Responding to COVID-19 through our partnership with Esri – Get Live Maps, Data and Resources
Health

Rethinking Health Mapping with Rich Visualizations

Blue Raster is pleased to announce the release of the new version of HealthLandscape, an interactive web-based mapping tool for healthcare providers, advocates, researchers, and policy makers.  HealthLandscape Version 3, which was launched in October, enhances the power of this award-winning GIS application, which allows healthcare professionals to combine, analyze, and display health information in ways that promote understanding, improve outcomes, and reduce cost of healthcare.  In July 2011, HealthLandscape and UDS Mapper took first place in the Web-Based GIS Application category at the Esri International User Conference’s User Software Applications Fair.

Blue Raster upgraded HealthLandscape from a legacy server system (ArcIMS) to ArcGIS Server and Flex API to provide users with more dynamic applications and greater functionality.  Most notably, HealthLandscape’s anthology of health-related tools can now be combined, enabling the user to use them all in one mapping viewer.  Users can turn tools on and off depending on their data needs and display layers from multiple tools on the map at the same time.

The new version also makes it easier for healthcare professionals and advocates to combine their own data with existing health maps and public sources of health, socio-economic and environmental information.  Using the new QuickGeocodes tool, users can upload data from Excel spreadsheets to create instant health maps.  They can also use the new QuickThemes tool to upload state, county or zip code-level data to create thematic maps that show how health information varies from region to region.

Visit HealthLandscape and see for yourself how it conveniently brings together and communicates critical health information and trends with compelling custom maps.

MEASURE DHS Releases New Website, STATcompiler

The new MEASURE DHS website (www.measuredhs.com) and STATcompiler (www.statcompiler.com) were launched today, introducing the global community to new ways of visualizing Demographic and Health Surveys data. New features of the website include an interactive map of countries and surveys, an enhanced publications library, and more information on survey methodology.  The new, more user-friendly STATcompiler features customized tables, as well as charts, maps, and scatter plots.

STATcompiler has always allowed users to create custom tables, comparing survey results across countries and over time. Now users can visualize these data through interactive column charts, line graphs, maps, and scatter plots.  Users can select indicators and countries of interest, add background characteristics such as age, education, and wealth, and instantly see in a chart what is hard to discern in a table. These images are exportable for use in papers and presentations.  Data tables have also been enhanced, allowing users to sort data and customize their view.

The MEASURE DHS web tools allow for the sharing of Demographic and Health Surveys data from 90 countries and over 260 surveys.  Data are made available through free publications, datasets, and online data visualization tools. The website also provides background information on the survey process and methodology, contextual information on health and demographic topics, and summary data on countries and topics of interest.

Blue Raster collaborated with ICF Macro to build this application using ArcGIS Server, Flex API, ColdFusion, and CommonSpot.  The MEASURE Demographic and Health Surveys Project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

UDS Mapper

Blue Raster is proud to have contributed to the development of the UDS Mapper for HRSA, (Health Resources and Services Administration) part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This web mapping application is developed using Adobe Flex and ESRI ArcGIS Server and is deployed on the Amazon Cloud (EC2).  Its assists with the decision-making process regarding grants for Section-330 federally-funded community health centers.  The UDS Mapper provides information previously unavailable to the public at the local level by allowing analysis of under-served populations across a dozen themes.   HealthLandscape, Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the American Academy of Family Physicians are among the partners in this multi-year project.
UDS Mapper

Footprint Map of Medical School Graduates

This year we launched an online data explorer tool for health care professionals and policy makers, called the Med School Mapper. The goal of this tool is to map the reach (or footprint) of medical school programs and graduates.

Med School Mapper

The Med School Mapper dramatically reduces the effort and time needed to identify communities that depend on a program’s or state’s graduates the most. It includes a footprint map showing which counties a state’s or school’s graduates are serving and how intensely. The map also shows:

  • if graduates are caring for underserved communities
  • whether graduates are practicing in rural communities
  • which areas of care they are focused on

This information is used by state policymakers to direct expansion funding for medical school programs. The tool was built using ArcGIS Server and Flex APIView the tool today, and see how it is capturing the impact of local and regional medical schools.

HealthLandscape

Blue Raster has partnered with HealthLandscape to design an interactive web atlas that allows health professionals, policy makers, academic researchers and planners to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote understanding and improvement of healthcare.  This gives health practitioners the tools they need to create simple, effective displays of their neighborhoods, communities, and regions. HealthLandscape allows organizations to reveal relationships through:

  • Distribution Mapping of point data, such as patient concentrations around clinic locations, polluted water sources, or high poverty areas
  • Service Area Mapping, analyzing population data against known encounter information to define underserved areas
  • Market Penetration Mapping, revealing the proportion of people visiting a specific site from nearby areas calculating penetration rates.

For more information regarding HealthLandscape please visit http://www.healthlandscape.org/.

healthLandscapeSmall


Page 7 of 8