Breast Cancer Hotspot App and other Health GIS News

GE is hosting a HealthyMagination Challenge to support innovation ideas to fight cancer. One of the competitors proposes a Breast Cancer Geospatial Application.

We propose to utilize the publicly available (e.g. Census, HHS, SEER, etc) and privately available data (e.g. IMS Health’s PharMetrics) to create a “heat map” that is able to aggregate the rate of incidence of breast cancer, by stage at the time of diagnosis. The target is to identify top 15% regions or hot spots where rate of late stage cancer diagnosis is atypically higher than normal. It can be inferred that if earlier diagnosis can be achieved in these regions, then increasing number of patients would be detected at an earlier stage of cancer than current state, thereby improving the overall survival. Thus, recommendations can be made to organizations (government and non-government) to direct the educational/screening program resources to these identified “hot spots”. 

Winners of different types of support will be announced in early 2012.

via @jsteffensson

A Canadian Medical Association Journal editorial says Canadian hospitals should do away with hospital parking fees, arguing they add avoidable stress to patients.

A Google Map shows the variation in parking fees in Eastern Ontario.


The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program. Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more, huge shifts in a vast program long characterized by incremental growth.

The New York Times also includes a map of the distribution of demand by state.

- New York Times

Published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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