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Friday, March 07, 2014

The FAA has appealed the decision which stays the decision. That means legally, things stay the same as before the decision until the National Technology Safety Board makes a decision..

--- original post 3/6/14 ----

National Transportation Safety Board Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty decided a case (pdf) on Thursday concluding the FAA had no basis for the commercial drone ban because there were no formal laws to that effect. The case  of Pirker v. Huerta, involved Swiss drone pilot who filmed a commercial in Virginia and was fined $10,000 by the FAA. The pilot was the only person the FAA has fined and Pirker fought back. The judge dismissed the FAA’s fine.

Exactly what this decision means, that is if in fact it's now a free for all on commercial drones, is not exactly clear. The FAA has yet to comment on the decision. Any appeal would go the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Interestingly, just today the Wall Street Journal suggested the FAA was looking to find solutions to open the skies on a case by case basis.

- Politico

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/07 at 01:33 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

US Obesity 2013 from Gallup
Gallup's State of the States offers the latest data on obesity and other diseases by state. (right)
Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2013, at 35.4%, while Montana has the lowest rate, at 19.6%. The obesity rate has generally increased across the U.S. each year since 2008.
And, there seems to be a correlation between obesity and chronic disease.
Those living in the 10 states with the highest levels of obesity are more likely to report having had a diagnosis of chronic disease at some point in their lives, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, cancer, and heart attacks, than are those living in the 10 states with the lowest obesity rates. 

Children’s National Health System Success with GIS

An article on Children’s National Health System reveals why GIS is not widely used in health care.

Although GIS technology itself is mature, there are many reasons why it has yet to become part of the mainstream technologies in acute and ambulatory care delivery. Challenges include patient privacy, availability of relevant data that is easily mapped, and a daunting number of options in how to embed spatial coordinates into health data.

The article also talks of a success story on trying to limit burns.

 “When we drilled down in the data, we figured out most of the problems came from thermal burns caused by a water heater being set too high,” Jacobs says. Fed by EHR data, color-coded maps revealed that the majority of cases originated in a handful of Hispanic neighborhoods. As a result, Children’s partnered with the District of Columbia’s Office on Latino Affairs to circulate handouts describing simple prevention tips. “We significantly reduced the number of thermal burns coming to the ED,” Jacobs says. “It was very effective.”

The article is one of very few that note that Esri is a not-for-profit. The article also uses the term "geospatial" nine times. 

Small Time Pharmacy Uses GIS to Drive Sales

Joe DiMatteo, owner of The Medicine Shoppe in Oakmont and Penn Hills, PA was having trouble competing with chain drug stores. So he turned to 4CTechnologies in Wilkinsburg who did some analysis and learned about his potential customers: ""Rust Belt retirees," people who are deeply invested in their communities and have lived there a long time."

With that information in hand DiMatteo  started a coupon program for the two pharmacies and is looking to begin hosting community seminars in the spring.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 03/07 at 04:27 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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