GIS can be a useful and inexpensive tool for health data analysis

A new study in Indonesia by Rohan Fisher and Brownwyn Myers “aimed to test the appropriateness of new, inexpensive, and simple GIS tools in poorly resourced areas of a developing country” for use in medical issues. The study’s software trialed was open source. From their findings and after training, they concluded: “We demonstrated that GIS can be a useful and inexpensive tool for the decentralisation of health data analysis to low resource settings through the use of free and simple software, locally relevant training materials and by providing data collection tools to ensure data reliability.”

Full report (pdf)

To see the abstract, click here.

Source: International Journal of Health Geographics

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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