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 

The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales

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The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is an independent publication produced by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). The atlas provides maps of the geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a small-area scale (census wards) such as malignant melonama, breast cancer, nitrogen dioxide etc. The maps have been developed as a resource for those working in public health and public health policy and for the general public to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental factors and disease and to identify questions for future research. The maps aim to provide baseline information for policy makers and the public on geographic patterns of environmental pollutants and disease and to help in development of hypotheses to understand and explain variability in disease risk that may relate to the environment, lifestyle factors and/or location.

Get more information and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

UK flood warning map: Delivering Up-To-Date Information

The UK Environment Agency provides data from its many nationwide monitoring stations that issue flood warnings and alerts. All of the most recent alerts (within 15 minutes) are displayed on an interactive map, alerting citizens of potential hazards while additionally offering them a custom alert function that sends warnings right to their Facebook accounts if there is a flood warning near home or a place of work.

To learn more about this mapping initiative, check out the full article here.

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