In South Carolina, GIS is improving collaboration between systems that don’t talk to each other.
Public health officials are tracking Salmonella infections by using GIS to combine data from two sources. The state has a database of licensed food service facilities and a separate lab database of reported Salmonella cases. Mapping the overlay of the two databases gives officials a place to start to look for a cause. Because information is automatically pulled together, an epidemiologist, for example, with no GIS training can see the locations of Salmonella cases overlaid with licensed food service establishments, census data and street maps. The system has proven to be a simple way to put health data at users’ fingertips.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC