GIS Health News Weekly: Hospital Campus Nav, App Winners, Pain Management

Hospital Navigation

Miami Children’s Hospital is on the cutting edge when it comes to mobility solutions, and is the first hospital in the world to offer a GPS navigation app to guide visitors through its campus.

Actually, the app which launched in June of last year, uses both GPS and Wi-Fi for navigation. it's part of a partnership with Cisco that enables a BYOD polity at the facility.

Health Datapalooza Hackathon Winners - All Geo

 Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the winners of the Illinois Public Health Datapalooza App Challenge. Among the winners:

Geography Controls U.S. Response to PTSD

“I call it medical treatment by geography: You can live in the wrong ZIP code to get treatment from your government, even though you’re a veteran and you’ve been wounded,” [Navy veteran with PTSD who’s a co-founder of a Virginia nonprofit group called Patients Out of Time that promotes therapeutic uses of marijuana, Al] Byrne said.

What does he mean? "... the Veterans Affairs Department allows patients treated at its facilities to use medical marijuana so long as it’s legal in the states where they live."


Sahara Desert Sand Causing Air Pollution in UK

A spike in air pollution levels in Sheffield was caused by the same dust blowing in across the UK from the Sahara desert, experts say.
Dr Robert Bryant, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Geography, is researching the causes and fears it could happen more often and could impact health.
UF Study Suggests Pain Management Depends on Geography
As part of a national assessment, hospital patients were asked the question: “During this hospital stay, how often was your pain well-controlled?” It turns out that more patients in Louisiana answer this question with “always” than any other state in the country, whereas more patients in the District of Columbia answer it with “never.” Hospitals in the Midwest seem to receive the largest proportion of “always” responses from patients, whereas hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic states, Florida and coastal California seem to have the smallest proportion of “always” responses.
The study out of the University of Florida suggests these regional difference may mean procedures need to be examined. The study appeared in the journal PAIN.

Published Friday, April 4th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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