“Geo-medicine” Improving Public Health

“Geo-medicine” combines geographic information system (GIS) software with clinical databases. The resulting maps have been proven useful in providing insights that might improve individual and population health by revealing hidden disease patterns.

In healthcare, this approach is useful in finding correlations between health conditions and the geographical areas where patients live. For example, GIS maps can correlate health conditions and environmental factors in the areas where patients grew up in comparison to where they currently live to gain a better understanding of the implications of those varying environments on human health.

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Lisa MacCarrigan, Research Assistant, Vertices, gis@vertices.com

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