requirement for slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to supporting contact tracing efforts, our partnership will help healthcare organisations make better use of assets and support important actions like temperature monitoring, patient updates and transport time. Understanding data trends also will help once we’re at a point to safely resume normal operations.”