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Friday, July 11, 2014

GIS Health News Weekly: HOTOSM, Opioid Prescriptions, Birth Control Laws around the World

Help Create Maps to Fight Ebola in West Africa
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Ebola outbreak is not over in West Africa, nor is @hotosm activation! You can contribute to the map on:  #map4ebola
Wide Variation In Prescription Rates for Opiod Pain Killers by Geography
NPR discusses a map based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of a commercial database of opioid drug prescriptions. Nationwide, there were 82.5 prescriptions written for opioid painkillers for every 100 Americans in 2012. But, it turns out rates are far higher in the U.S. South. Map at right
Maps of Birth Control Policies Around the World
After the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding which companies must provide birth control under U.S. health insurance rules, Slate offers a series of maps about such policies in countries around the world.
Columbus Tackles Mosquitos
Beginning this week, Columbus Public Health will launch three new GIS maps on its Web site at to provide information on spraying areas, locations where mosquitoes test positive for disease, and the number of mosquitoes trapped.  Additionally, 81 permanent locations have been added throughout Columbus and Worthington to trap and test mosquitoes for West Nile. 
I found them. They are indeed built on ArcGIS Server/ArcGIS Online.
Apps Promote Activity
The study by the National University of Ireland found that patients who were prescribed a pedometer app and given daily step-count targets walked an average of 22% more steps a dayafter eight weeks on the programme.
China's Beidu Predicts Disease Spread
Much like Google Trends helps predict flu spread, China's search engine Beidu covers the spread of a handful of diseases based on user queries and input from the country's CDC. Among thediseases trackedinfluence, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sexual transmitted infections. The visualizations are in Chinese.
Duke's EHR + GIS
Information Management details how Sohayla Pruitt, once at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Spadac took on integrating Duke University's electronic health records with GIS. 
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