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Study Confirms Benefit of GPS for Dementia Patients and other Health GIS News

Wednesday, February 6th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

As part of the norwegian research project "Trygge Spor," more than fifty dementia sufferers have been using GPS for periods varying from several weeks to up to a year. The results show that localisation technology helps achieve an increased sense of security, freedom and quality of life, both for sufferers and their next of kin.

- press release

Nigeria, Pakistan and Afganistan have yet to erradicate polio. Geography and recordkeeping are a challenge, so the Gates Foundation is pilotng GPS use. In its annual letter Gates wrote:

To help address this, the program is piloting the use of phones equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) application for the vaccinators to carry. Tracks are downloaded from the phone to a laptop at the end of the day so managers can see the route the vaccinators followed and compare it to the route they were assigned. This helps ensure that areas that were missed can be revisited so children are not left unprotected from polio.

Voice of Russia

New technology helps doctors link a patient’s location to illness and treatment is the name of WaPo's coverage of geomedicine. It addresses asthma inhalers with GPS embedded, Bill Davenhall's heart attack and the resulting Esri app, Loma Linda's efforts, social networks to better understand socieity impacts on health and more.

- Washington Post

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