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 

Census Buerau Migration

Census Bueru Migration

The US Census Bureau released a map last week showing the movement of people within the country. About 16.8 million moved into a  different county within a year in the U.S. in the years between 2007 and 2011. The most common county-to-county moves were from Los Angeles to San Bernardino, Calif. and Los Angeles to Orange, Calif. (an estimated 40,764). The rest of the top 20 flows of movers also consisted of people moving between counties in the Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, New York and Baltimore metro areas

Read the full article and see the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Environmental Indicators and Respiratory Health Trends

Respiratory Health

Over at Mappler, we created a map showing environmental indicators and trends in respiratory health such as lunch care mortality. The map also includes PM 2.5 data measuring particulate pollution. Particulate pollution especially microscopic solids or liquid droplets have been linked with serious health problems since they can get deep into the lungs and cause damage. Studies have linked particulate pollution with outcomes such as

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • nonfatal heart attacks
  • irregular heartbeat
  • aggravated asthma
  • decreased lung function
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

More data is being added to the map such as ambulatory care sensitive conditions, children in poverty and smoking data from the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Check out the map here. Interested in doing a similar project? Check out our site for more information.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Other sources: http://www.epa.gov/pm/health.html 

Mapping the Measure of America

Measure of America

Measure of America is a project by the Social Science Research Council using the American Human Development Index, an alternative to GDP and other money metrics that measure how ordinary Americans are faring. The Index is comprised of health, education, and income indicators and allows for well-being rankings of the 50 states, 435 congressional districts, county groups within states, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups.

The sit is pretty easy-to-use but also provides methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in the United States.

For more information, check out Measure of America.

Interested in a mapping project, why don’t you give Mappler a try?

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Aetna Foundation to Give $1.2 Million For Digital Health Innovations

Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is giving $1.2 million in grants in part of a larger $4 million, three year digital health commitment to support the use of digital health technology among vulnerable and minority populations. The grants will be awarded to 23 organizations across 13 states, including health care organizations, regional hospitals and grassroots interventions all focused on easy-to-use ways to leverage existing technology to impact health. The deadline for call to paper is March 1, 2014.

Read more about the grant here.

Interested in applying? Why don’t you try a mapping project and use Mappler?

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com