September 21, 2009 - Emergency Medical Associates is using SAP AG business intelligence to pinpoint the movement of the H1N1 virus and alert federal organizations and emergency medical departments to patterns of outbreak. In turn, hospitals will be able to staff according to swine flu trends and accommodate upticks in patient visits.

EMA provides emergency services to hospitals and health systems in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. During the H1N1 outbreak in April 2009, the organization saw the potential for tracking influenza infection patterns among its emergency rooms, homing in on information such as the number of visits for the month versus past months; patient-walkout percentages; time of walk-in compared to time of admittance; and how long it took to treat and release or treat and admit a patient. Physicians have online access to this information in real time with reporting and analysis software from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, and use the data to respond quickly to changing public health conditions.

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