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:
The power of location in healthcare
In health, Geographic Information System (GIS) is intelligent software used to visualise and analyse data in the context of location and community.
By layering different datasets onto a map, a GIS provides a powerful way to visualise health analytics. It can organise, analyse and report on that data, highlighting patterns, trends and relationships far more quickly and clearly than spreadsheets and tables ever could.
This generates insight that helps organisations to gain actionable insight, optimise processes, reduce costs and boost effectiveness.
How GIS reveals actionable insights through the power of location
GIS works because the vast majority of data contains a location element. By making that location the common denominator, GIS enables seemingly unrelated data sets to be brought together to offer new insight and intelligence. In this way healthcare resources can be tailored to the needs of a community.
Sharing and anonymising patient level data
Within healthcare, GIS offers an alternative and complementary approach to using patient-identifiable data, as it enables information to be aggregated without compromising confidentiality. This makes it easier to share revealed insights across organisations and partnerships. Multiple datasets can be layered in the context of community–patient demographics, environment, population behaviour, disease prevalence, prescription costs, travel time zones, fast food restaurants, parks and medical facilities are just a few examples.
Mobile and real-time GIS
GIS is also mobile. The ArcGIS platform extends to IOS, Android and other mobile devices. It can position and track assets, community workers and even patients. Moreover, it can visualise real time data on population movements captured by cellular and GPS networks. Now, it is possible to check the interaction of communities with their built environment with real world data. By putting location at the heart of it all, the ArcGIS platform supports smarter, more proactive and more cost-effective healthcare services.