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Friday, June 13, 2014

GIS Health News Weekly: UK GP Lottery, Montreal Maps, Toe Nails

UK Doctors Not Evenly Distributed

Research carried out by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) showed a stark divide in access to doctors, with people living in the most deprived communities facing the longest waiting times.
There is good news, per Dr Patricia Wilkie, president of the National Association for Patient Participation:
''This year, for the first time, NHS England introduced a deprivation factor into local health budgets to start to redress historic funding issues.''

15 Health Maps of Montreal

Roberto Rocca took some open data (after some discussion) and made some static maps.

I chose 15 of the 26 health indicators in the survey and made thematic maps of them.

The tech? ArcGIS Desktop. No interpretation is offered.
An App to Document the Fight Against Dengue
Pakistan has a challenge with dengue fever. It also has a challenge with corruption. So, how does the government confirm field workers do their job?
To curb the epidemic during the 2012 rainy season, Saif and his team developed an app, loaded it onto more than 1,500 Android smartphones, and handed them out to fieldworkers across different government departments, instructing them to use the phones to upload geotagged photos of their mosquito mitigation efforts.
The images are mapped along with patient and larvae studies. The result? Deaths in Lahore are down. The mapping tech looks to me like Ushahidi.
Call for Papers:  HealthGIS 2014
The Third ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Public Health is set for Nov 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. It's held in conjunction with the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems. The CFP is here. Deadline for submissions: Sept 5. 
Fighting Ebola with Maps
Médecins Sans Frontières reported new cases in the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone earlier this month. SciDevNet offers a podcast with two experts who discuss how satellite technology and open-source mapping can help with such humanitarian work, highlighting successes and challenges. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has provided aid workers with an interactive map to track the disease and news of its spread.
Health Data via Toe Nails
Now an associate professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, Trevor Dummer was part of the Dalhousie University team that helped assemble the world’s largest collection of toenail clippings for the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health project. Turns out toe nails hold lots of information about exposure to pollutants and heavy metals. The database can be used to find a variety correlations, including spatial ones, for further study.
by Adena Schutzberg on 06/13 at 05:07 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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