GIS Health News Weekly: Acquisition, Mother’s Day Map, Rethinking Ambulance Success
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.
LBS App for Non-Life Threatening Doctor Appointments
Pager, currently being beta-tested in Manhattan, is a location-based app that connects patients with doctors. People with a non-urgent medical problem can use the app to request a doctor for a phone consultation or house call. Phone consultations cost $50, while a formal house call is $300.
A new map from the WHO cover how much alcohol is consumed per capita for individuals over the age 15 by country based on 2010 data. The United States was in the middle of the pack at 7.5-9.9 liters per person of pure alcohol, with peers including the United Kingdom and Brazil. At the high end: Canada, Australia, Spain and France, in the 10-12.4 liters per person.
Climate Change and Health
The National Climate Assessment report published earlier this month suggests that global warming has likely caused longer and more potent allergy seasons, perhaps connected to a rise in asthma diagnoses in the past decade as well as water eyes and sneezing. U.S. News offers up some maps to show the changes over time.