GIS collaborations often start with a public health or safety threat. What began as New Jersey’s response to the anthrax scare of 2001 has developed into Hippocrates, a Web-based situational awareness tool shared by the state’s public health community. Although Hippocrates includes features such as automated e-mail messaging, GIS is at its heart.Hippocrates fuses fixed geographic data elements with dynamic data that brings maps to life. Health-specific layers include the locations of long-term care facilities and a module for mapping chemical facilities. Users can also see real-time displays of weather and traffic and the movements of ambulances via Global Positioning System devices mounted on the vehicles. Because Hippocrates is Web-based it is easy to connect all components of the state’s health system and its partners in the state emergency operations center and at the federal level.
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Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC