The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has launched a web mapping application designed to help patient advocates and health clinic personnel identify and locate the optimal health clinic for their clients within Kansas City. The application was launched in 2007 to improve access to health care for the underserved population in Greater Kansas City. Anyone can use the service to search for and locate health clinics within a user-defined distance from a reference location (e.g., home address, town, or zip code) or to search by clinic name. The goal of the application was to be simplistic and easy to use.
For more information on this technology, you can read about what Kansas City is doing athttp://www.directionsmag.com/press.releases/index.php?duty=Show&id=23155&trv=1 as well as check out companies such as Vertices, LLC. at www.vertices.com, who are doing revolutionary things with GIS.
Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC