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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Illinois Public Health Community Map and other Health GIS News

A new feature on the Illinois Health Care Report Card is a Public Health Community Map.

Mary Driscoll is chief of the department’s Division of Patient Safety and Quality. She says both consumers and health care professionals should find it useful as a companion to the state’s Health Care Report Card.

"The purpose...is for consumer to get a better sense of what kind of health care hospitals are providing," says Driscoll. "and also look at their counties and/or communities. The data map is looking at, basically, access to primary care."

The map is the latest attempt to combat that ongoing condition: People using the emergency room as their family doctor.

Tech? Axis Maps IndieMapper.

- WLDS

A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses [A disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals] are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The report, which was conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Institute of Zoology (UK) and the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam, maps poverty, livestock-keeping and the diseases humans get from animals, and presents a "top 20" list of geographical hotspots.

- press release

Need a map of countries that have universal health care and some analysis? The Atlantic delivers.

- The Atlantic

by Adena Schutzberg on 07/10 at 03:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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