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Health 2.0 Developer Challenge!

Health 2.0 announced this week that it launched its first Health 2.0 Developers World Cup in which teams of developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs worldwide will compete in code-a-thons to build applications and tools that improve healthcare. The winners from each coding competition will face-off in San Francisco at the 6th Annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference for the Developers World Cup title. All finalists will receive free passes to the conference and a travel stipend. The winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize, the opportunity to showcase their winning product on the main stage of the conference, and international visibility as world champions.

For more information, click here.

Information taken directly from: Directions Magazine

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


New Jersey Hospital Mortality Rates

The New Jersey Department of Health rated 72 major hospitals across the state according to the number of deaths per 100 patients for pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure, and mapped the rates on a map.

Source: NJ Spotlight

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


Google Improves Biking Directions

In March 2010 Google introduced biking directions that shares biking directions with cyclists across the U.S and Canada. Since no bike path is the same, now users can differentiate the different types of bike routes that are available. Now a new legend feature can help you understand what the different colors on the bike maps symbolize.

  • Dark green is for dedicated trails and paths
  • Light green is for roads with dedicated lanes
  • Dotted green is for roads that are friendly for cyclists

To see the site, click here.

Source: Google LatLong

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


Clean Up America with Google Maps

Pick Up America’s mission is to pick up trash across the country and, in the process, educate, and encourage a transition toward zero waste. Their homepage features a Google Map showing the route of their clean-up tour, upcoming events, and links to blog posts about events already completed.

Source: Google Maps Mania

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


EPA Releases New Tool on Water Pollution Across the U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a new tool that provides the public with important information about pollutants that are released into their local waterways.  The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant. Developed under President Obama’s transparency initiative, Americans can use this new tool to protect their health and the health of their local communities.

Source: EPA

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


Missouri Health Data

The Missouri Hospital Association launched www.MissouriHealthMatters.com. The site contains quality of care and patient satisfaction data filtered through GIS technology with hospital specific information.

The reports contain the same data as reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with an interface is more user-friendly and locally-focused. It uses ArcGIS Explorer Online.

Source: Columbia Tribune

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


Health gap between north and south in British Columbia

The second edition of the online British Columbia Atlas of Wellness shows that the northerners are more likely to smoke, eat unhealthy food, and die sooner than their counterparts in Vancouver and Victoria.

Source: Times Colonist

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant. sachiye@vertices.com


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