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AAFP Acquires Online Research, Analysis Tool that Helps Planners Develop Programs to Improve Health Outcomes

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Saturday, May 10th 2014
| Leawood, KS
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May 7, 2014, LEAWOOD, Kan. — HealthLandscape(www.healthlandscape.org), an interactive, web-based geospatial tool that combines, analyzes, and displays data sources to improve understanding of the forces that affect access to health services, has been purchased by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

“We’re extremely pleased to have acquired HealthLandscape and to make this resource available to the health planning community,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AAFP. “This is a vital tool for health professionals, policy makers, academic researchers, and planners who are working to improve outcomes through health care policies that affect patients’ access to care, funding for medical education, and the distribution of the primary care physician and health professional workforce.”

HealthLandscape was launched as a collaboration between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, in an effort to visualize health-related data that described areas most likely to benefit from access to community health programs. In 2014, AAFP purchased Interact for Health’s interest in HealthLandscape.

HealthLandscape data sources include regional demographic, economic, health care, and other related community characteristics. The result is a visual depiction of the factors that contribute to a community’s overall access to health care, which can guide decision makers as they plan health care programs for their constituents and stakeholders.  The program has expanded and now has multiple tools, including:

●     Community HealthView, which brings together various sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information in a convenient, central location to help answer questions about and improve health and health care. Community HealthView includes state, county, tract, and ZIP-code level data for the US.  The extensive data library is available in all HealthLandscape sites.

●     Community Data Portals allow communities and organizations to combine their own data with HealthLandscape’s publicly available social, behavioral, economic, and health databases through an easy-to-use online interface. The Medicare Data Portal(www.healthlandscape.org) uses Medicare claims data to calculate utilization measures and total, standardized, and risk-adjusted spending. This portal also incorporates Chronic Condition indicators, including Diabetes, Heart Failure, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

●     Health Care Workforce Mappers, including the GME Outcomes Mapper(www.graham-center.org), the Primary Care Physician Mapper(www.graham-center.org), the MedSchool Mapper(www.medschoolmapper.org), and the Residency Footprinting Mapper, analyze and display the current and historical state of the health care workforce, including graduate medical education outcomes, the distribution of primary care physicians, and the relationship between residency programs and their communities.

●     HealthLandscape tools also explore existing U.S. federally funded health center service areas(www.udsmapper.org), where gaps in the safety net might exist, and which neighborhoods or regions might hold the highest priorities for health center expansion.

●     HealthLandscape also creates Custom Applications. Their team of professionals design and develop analytic and visualization tools(www.healthlandscape.org) to fit the needs of any organization.

Users can request a free online demonstration of HealthLandscape(www.healthlandscape.org) to ensure they can make the best use of HealthLandscape capabilities.

 

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. 

Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website,www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).

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