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Monday, January 27, 2014

Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks and other Health GIS News

The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There's a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called "Introduction" which explains the point: 

This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable.

I'd prefer a more obvious "ABOUT" link on this and many other online maps in 2014. I'd also like to  know when the CFR first published the map.

- via Google Maps Mania

A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) revealed geographic variation in waiting times for U.S. children in need of kidney transplants. The findings, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), 

Researchers found substantial geographic variation in deceased donor kidney waiting times for children across the US, with median waiting time ranging from 2 weeks to 3 years. In some cases, donor service areas with very long pediatric waiting times are right next to areas with very short pediatric waiting times. Differences were not driven by the distribution of organs to other higher priority candidates, but waiting times were affected by the local supply of high quality organs. 

- ASN Blog

Camden, NJ is getting a kind of "health weather map," thanks to a Knight Foundation grant of $450,000 for innovative use of health data.

So over the next few months, the coalition will be bringing in IT specialists fromBlueLabs to build an open source website, featuring shared, understandable health information for Camden derived from anonymous individual health and medical claims data.

"We're picturing this to be a little like the weather report," said [ Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers director Jeffrey] Brenner, a primary care doctor and recent MacArthur genius winner. "The public should know how much they're spending on health care, and how much necessary and unnecessary care is being delivered in Camden."

The plan is for the system to be up and running in six months and then to be shared for minimal cost.

- Newsworks

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 05:20 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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