GIS Health News Weekly: Tackling US Super Users, Smoking Visibility in NZ, Growing Marijuana in Canada
Tackling Health Services Super Users with GIS
Speaking at the State Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore on April 2, Mike Powell, chief innovation officer of Maryland, said the state spends a lot of money on people who are hospitalized for conditions that could have been prevented.To curb those costs, Powell said Maryland uses data gathered by the state health information exchange and GIS tools from ESRI to help health system, Medicaid and public health officials identify trends and better target their limited resources.
This interactive map shows where the 12 licensed manufacturers are located. Many of the addresses here are P.O. box numbers provided to Health Canada, and they may not be the actual location of a marijuana grow-op.
I'm watching with interest as we move to medical marijuana here in Massachusetts.
Landscape Ecology Methods Used to Tackle Public Smoking
Researchers at the University of Otago say they’ve mapped the “visibility of smoking” on the streets of Wellington, observing some 2,600 townspeople in their native environments — outdoor bars and cafes. Sixteen percent of those drinking and dining al fresco, visible to scientists creeping along a nearby footpath, were seen smoking cigarettes in research vaguely reminiscent of Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees.
The idea is to document visibility and explore its relationship to continued smoking in the country. US and Canadian bans on smoking, along with limited visibility of it on US TV seems to be impacting smoking rates in those countries.
Measles Travels to Canada
The Globe and Mail offers a story map of the spread of measles to Canada. The maps are based on Google's maps.
Measles in Washington State
How to Transport Patients
University of Cincinnati research is offering hospitals and trauma centers a unique, accurate and scientific approach to making decisions about transporting critical-care patients by air or by ambulance.
A presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Tampa, presents early findings that show GIS is a valuable tool to estimate transport times to trauma centers.