Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

Image The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There’s a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called “Introduction” which explains the point: This interactive map visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. The Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has been tracking news reports on these outbreaks since the fall of 2008. This project aims to promote awareness of a global health problem that is easily preventable. Read the full article here. Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Feeling Sick? Map Your Sickness!!

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If you are wondering about disease trend around the world, you should check out GermTrax.com. GermTrax.com tracks the spread of sickness and disease. The website currently holds record of 387495 sicknesses at 386905 locations. Visitors can easily view and study this information through a health map. This interactive health map shows various reported sickness in different color. Users can view the report date and comment by clicking any of the circles or set a date range to view sickness that occurred during specific time period.

Visit the website and check out the map here.

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Massachusetts Health Map

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Is half your child’s grade out with stomach flu?

Are chills and fever rampaging through your office?

We tend to rely on word of mouth to find out important community health news, but now there’s another way. The wbur’s CommonHealth introduced the Massachusetts HealthMap, a disease-tracking tool overseen by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston with input from public health trackers, the media and you. Have three of your neighbors reported rabid bats lately? Post it here. Or check your town for trouble spots. HealthMap tracks public health outbreaks around the world — and now from our neighborhoods. It gathers reports from official sources, including the Department of Public Health, and the media, and updates them hourly. Reports from the public are curated and updated once a day.

*Keep tabs on what’s happening around you, health-wise, and help others do the same!!

Read the original article and check out the map here.

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada received the State of Nevada’s Silver ACE Award!

 

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The Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada (HCM) is a collaborative project between the Community Health Alliance (a combination of HAWC and the former Saint Mary’s Outreach Programs), University of Nevada Reno, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. This website houses current data on population health status and health care utilization at the zip code level in Washoe County. The HCM website also provides information and resources for individuals and organizations working to improve the health and well-being of residents living in Washoe County, including a Community Health Needs Assessment undertaken by Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The Healthy Community Map of Northern Nevada was developed by the HCM Project Team with the input of a broad-based community advisory board and through the generous support of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Visit the website here and check out the map here

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

The Grenada eHealth Map

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Ministry of Health in government of Grenada created an eHealthMap that displays the location of medical stations throughout the islands. Viewers can easily spot a location of any medical station in Grenada. General information such as Address, Hours of Operation, and Contact Info can be seen by clicking on a preferred medical station.

Get more information and check out the maps here.

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

 

Interactive Map of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

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The map, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, presents the annual results of the Patient Reported Outcome Measures program. This interactive map displays the patient’s opinion on the level of health benefit that they gain from four common NHS operations under different providers. Patients complete PROMs questionnaires about their health before and following surgery. One of several scoring systems used , called the EQ-5D index score, applies across all procedures, capturing different health aspects such as mobility, pain and depression. HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “I am very pleased that the HSCIC is able to offer the public a new tool to make data more accessible on these key operations which thousands of patients undergo each year. “By making our published data available in a variety of formats for patients, care users, the public, clinicians, policymakers and others the HSCIC can play a powerful role in improving health and social care outcomes.”

Read the original article here and check out the map here

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Weather and Snow Plow Needs, Mapped by the Public

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While the entire State of New Jersey was preparing for yet another snowstorm expected to hit on Wednesday night, two men were putting together an innovative solution for efficiently gathering storm-related data from the public.

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Justin Auciello (Jersey Shore Hurricane News) and Dr. Wansoo Im (Vertices) have created crowdsourced maps where anyone can post snow plowing status and weather condition of their neighborhood on ‘MapplerK’ smartphone app. In a matter of minutes, people’s reports including pictures started popping up all over the map of New Jersey in realtime. It is quickly becoming possible to spot which parts of towns were hit the hardest, and which are in need of plowing.

“The Plow Map is all about public accountability,” said Justin Auciello, the founder of Jersey Shore Hurricane News (JSHN). “Of course, the users are encouraged to wait a reasonable amount of time before reporting plowing needs, but this is a new way to keep the officials on their toes and get the job done.”

On Thursday, a new map (JSHN Power Outage Map) was launched for the purpose of collecting power outage data, as many parts of the nation have been had their lights out since the beginning of current snowstorm. 

“Community Participatory Mapping is a great method of how people can share location based information and communicate effectively,” said Dr. Im, a community participatory mapping expert who had also created Hurricane Sandy Gas Station Map in 2012, which allowed storm-struck locals to track gas availability on their smartphones. He had also created NYRestroom map in 2006.

Share links —

Snow Plow: http://mappler.net/jshnplow/

Weather: http://mappler.net/jshnweather/

Power Outage: http://mappler.net/jshnpower/

Jin Lee, Intern, gis@vertices.com