GIS Health News Weekly: Australia and the Flu, GIving Blood, C-Sections in Washington State

Using 3D to Track Flu

Speaking from her base in California, Ms [Lauren] Bennett [Spatial Analysis Product Engineer] said advancements in mapping technology could provide unprecedented insights into how influenza and other disease outbreaks spread in Australia and who is most at risk.

“For example, in the case of an influenza epidemic, we can now create 3D temporal maps of incidents to identify hot spots where the time of the outbreak provides the third dimension,” said Ms Bennett.

This is from a press release (though you'd not know it since it looks like a bylined article) from Esri Australia.

Where are the Blood Donors in Vancouver?

The Vancouver Sun has the answer (map at right):

Map shows the share of the population in each Metro Vancouver neighbourhood who donated blood in the past year. Large blue icons indicate the location of permanent blood clinics. Blue dots are temporary clinics. Click on a neighbourhood for more details.

United Way Using Story Map for Campaign

United Way and the Ad Council, in collaboration with the National Football League, have announced an extension of their successful LIVE UNITED campaign, including a new series of public service ads (PSAs) featuring NFL players promoting health and wellness, and ads showcasing the true outcome of United Way's work in local communities. The new campaign also includes an online interactive map that illustrates local impact stories from United Ways around the country.

The press release calls it a story map; it's built on Google Maps.


C-Sections Vary by Geography in Washington State: Why?

KUOW examined rates at hospitals throughout the state and found that the rates vary dramatically, from 6 percent at Othello Community Hospital in eastern Washington to 41.8 percent at Whidbey Island General. On average, about one-quarter of first-time, low-risk moms get C-sections.

Doctors and nurses at hospitals throughout the state gave many reasons for the variability: Older patients and an increase in fertility treatments around Seattle, rise of obesity statewide, low rates of vaginal births after C-section, fear of being sued.

But many say another reason prevails: hospital culture.

There's a map with red and green dots and no legend.

Pacific Region Epidemic and Emerging Disease Map

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has just launched a new web-based interactive map showing current epidemic and emerging disease alerts in the Pacific region.

Deputy Director of SPC’s Public Health Division Dr Yvan Souarès said this new website has been developed to keep health professionals better informed and ensure they are better prepared to help protect the health of Pacific and international communities from epidemic and emerging diseases like chikungunya.

I see Leaflet in the code; I think the map is home grown. I quite like it.

Location-based App for Vets to Find One Another Once Back Home

[Marine Jake] Wood teamed up with Anthony Allman to create a free iPhone app dubbed Position Report, or POS REP for short, that aims to prevent vets from feeling alone and without resources.

It uses GPS but only provides by default, rough location sharing for vets looking for companionship and support in their area. The idea is that finding and interacting with peers can help vets avoid loneliness, depression and other post-war challenges that impact health.

Published Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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