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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Health and Human Services Dashboard and other Health GIS News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched of the Health System Measurement Project, an extensive performance dashboard that provides data on about 50 U.S. health system measures, in an accessible, data-driven interactive experience. The breakthrough site, which is powered by the Socrata Data Experience Cloud, is publicly available at

- press release

A team of researchers argue in Populati that while GIS and GPS are most helpful during the exporation of human disease, the detailed population basedmaps are not yet good enough.

This expansion [of GIS/GPS use] has, however, not been matched by advancements in the development of spatial datasets of human population distribution that accompany disease maps or spatial models.Where risks are heterogeneous across population groups or space or dependent on transmission between individuals, spatial data on human population distributions and demographic structures are required to estimate infectious disease risks, burdens, and dynamics. The disease impact in terms of morbidity, mortality, and speed of spread varies substantially with demographic profiles, so that identifying the most exposed or affected populations becomes a key aspect of planning and targeting interventions.

- 7th Space

Tracking weekly state-level sales data for eight of their over-the counter-products (ranging from anti-nausea to blister remedies), Help created the site ‘What’s Wrong, U.S.?’ that shows the most common ailment affecting a state’s population.

The company, Help, new to me, makes remedies for all these ills which are sold at Walgreens and Target. I'm curious the size of its user base used in the maps.


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