SAS Touts Analytics to
April 10, 2017
tragic patterns of child abuse, opioid addiction and other crimes are
also the key to conquering them. Organizations armed with SAS Visual
Investigator can uncover hidden trends and behaviors that flag danger to
a child, drug abuse and trafficking, fraud, financial crimes and insider
threats and point organizations toward answers.
Part of the SAS® Viya™ family of products, SAS Visual Investigator
alerts investigators, case workers or analysts to heightened risks or
threats. Combining machine learning with dynamic and interactive visual
workspaces, SAS enables analysts to easily grasp causes for events or
alerts and act on deep analytical discoveries.
The applications of SAS Visual Investigator are diverse, but government
agencies and financial institutions, in particular, are taking notice.
Predicting and protecting kids at risk
New Hanover County, NC, faces a particularly heart-wrenching challenge:
rising numbers of abused and neglected children. New Hanover County has
enlisted SAS Visual Investigator to identify and track risk factors for
children, and help keep them alive.
New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS) processes 300
reports of child abuse or neglect every month. By integrating data from
criminal justice and public health databases into agency data, the
system will alert DSS workers to relevant changes to risks affecting a
child in their charge.
It might be 911 calls from the home, arrests of family members, new
individuals in the home, or new investigations. SAS’ visual presentation
will make it easier for caseworkers to grasp what triggered an alert,
drill into the case for details, and determine what interventions may be
SAS Visual Investigator will not only help New Hanover County reduce
child fatalities. DSS also expects to lower paid placements in foster or
group homes and residential treatment centers, and increase the rate of
“permanency” – a permanent home for the child. As a bonus, providing a
better outcome for kids could save DSS hundreds of thousands of dollars
Child welfare and the opioid epidemic
In the US, 91 people die from opioid abuse each day. And a baby is born
dependent on opioids every 19 minutes.
The epidemic is causing the number of children in social services care
In New Hanover County, the number of children taken into permanent
custody because of opioids has doubled since 2013. Opioids now account
for nearly 30 percent of DSS interventions.
North Carolina is not
- In Vermont, the number of
children in the custody of the Department of Children and Families grew
40 percent over two years. A state survey found opioid use a factor in
80 percent of cases involving a child under age 3.
- In Indiana, some 2,600 children
were removed from homes due to parental drug abuse over a six-month
period ending March 2016; that’s 71 percent more than two years earlier.
- In Massachusetts, numbers have
jumped 28 percent over three years. The Mass. Department of Children and
Families received reports of 3,215 infants born exposed to drugs between
March 2014 and July 2015.
“The intersection of
opioid abuse and child abuse and neglect is threatening to overwhelm the
system,” said Wanda Marino, Assistant Director of New Hanover County DSS.
“Case workers, investigators and law enforcement need to understand
their data to intervene quickly and try and break this tragic cycle.”
Investigators for prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) combat
the epidemic by revealing doctor-shopping patients, provider “pill
mills” and networks of collaborating offenders. SAS Visual Investigator
analyzes data to pinpoint suspicious behaviors among prescribers and
patients, and sends detailed alerts to PDMP staff. Investigators can
mitigate addiction by intervening where behavior patterns indicate a
patient is at high risk to transition to heroin. They can also pass on
suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Bolstering law enforcement and banking investigations
trafficking, including prescription painkillers and heroin, is one of
many crimes carried out by sophisticated criminal networks. SAS Visual
Investigator can break through the complexity of associated public
safety and law enforcement operations. The software can alert
investigators to potential criminal networks, and reliably detect
suspicious anomalies across an integrated view of internal and
Banks face both external and internal risks associated with fraud, loan
and asset management and other areas. SAS Visual Investigator’s
surveillance framework and machine learning techniques detect insider
threats quickly, assesses employees, and identifies potential internal
sabotage, helping financial institutions protect themselves from
reputational risk and limit financial losses.
A bank’s Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit can identify unknown
compliance risks and exposures throughout the world, in every country
where it does business. By providing a framework to consolidate
anti-money laundering and fraud information, SAS Visual Investigator
pinpoints siloed risks that together signal a threat. Through improved
search, entity resolution, and visualization of networks, bank
investigators can apply human intelligence to rapidly address risks that
may not be captured by traditional transactional monitoring.