Health: Improving the health of others

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:




Health and wellbeing

Local authorities are now responsible for improving the health of our communities. 

The government has an ambitious vision to help people live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives, and to improve the health of the most vulnerable.

That’s why, in January 2013, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and Duncan Selbie, the CEO of Public Health England, wrote a joint letter to all local authorities letting them know their role in this vision.


GIS: A dashboard for ‘Priority Outcomes’

All healthcare analysts, meanwhile, will be familiar with the government’s new ‘priority outcomes’. For the first time, priority outcomes will include conditions such as smoking and drug abuse. Creating dashboards to communicate progress of these important community metrics is made easy with tools such as Critigen’s Health Dashboard.  It’s powerful visualisations means that actionable insights can be readily communicated to key stakeholders and the public.





GIS: empowering the new breed of health and wellbeing analysts

The changes are very significant, allowing health analysts to influence wider social services policies. Because GIS is often embedded in other departments like housing, education and planning, there is a significant opportunity for GIS to join up end-to-end delivery.


Using GIS to better target resources

An example of how a Public Health observatory used GIS for deprivation analysis in order to better target resources.