How EMA Uses SAP BusinessObjects to Track Swine Flu

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • October 15, 2009
Business intelligence (BI) is no longer the domain of weekly financial reports and simple pie charts. The ability to dissect data from various sources quickly and present it in user-friendly ways has opened the door to a new generation of BI solutions. See how Emergency Medical Associates is using out-of-the-box functionality from SAP BusinessObjects to track the spread of the H1N1 (swine flu) virus in order to stay one step ahead of a potential epidemic.

In a field where broken bones, ruptured appendixes, and concussions are the hallmarks of a relatively calm night, preparation makes all the difference. Having the right staffing, supplies, and knowledge on hand is important when dealing with relatively minor medical emergencies. In the face of a potential epidemic, preparation is critical.

As the H1N1 (swine flu) virus spreads, Emergency Medical Associates (EMA) is using SAP BusinessObjects software to stay one step ahead. By tracking key metrics and presenting data in terms that emergency room doctors and administrators can understand, EMA is able to alert federal health officials of possible outbreaks and help emergency rooms plan appropriately.

"By drilling down into specific syndromes in our patient reports, we can pinpoint spikes in fever and flu-like symptoms that are swine flu indicators," says Jonathan Rothman, director of data management at EMA. "Then we compare it with our large archive of historical information to figure out where we stand. When statistics for a particular symptom exceed standard deviation, we know we've got a problem on our hands.”

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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