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Mapping NYC Abortions and other Health GIS News

While not strictly a medical type map, the 41 Percent NYC map of the last 10 years of abortions in the city is revealing. The map plays the data from 2000 to 2009.

- LifeNews

There is an imbalance between the rapid growth of cardiac catheterization laboratories, which provide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, relative to the growth in the overall U.S. population, as well as patients who experience an acute heart attack, or ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), according to a study presented March 25 at the 61st annual American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific session.

In this study, the researchers compared changes in U.S. PCI capacity and access during the last eight years. Using geospatial and statistical analyses of data from the American Hospital Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau, they analyzed PCI capacity relative to population density and STEMI prevalence.

...Thus, the study authors reported that PCI growth is most rapid in the east, where capacity is already sufficient and the lowest in the west where PCI capacity remains the lowest. "Efficient and equitable STEMI systems require geographical balance, which highlights a need for changes in both policy and protocols at regional levels," they wrote.

- press release

One of Nigeria’s telecommunications companies, Etisalat has partnered with Esri to deploy Android based GIS apps to map polio risk areas and tracking of routes covered by Polio immunization teams during vaccinations in the country.

The app taps ArcGIS server, with data from the device's GPS. "Uploaded server information are used for map creation (risk mapping) and generation of automated reports, which can show the distribution of risk, success, activities, findings, and plans, for polio teams, program managers, donors, and other stakeholders." Funding is from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

- press release  [I let Esri know that Esri is mis-expanded in the press release.]

Published Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg


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