Advancing Health Services Through Geographic Technology


As a part of the biomedical informatics seminar series, the GIS coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services,
Wesley Kortuem, spoke at Arizona State University addressing the benefits of using geographic information systems in health services.

The lecture emphasizes the functions of GIS that have shaped the way in which health services research and target areas of health risks including disease and other health hazards:

  • High health risk interactive rate maps
  • Visualization of spatial data

“Rate maps are interactive maps which provide health service professionals with information that can be used to plot areas that are at high risk for health hazards and the facilities in those areas capable of providing aid.  Hospitals use this information in strategic planning to develop services for their unique communities.

One of the most useful functions of GIS is the ability to render information in a virtual 3-D space.  “We want to begin mapping the spread of disease within buildings like schools and hospitals.  However, even this is just the beginning.  In this age of google maps and iphones almost any spatial problem is solvable with GIS and emerging technologies,” said Kortuem.”

For more information, click here to see the full article available on ASU’s website.

Sources and information taken directly from:

ASU News [science & tech]
http://asunews.asu.edu/20100414_healthserviceslecture

Gretchen Grajo, VERTICES intern

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