New Digital Health Tech Accelerator Opens Up NHS To Cancer Specialists

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“Artificial Intelligence (AI) has long since left its science fiction roots behind and has become immersed in manufacturing, supply chain, retail, and business. However, one space where it is set to really make a tangible, life-saving impact is in healthcare. Already there are applications in place that are providing essential care to people in underserved or developing areas, improving patient data care and management, and transforming diagnoses and patient care.”

In the UK, the National Healthcare Institute has started the Digitalhealth.London. This is an accelerator program designed to initiate faster technology adoption by utilizing the lastes in startup and SME invention.

“One of the most recent additions to the accelerator program is Trustedoctor, a global digital healthcare platform that makes it easier for cancer patients to access specialist care. DigitalHealth.London will be supporting Trustedoctor in deploying a solution that could help alleviate the complexities that surround ongoing cancer care and support.”

“Using the accelerator, Trustedoctor will connect with NHS stakeholders, industry investors, patients and other healthtech innovators so it can continually adapt its offering to suit what the NHS actually needs. The AI-powered solution opens up a world of oncology specialists to people who have been diagnosed with cancer, are undergoing treatment and who need medical support that they can trust while mitigating some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS when it comes to patient care.”

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-kpmg/2018/07/16/five-skills-auditors-need-to-succeed-today/#398135862356

CDC Stroke Death Rate

This CDC map displays stroke death rates from 2011-2013 in adults ages sixty-five and older. The data is taken from the National Vital Statistics System and the National Center for Health Statistics. This particular map shows all ethnic groups, and if you visit the site you can see other maps that focus on one ethnicity. Go to cdc.gov to see all the maps and to view more information !

 

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all information for this post from cdc.gov. Click here to see the site. Contact gis@vertices.com.

“Mapping America’s Healthcare Disparities”- LA Times

I came across a map on latimes.com that maps America’s healthcare markets and ranks them based on each areas healthcare features and quality. The three feature categories are health insurance, available doctors, and poverty, and the three outcome categories are preventable deaths, avoidable hospitalizations, and recommended care. It is interesting to compare what areas in the US are more prone to poor healthcare quality and which areas seem to be on track.

This is a screenshot of the map that shows the worst to best ranked areas where residents die from preventable deaths
This is a screenshot of the map that shows the worst to best ranked areas where residents die from preventable deaths. (image from latimes.com)

Check out the map and see how your area measures up. Go to latimes.com or click here

MERS Map

Not only does our team at Vertices work with environmental groups, but we also participate in and work with individuals, groups, and organizations, with disaster relief initiatives. Currently we are working with Korean citizens on a map that provides real-time information on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak.

Dr. Im and his team have created www.mersjido.com in order to help organize all of the information on the disease. The map uses Google Map API and our Community Mapping Platform called Mappler, which was created by Dr. Im. This site is based on citizen participatory mapping, which means the public can easily access it and are able to add information. This community map gives the people in Korea a way to view all information on MERS just by accessing the site on their computer or phone.

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www.mersjido.com is being updated by several Korean volunteers, and information is being shared on Facebook consistently. This map is a great example of how citizen participatory mapping can improve disaster management. The ability to visit the site and add/update information by using a web or mobile device, again provides the public a quick and easy way to see and add important information.

Dr. Wansoo Im, who also made NYRestroom.com in 2005, which is based on crowd-sourcing (featured in The New Yorker). Dr. Im and his team also mapped all the available gas stations in the affected US areas during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. His map was used in New York City, and surrounding areas, and by FEMA, Google Crisis Map, and the US Department of Energy during the crisis.

Contact us if you want to use Mappler for your business or project. Visit the MERS site at www.mersjido.com and check out mappler.net for more information on Mappler.

Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Contact gis@vertices.com. Click here to view the Korean MERS Map.

CDC’s Travelers’ Health

Going out of the country and not sure the precautions you should take? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a very helpful and easy to use site that tells you all information regarding health and safety. When you visit the site all you have to do is select your destination and then there are optional tabs you can click for more specific information.

Screen shot 2014-12-30 at 10.06.03 PMOnce you have entered your information, just click GO and the site will give you information on vaccines and medicines, how to stay healthy and safe, a healthy travel package list, travel health notices, and information for after your trip. The CDC site is very helpful so go check it out!

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

CDC Map

Data Layering

On m3.mappler.net/cdcmap/ you will find information from the CDC showing a layered map of six featured categories; Demographic and Socio-Economic based on census, Demographic and Socio-Economic based on county, Mortality Rates per 100,000 people, Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders.

– Demographic and Socio-Economic (data from the census) including:
  • proportion of mobile housing
  • proportion of institutionalized population
  • per capita income
  • proportion of single parent housholds
  • proportion of housing structures with 10 or more units
  • proportion of housing with no vehicle available
  • proportion of population that is umemployes
  • proportion of population under 18
  • proportion of population that speaks English poorly
  • proportion of housing with more people than rooms
  • proportion of population in poverty
  • proportion of population over 65
  • proportions of non-white population

* US counties also have the same subcategories.

This map shows the layering of the proportion of people that are unemployed and the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly
This map shows the layering of the proportion of people that are unemployed and the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly
– Mortality Rates per 100,000 people
  • liver disease mortality rates
  • colon cancer mortality rates
  • transportation accident mortality rates
  • diabetes mellitus mortality rates
  • ischaemic heart disease mortality rates
  • stroke mortality rates
  • lung cancer mortality rates
  • alzheimers  disease mortality rates
  • cerebrovascular disease mortality rates
  • hypertension mortality rates
  • heart disease mortality rates
  • pancreatic cancer mortality rates
  • breast cancer mortality rates
  • self harm mortality rates
  • flu and pneumonia mortality rates
This map shows the layering of Colon Cancer mortality rates, Breast Cancer mortality rates, and Pancreatic Cancer mortality rates
This map shows the layering of Colon Cancer mortality rates, Breast Cancer mortality rates, and Pancreatic Cancer mortality rates

For further information, more layering, and to see the maps on Disease Prevalence Rates, Environmental Data, and Borders, visit the site !

Posted by Eva Gerrits, Intern. Click here to see the site. Contact at gis@vertices.com

Need Help Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act?

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 1.22.38 PMLess than six weeks remain in the first year’s final period of open enrollment. If you live in Northern New Jersey and need help enrolling in the Affordable Care Act, you’re in luck!  Enroll America made an interactive map of North Jersey showing where the most uninsured people reside and where they can get help signing up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, either through the health insurance marketplace or expanded Medicaid.

Read the article here and check out the map and get more information about enrollment here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com