Health: helping to improve public health

The healthcare industry is using GIS to help improve the health of the population. This means that services can be tailored and targeted to community needs and the outcome can be monitored - find out how below:



More informed healthcare choices

To help with transparent decision making, patients are becoming more involved in decisions about their treatment. To help with such decision-making there is a wealth of comparative information available online. Collected by measuring patient experiences, clinical outcomes and patient safety, this information covers a range of factors that may affect the decision. Currently, however, much of this information is buried in tables of data, making it hard for patients and clinicians alike to make informed decisions about treatment provider and treatment options.

Location analysis allows a further level of accuracy and efficiency with targeting health resources and tracking their impact.

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GIS empowers collective analysis

Through GIS technology, anonymous data about patient experiences, clinical outcomes and patient safety can be plotted onto a map, to identify patterns in care services. By putting this map-based data online, patients and their advisers can see at a glance which care options best meet their specific needs.

Transparency: GIS keeps taxpayers informed

Maps enhance citizen engagement and boost transparency. GIS maps, in particular, enable the public to view a range of performance indicators for their local GP, hospital or care providers. They can even use the maps to see exactly how their taxes are being spent on health services.