GIS Health News Weekly: CDC Staffer to Join URISA Hall of Fame, AEDs, Open Data on Ebola
CDC Geographer/Statistician to Join URISA GIS Hall of Fame
Potomac's Charles M. Croner, Ph.D. is a geographer and survey statistician extraordinaire — a U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leader who will be inducted into the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's (URISA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame in New Orleans this September for significant and original contributions to his profession.
Croner's list of accomplishments include a number of "firsts." At CDC, he served as the founding editor of the bimonthly digAEital newsletter Public Health GIS News and Information. This pioneering 1994-2006 publication established the CDC as the lead agency for the timely dissemination of GIS and public health-related developments worldwide. Croner also provided leadership as the first Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) representative to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) where he "served with distinction" having guided HHS to member-status. In addition, he created CDC's first GIS Awareness Week, a Cartography and CIS Guest Lecture Series, the Public Health GIS Users Group and the Internet GIS Guest Lecture Series.
Housing for Seniors Not Keeping Pace with Need in U.S.
America’s older population is experiencing unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released todayby Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. According to “Housing America’s Older Adults — Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population,” the number of people in the United States aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 133 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000 (click to view interactive map). But housing that is affordable, physically accessible, well-located, and coordinated with supports and services is in too-short supply.
A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was presented at ESC [European Society of Cardiology] Congress today by Dr Benjamin Dahan from France. According to the predictive method, Paris needs 350 AEDs located in public places for optimal prevention of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
Health Data Management Selects CIO Visionary of the Year - A GIS User
Brian Jacobs, M.D. is CIO/CMIO at Children's National Health System, Washington, D.C. Among the reason for his selection?
During the past six years, Jacobs also has championed the use of geographic information systems, which overlay data and maps to geographically visualize clusters of concerns.
He tackled childhood obesity with the tool.
Tom Koch a medical geographer, ethicist, and the author of a number of publication on the history of medicine and disease explains in a piece on the University of Chicago Press blog how humans have helped diseases like ebola to flourish.
Four factors promote the viral and bacterial evolution that results in pandemic diseases and their spread. First, there is the deforestation and man-made ecological changes that upset natural habitats, forcing microbes to seek new homes. Second, urbanization brings people together in dense fields of habitation that become the microbe’s new hosts—when those people live in poverty, the field is even better. Third, trade provides travelers to carry microbes, one way or another, to new places. And, fourth and finally, war always promotes the spread of disease among folk who are poor and stressed.
Can Your State Keep Children Safe in an Emergency?
International charity and child's rights organization, Save the Children, has created an interactive map to promote awareness of the lack of safety measures in place for U.S. children during a crisis.
The satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating is based on four criteria:, the state having
A plan for evacuating children in child care.
A plan for reuniting families after a disaster.
A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs.
A multi-hazard plan for all K-12 schools.
Open Data Repository for Ebola Data
Increasing access to humanitarian information is one of the key principles of the Open Humanitarian Initiative. The Open Humanitarian Data Repository contains a comprehensive repository of openly available data for the Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa.
ESRI [sic] Among Top Infection Disease Surveillance Software Providers
That's the word according to this press release from Black Book:
The top ranked Infection Control and Surveillance software vendor across large inpatient settings and achieving highest satisfaction scores in 11 of 18 key performance indicators is Xerox Midas Plus. Hospitals under 150 beds ranked CareFusion MedMined as the top performer for small and rural facilities.
Other top ranked vendors include: 3M, Atlas Development Corporation, CareFusion MedMined, Cerner Corporation, CKM Healthcare, EpiQuest, ESRI, Hospira TheraDoc, ICNet International, Intersystems, KPMD Infection Control, Pharmacy OneSource, Premier SafetySurveillor, RL Solutions, System Services Inc., Truven Health, Vecna Quality Compass/The Advisory Board, VigiLanz Corporation, and Wolters Kluwer.