Health 2.0 Developer Challenge!

Health 2.0 announced this week that it launched its first Health 2.0 Developers World Cup in which teams of developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs worldwide will compete in code-a-thons to build applications and tools that improve healthcare. The winners from each coding competition will face-off in San Francisco at the 6th Annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference for the Developers World Cup title. All finalists will receive free passes to the conference and a travel stipend. The winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize, the opportunity to showcase their winning product on the main stage of the conference, and international visibility as world champions.

For more information, click here.

Information taken directly from: Directions Magazine

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

New Jersey Hospital Mortality Rates

The New Jersey Department of Health rated 72 major hospitals across the state according to the number of deaths per 100 patients for pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure, and mapped the rates on a map.

Source: NJ Spotlight

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

Google Improves Biking Directions

In March 2010 Google introduced biking directions that shares biking directions with cyclists across the U.S and Canada. Since no bike path is the same, now users can differentiate the different types of bike routes that are available. Now a new legend feature can help you understand what the different colors on the bike maps symbolize.

  • Dark green is for dedicated trails and paths
  • Light green is for roads with dedicated lanes
  • Dotted green is for roads that are friendly for cyclists

To see the site, click here.

Source: Google LatLong

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

EPA Releases New Tool on Water Pollution Across the U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a new tool that provides the public with important information about pollutants that are released into their local waterways.  The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool brings together millions of records and allows for easy searching and mapping of water pollution by local area, watershed, company, industry sector, and pollutant. Developed under President Obama’s transparency initiative, Americans can use this new tool to protect their health and the health of their local communities.

Source: EPA

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

Missouri Health Data

The Missouri Hospital Association launched The site contains quality of care and patient satisfaction data filtered through GIS technology with hospital specific information.

The reports contain the same data as reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with an interface is more user-friendly and locally-focused. It uses ArcGIS Explorer Online.

Source: Columbia Tribune

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

Comparing Maps of Car Travel and Obesity

An article examined visually, through a series of maps, the association between obesity, diabetes, and sedentary transportation.

The authors, Anne Price and Ariel Godwin, conclude, “the relationship between sedentary travel and health outcomes can be misleading when additional contributing factors are not taken into account. While it is not our intent to claim a direct causal link between transportation modes and obesity rates, it is hard to deny the existence of some geographic patterns.”

Source: Planetizen

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.

Harvard provides web platform for data sharing

Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis developed and released WorldMap, a cloud-based open source software platform aimed to make publishing and sharing maps, and other geospatial data easier.

The system is designed to support the research process, allowing information to initially be made private, before being opened to larger groups for refinement, and finally to be published or released to the public.

Source: Harvard

Sachiye Day, VERTICES research assistant.