Health: Enabling early diagnosis of chronic conditions
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:
GIS greatly enhances risk stratification by bringing together many different factors beyond medical records, in order to paint a much richer and clearer picture.
This allows GP's to diagnose chronic disease as quickly as possible, reducing future burden on the NHS.
Medical records only show part of each patient's story. Social and environmental factors determined by location are other significant factors that effect the probability of someone developing long term illness.
More accurate risk profiling
National retailers are already using GIS to put customers’ demographic and purchase history data onto the map, in order to target specific offers to individuals. In housing insurance, GIS is already used to identify a specific building’s risk profile, down to a radius of just a few square metres.
Pulling these disparate data sets together and plotting them on a map allows GP's to develop more accurate risk profiles for patients. This enables earlier intervention and preventative treatment. The analysis can also include patient medical records.
Genetics + Lifestyle + Environment = Risk. Click to watch the video