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HISIA functions as an interface between health survey data on the one hand and the Internet module of the statistical software package SAS on the other hand.

Dynamic Web pages and the SAS® Stored Process on SAS BI:
In the Dynamic Web page environment, the user completes a form in his or her browser with the necessary parameters for the task in hand. The programme is encoded in SAS language (SCL, macros or source code). The SAS System is activated and data entered by the user are converted from the HTML form into the SAS System. The results generated are returned so the browser can display them. It provides interactive access to SAS software functionality and data without having SAS software installed on the end user's computer.   Output from the SAS software analysis can be converted to various formats that are supported by the user's web browser, such as HTML tables.