Access to Primary Care in Belgium and other Health GIS News
Research published in BMC Family Practice suggests that how policy makers decide where there is a doctor access issue is crude and may not yield the best results to solve the problem.
Methods: Using a geographical information system (GIS), we conduct a nation-wide study of accessibility to primary care physicians in Belgium using four different methods: PPR, distance to closest physician, cumulative opportunity, and floating catchment area (FCA) methods.
Results: The official method used by policy makers in Belgium (calculating PPR per physician zone) offers only a crude representation of health care accessibility, especially because large contiguous areas (physician zones) are considered. We found substantial differences in the number and spatial distribution of medical shortage areas when applying different methods.
"Gerrymandering for the public good" is how Johns Hopkins University transplant surgeon Dr. Dorry Segev describes a proposal to change the map that governs how donated livers are distributed around the country.
The ultimate goal: "That your chance of dying without a liver transplant doesn't depend on your ZIP code," said Dr. John Roberts, transplant chief at the University of California, San Francisco.
Said another way: making it so geography does not matter in liver transplants.
The Chief Medical Officer, National Polio Emergency Operations Centre, Andrew Etsano, says Nigeria has witnessed a 50 per cent reduction in wild polio cases as at the third quarter of 2013.
Among the tools? GIS.
According to him [Etsano], the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) in mapping of settlements and tracking of vaccinators as well as polio survival groups to enhance community mobilisation had been introduced.