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Wednesday, January 16th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

The state [Texas] also conducted regional analysis using GIS mapping software to examine the capacity of providers within 30 miles of a Planned Parenthood clinic. According to the report, they found “capacity was especially robust in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Abilene areas,” but that there is greater need in two other areas of the state — San Angelo and Corsicana. 

Planned Parenthood is using the study to argue other providers are not filling in where there are none of the their clinics. Hence, the organization argues, it should be part of the Texas Women’s Health Program.

- Texas Tribune

Esri today [Jan 11] announced that it will provide Phoenix, Arizona-based Intellimed International Corp., a major health care data and analytics company, with updated demographic data for its future health care forecasting and planning projects with hospitals.

The companies are now in a partnership; it's not clear if any money changed hands.

- press release

The MedEvac Foundation International funds research in emergency medical transport. This year's grants total $47,250. One involves GIS. Best I understand it's about comparing GIS modeled times for transport of heart attack victims via ground or helicopter to actual times.

Dr. Thomas has also been awarded support for a second study, entitled HEMS Effectiveness Achieved by Rapid Transport of STEMIs: The CCT CORE HEARTS Study. This project is an extension of a pilot project recently completed and accepted for publication. The pilot project established the methodology of using high-end geographic information software (GIS) to characterize logistics of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients undergoing interfacility transport for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The approach of HEARTS is to use the methods of the preliminary study (which actually examined just one center in Oklahoma) to assess actual and estimated time performances of ground and air EMS interfacility transports of STEMI patients, for primary PCI. For patients who actually go by HEMS, time savings of HEMS will be estimated by comparing actual HEMS times to GIS-estimated ground EMS times. For patients who actually go by ground, actual ground times will be compared to GIS-estimated HEMS times.

- press release

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