GIS Health News Weekly: MDMI, Toilets, Gas Leak Data

Medical and Environmental Data Mashup Infrastructure

The Medical and Environmental Data Mashup Infrastructure (MEDMI) project is one of the initiatives doing this [integrating disparate data]. We’re hoping to enable research into the links between climate, weather, environment and health. By bringing databases from each of these areas together and allowing access through one web-based portal, we’re aiming to create a shared resource for medical, environmental, and public health researchers.

Integration of these datasets can enable early warning systems as we learn more about connections of factors in driving health outcomes.

Disease Risk Atlas

A new online map of England and Wales allows people to enter their postcode and find their community's risk of developing 14 conditions, such as heart disease and lung cancer. The data comes from a 25 year study.

Toilet Behavior Data

While there are a lot of jokes, I have to believe there's value in this data for medical researchers.

Quantified Toilets - Capturing toilet behaviour for real-time data and health analysis 


Sharing Gas Leak Data for Public Safety

An NBC investigation in New York is prompting Con Edison, the gas company, to share data about known but the company considers minor gas leaks.

"We want to allay any public concerns and will develop ways to make information about leak locations easily available to the public," he [company spokesman] said.
Con Ed maintains an internal gas information system (GIS) with specific data about severity and locations of leaks, however New York's Public Service Commission does not require utilities to share that information.
Recently, Massachusetts passed laws that such data must be shared.
Air Pollution Grades for State from American Lung Association
The State of the Air report has data but alas no maps. The press release has several lists. It turns out half of Americans live with unhealthy air. Last year at least there was this map.
Map Shows Two Americas when it Comes to Health Care
The map below from the Commonwealth Fund shows the stark divide. States with the worst overall health care systems -- as measured by factors like the number of insured adults and children, avoidable emergency room visits and access to affordable care -- are dark blue. States with better health-care systems are white.
There's a definite pattern. There are few more maps in the HuffPo article.

Published Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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