SAS Australia Managing Director, David Bowie, said the SAS Visual Analytics platform would enable AIHW to analyse large and very complex data sets to provide “authoritative, evidence-based information to government agencies.”
“Collecting, analysing and disseminating this information promotes the health and well-being of the community through a better understanding of the data for policy proposals,” Bowie said.
Bowie said AIHW had recently become accredited as a data integrating authority by the Australian government, along with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, another SAS customer.
“The new visual analytics capabilities will enable AIHW to be much more immediate in how it enables its analysts to get the information they need in real time, rather than wait for a report that may not even fully address the issues at hand.”
Bowie sad one area in which AIHW was already using visual analytics was in the development of new approaches for presenting decision makers with information about mental health services.
“The agency can quickly and easily produce dashboards with rich visualisations from very complex and rapidly changing data sets and make them available online. AIHW will be extending this capability to other subject areas in the coming months.”