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Friday, May 16, 2014

Health Landscape Acquisition

HealthLandscape, an interactive, web-based geospatial tool that combines, analyzes, and displays data sources to improve understanding of the forces that affect access to health services, has been purchased by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Save the Children's Map of Best Places to be a Mom

For Mother’s Day, Save the Children released its annual State of the World’s Mothers report. The rankings are based on data about maternal health, infant mortality, educational opportunity, per capita income, and the political status of women.

Patient Outcome, Not Ambulance Arrival Times Better Indicator of Success

Ambulance Victoria is using data modelling and predictive analytics alongside a collaborative approach with other health suppliers to improve patient survival rates.

[Agency CIO Cameron] Crampton and his team chose to turn the traditional approach of measuring the supplier’s effectiveness based on ambulance response times on its head. They are now focusing on the outcome of the patient rather than how fast the vehicle gets there.

The argument, which makes sense to me, suggests that getting an ambulance to a sick person without the correct resources quickly doesn't mean success. The real measure is a good medical outcome. Thus a variety of factors, including where ambulances are, what equipment and what skilled staff are in them are all relevant.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 04:09 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri’s interactive Wildfire Public Information Map shows active fire and perimeter information from USGS and MODIS, current wind conditions from NOAA, and active FEMA shelters. There's also access to geotagged social media from Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. Esri notes this new version of the wildfire map uses a responsive design to ensure it embeds smoothly at any size. It's below.

Google also provides a map showing active and contained fires, but also shelters, traffic and weather data., but it's focused on resources to help the displaced and those worried about those living in the area.

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/16 at 03:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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