by Jennifer Griess, SAS Insights Editor

Though the pandemic poses unprecedented challenges, analytics provides vital insights based on reliable, timely data. Forecasting medical demand and optimizing response resources are essential to combat COVID-19 and mitigate its devastation. The health and well-being of patients and those who care for them are directly affected by the availability of essential medical resources like hospital beds, critical care capacity, medical equipment, personal protective equipment and staffing.

Yet when it comes to projecting the spread of infection, public health agencies must be cautious. If they underestimate the impact on health care systems, they won’t be prepared. If they overestimate, widespread fear could result. Advanced analytics can have a profound effect, helping health systems better plan and make modifications along the way. Guided decision making is empowered decision making.

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