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SAS & Duke Health announce intended collaboration to build the AI-driven digital health care system of the future

The organizations aim to transform today’s health care into improved health solutions and preventative care informed by data and analytics


Duke Health, a world-renowned academic medical center, and SAS, a global analytics leader, have formalized a letter of intent to explore innovative and collaborative solutions together that will shape the future of health care via informed data and analytics.

The two organizations share a vision to develop new cloud-based and AI-powered products, focusing on health care solutions and services for improved care and delivery outcomes, business operations, and health services research.

The intended collaboration aims to leverage:

  • SAS’ analytic technologies, particularly SAS® Health, and its ability to facilitate cutting-edge development of artificial intelligence capabilities through a highly reliable, consistent and scalable platform, improving efficiency and time to insight.
  • Duke Health’s ability to test and validate predictive models in a gold standard clinical setting, as well as its experience developing, testing and deploying analytical solutions in health care through close collaboration with health data scientists, researchers and clinicians.

“At Duke Health, our vision for advancing patient care is to deliver tomorrow’s health care today,” said Jeffrey Ferranti, MD, MS, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Duke Health. “With their many decades of experience developing analytics solutions that lead to bold discoveries and drive progress, SAS is an ideal partner to further our mission of advancing health together.”

The intended collaboration between Duke Health and SAS will support initiatives focused on improving health equity and optimizing health outcomes. Duke Health’s innovative whole-person care model matches SAS’ industry-leading expertise in the integration of clinical, claims, genomic and social data.

“The need to transform health care is more urgent than ever, and SAS wants to be at the forefront of this evolution by increasing patient access to technologically advanced care and ultimately improving population health,” said Gail Stephens, Vice President of Health Care and Life Sciences at SAS. “We are eager to move forward with Duke Health and leverage SAS analytics to create a healthier world for all people.”

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