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Health GIS
Last week we talked about Social Determinants of Health and their integration into primary care practice. This made me reflect on my journey from writing my undergrad research paper on The Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Health as a Health Promotion student to my position now at HealthLandscape. During my time at George Mason University...
Either through past employment stints or through school, I’ve only had the opportunity to attend a stray poster session or a symposium, but never a full-on professional national conference. Ever since I entered the GIS field in graduate school, the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California always seemed so far away, financially and logistically....
In an era of increasing access to big data and healthcare transformation, there is a need for research and tools that help illuminate these data and provide insights into the significant changes that are occurring in the healthcare realm.  Further, it is now clear that place matters to health, and that there is significant geographic...
With apologies to Misters Gilmour, Mason, Waters, and Wright. In 2011, the oldest members of the American Baby Boomer generation crossed into retirement.  By 2060, 98 million people in America, that is one in four, will be 65 or older. As they (we!) age, seniors face a growing list of general ailments, medical complications, therapeutic...
How does ACO Quality Performance vary by savings or losses? Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries that are being touted as potential solutions for the inefficiency and fragmentation of the U.S. healthcare system.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has several...
People often ask me what drew me into a career involving maps.  Of course I took social studies classes in grade school to learn basic geography and I had to study and understand the maps that were parts of history lessons, but I never took a dedicated geography class. It was actually just a serendipitous...
Meetup.com is a social networking website designed for anyone in search of something to do, learn, interact with, and get involved in the community with like-minded people. You can find a meetup in just about any major metropolitan city including Washington, D.C., one of the leading utilizers of the site. You can find anything from...
GIS Day has been celebrated annually on the third Wednesday of November since 1999. Over the past 16 years, it has grown from a small, informal celebration to an international phenomenon, with over 1,000 events taking place around the world. The goal of the celebration is to show off all of the amazing things that...
Looking Inward: How we measure and use Vital Signs ‘Hæmostaticks’ and the History of Blood Pressure In the early years of the 18th century, Stephen Hall began experiments involving horses, brass pipes, and eight foot lengths of glass tubing, that allowed him to measure the force exerted by the horse’s heart with each beat.  These...
Mark Carrozza, Dirctor of HealthLandscape, recently blogged about the idea that “Place Matters,” especially when it comes to health and health care. It was fitting, then, that HealthLandscape had two presentations on the agenda at this year’s Esri Health Conference, which was themed “Making Place Matter.” Our first presentation was an overview of two HealthLandscape...
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