Health

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/.

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Measure DHS

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected the ICF Macro team, including Blue Raster as a substantial subcontractor, to implement the MEASURE Phase III Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) contract. Blue Raster will update the website and STATcompiler, using ArcGIS Server 9.3.1 and Flex API, to allow widespread access to this data, which will dramatically improve usability and information accessibility.  The mapping application allows users to customize data sets for factors of region, years and household indicator, and then to view the results graphically. This $142 million, five-year contract will serve as the Bureau for Global Health’s primary demographic and health data collection effort. For more information on Measure DHS please visit http://www.measuredhs.com.

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Costs of Anti-retroviral Therapy – Interactive Flex Application

Blue Raster is pleased to announce a partnership with Avenir Health, which is dedicated to assisting developing countries design and implement public health and social programs.  For a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Avenir Health required an interactive application that would provide users with information regarding the Costs of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) globally, and would predict changes over the long term based on user-defined variables.  Blue Raster applied models for long-range planning, and created an interactive Adobe Flex application which was developed using Xcelsius. The new application allows users to set goals, strategies, and objectives while providing feedback on different outcomes.  Centered on five questions related to the future commitment to anti-retroviral treatment in the developing world, the application is a powerful tool for those looking to understand the positive consequences of rapid scale-up of treatment. For more information regarding the Future ART Costs application, visit avenirhealth.org/PolicyTools/FC/.


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