Conference on location importance in medical diagnosis

Speaking at the Healthcare Information and Management System Society AsiaPac11 conference in Melbourne, Esri Global Hospital and Health Specialist Ann Bossard warned of the risks of ignoring ‘place’ in medicine.

Bossard cited a World Health Organisation study which reported that up to 30 percent of morbidity and mortality was a direct result of living or working in and around unhealthy physical and social environments. Bossard says, “Adding a geographical context, using cutting-edge GIS technology, will not only accelerate diagnosis but increase the likelihood that physicians will make treatment recommendations that patients can comply successfully. Ultimately, a rich and accurate history of where a patient has lived and worked is integral to responsible healthcare.”

Also Esri Australia’s Health Specialist Jeremy Pytel stressed the importance for Australia’s healthcare system to leverage GIS technology.

Source: Esri Australia

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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