Planners say create health map of New Zealand

Auckland University and the Counties District Health Board (DNB) are appealing to the health sector nationally to co-operate by providing data for New Zealand’s first health atlas.

And they are serious: Health atlas pioneer Professor Jack Wennberg of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the United States spoke at Auckland University talking about the value of United States atlases.

Wennberg said health atlases map the chances of having certain medical interventions depending on where people lived and the physicians or health providers they used. A health atlas in New Zealand will hopefully allow providers to see the variations in healthcare usage between different areas on maps to deliver lower-cost healthcare, better outcomes, and overall improved population health.

In the United States, the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care found that areas in the US that spend less on and provide less intensive care often get better outcomes.

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Source:
NZ Herald News

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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