Welcome to this month’s edition of the InstantAtlas E-Bulletin

In this month’s edition we focus on International Public Health with reports from the US CDC, WHO, Florida Department of Health and the UK National Centre for Health Outcomes Development.

  • 1.1  United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server
  • 1.2  New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports
  • 1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council | Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics
  • 1.4 Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State
  • 1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators
  • 1.6  Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published

2. RESOURCES AND NEWS

  • 2.1  InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualization sites –  (source – Guardian Blog)
  • 2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England
  • 2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar
  • 2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – UK and International event schedule
  • 2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk
  • 2.6 New Section – Recommended Twitter Authors
  • 2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

1. Client Examples


1.1 United States CDC supports Saudi Ministry of Health’s efforts to tackle prevention of influenza H1N1 with InstantAtlas Server

The United States Government through the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Ministry of Health to enhance pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) preparation and control during the 2009 Hajj.

Support was provided by the CDC to the Ministry of Health (MoH), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in developing recommendations for pandemic novel influenza A (H1N1) prevention and control for pilgrims coming to Hajj.

President Obama’s official statement on CDC & Saudi MoH partnership.

Link to White House Press Release

With the application of InstantAtlas Server the CDC built the capacity of the KSA Ministry of Health for infectious disease surveillance and outbreak management capabilities for public health emergency preparedness and response.

1.2 New H1N1 Surveillance Weekly Situation InstantAtlas Update Reports

InstantAtlas has been at the forefront of reporting the outbreak and evolution of the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic in by global, regional and national health organizations.  At the World Health Organization, Weekly Situation Updates are now enhanced with new interactive map timelines to track qualitative pandemic indicators temporally.  Using special URL-parameters, the same report is used to link the user directly into each of the chosen themes : (1) Geographic spread of influenza activity; (2) Trend of respiratory diseases activity compared to the previous week; (3) Intensity of acute respiratory diseases in the population; and (4) Impact on health care services.

1.3 North East Florida Health Planning Council – Using InstantAtlas for Regional Analytics

The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida is proud to introduce an easy-to-use interactive mapping tool for health analysts, grant writers, researchers, statisticians, epidemiologists, data managers and GIS experts to disseminate and compare health indicators and healthcare utilization statistics. InstantAtlas outputs, termed ‘dynamic reports’, are commonly produced to complement static reports to give readers the opportunity to explore the data behind the reports. It also provides a tool for monitoring the performance of health resources and presenting survey results.

Community Snapshot Indicators using InstantAtlas

Modeling one of our Core Values: We believe collaboration is a must at any cost, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida saw an opportunity to connect JCCI’s existing Statewide Community Snapshot Indicators via InstantAtlas with our rich Regional Healthcare Analytics to enhance the interactive mapping experience.

HPC and New Town Health Project on YouTube – click here

This YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11LKojhvpCg) demonstrates how the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida lives and breathes one of our five Core Values: We conduct research with communities, not on or to communities.

SOURCE [http://www.hpcnef.org/ – accessed Dec 22nd, 9.35 GMT]

1.4  Florida Department of Health | New Cancer Incidence Reports for the State

The Bureau of Epidemiology of the Florida Department of Health has just posted its new InstantAtlas interactive Cancer Incidence report.  This presents a  seven-year time-series from 2000-2006 with time animation.  Because of the software’s inbuilt flexibility with customization, the dashboard is able to specifically address and explain the statistical anomaly in a specific county (Union County) to avoid alarm and data misinterpretation by users.  The Department plans to extend the use of InstantAtlas to showcase data for the Florida Diabetes Prevention & Control Program.

1.5 NCHOD National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, UK | Compendium of Clinical & Health Indicators

The National Centre for Health Outcomes Development (NCHOD) is a unique national resource in the UK concerned with all aspects of health outcomes assessment.

Funded by the Information Centre for health and social care, NCHOD produces the online Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base, including the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators. This is an extensive resource used predominantly by local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to help them direct public health resources effectively in their regions, to save lives.

Director of NCHOD, Dr Azim Lakhani is in no doubt that the Compendium combined with InstantAtlas makes a difference to UK health and to saving lives. He said: “Aided by InstantAtlas, what we are now able to do on a much wider scale and much more clearly, is show people where there might be a problem. This allows them to target resources effectively.”

1.6 Society of Epidemiological Cancer Registries in Germany | New Cancer Atlases published

“With this Cancer Atlas, it is now possible for the first time to view and analyse existing cancer data for Germany at the federal states level”, says GEKID Chairman, Prof. Dr. Alexander Katalinic at the University of Lübeck. “We hope that the pubic, the scientific community and policy makers will make use of this tool.”

Built with InstantAtlas desktop software, this report presents rates and case numbers for 23 specific types of tumors and overall cancer incidence.  The data are shown on a map by state as well and in linked seven-year time series graph and bar chart.  Cancer mortality data based on statistics from the Federal Statistics Office is presented in a separate interactive report.

2. Resources and News

2.1 InstantAtlas named in Top 10 UK government data visualisation sites

This month InstantAtlas customer the West Midlands Regional Observatory was listed as one of the top ten UK government data visualisation sites in the online guardian blog (guardian.co.uk).  The report featured shows the proportion of the working age population claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in each local authority in the West Midlands. You can also compare data for each local authority with the West Midlands and UK averages.

2.2 InstantAtlas interactive map used to highlight varying growth in hospital admissions throughout England


Data compiled by healthcare intelligence experts CHKS was used to create an InstantAtlas interactive map showing the growth in hospital admissions for every primary care trust in England. The analysis featured in the Health Service Journal (21st January) and was used to highlight concern over the effective monitoring of hospital admissions which grew on average by 6.0 per cent in the year to March 2009. The interactive map will be of particular use to commissioners who want to better understand growth in admissions and the impact on local populations. Reducing hospital activity is one of the components of healthcare reform and has been given further emphasis in light of likely cuts in NHS budgets.

2.3 NHS Wirral discuss health intelligence across joint health & social care using InstantAtlasPublic Health Webinar

“Learn and discover how NHS Wirral employed InstantAtlas to support its JSNA Initiative and development of health intelligence across joint health & social care.”

On February the 16th @ 10.30 am InstantAtlas hosted a webcast which was presented by our guest speaker Robert Minshall, Public Health Information Specialist of NHS Wirral.

Robert discussed how InstantAtlas has been employed within the organisation and the benefits NHS Wirral have gained in using the application.  Robert also discussed their JSNA initiative for Wirral and presented some examples of its online InstantAtlas 6 reports for their project LHD – The Local Health Directorate.  New multi-geography atlases where also be presented by Robert showing public health indicator reports for NHS Wirral at Ward and Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) levels.

Following Robert’s presentation the InstantAtlas support team ran some short demonstrations on how to create similar InstantAtlas reports to the ones Robert created for NHS Wirral.

This webinar is now freely available to download or stream online – click here to watch the broadcast

2.4 Where to see InstantAtlas in action – upcoming events

  1. North America – 27th Annual Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference – 20TH – 24TH March, San Diego, CA
    Link to the site: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/conference/index.htm
  2. United Kingdom – Laria Annual Conference 2010 – 14th April, The Royal Holloway University, London
    Link to the site: http://www.laria.gov.uk/laria/events/display-event.do?id=679747

2.5 InstantAtlas Customer Reports published on data.gov.uk

Advised by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others, the UK government are opening up data for reuse. Their site data.gov.uk seeks to give a way into the wealth of government data and is under constant development.

InstantAtlas customers have started to present their projects on the new site, see some examples below:

  • Health Maps Wales is an interactive tool that can be used to explore a variety of indicators relating to the health of the Welsh population.
    Maps are embedded within dashboards, and these allow the user to compare indicator values geographically and temporally. Indicators are available at Middle Super Output Area (MSOA), Upper Super Output Area (USOA) and Unitary Authority (UA) level, subject to rules of disclosure and small numbers. From the 25th February 2010, information will also be availble at the level of the seven new NHS Wales Local Health Board areas.
  • National Obesity Observatory –  The NOO e-Atlas is an interactive mapping tool for the analysis of data on the prevalence of obesity and its determinants for local authorities in England. Caroline Ridler, Senior Public Health Intelligence Analyst explains why NOO chose InstantAtlas: “The National Obesity Observatory needs software that is easy to use. The fact that we can use an InstantAtlas template out-of-the box saves us time and helps us to display a lot of complex data in a simple and accessible format”.

2.6 Recommended Twitter Authors of InstantAtlas

As real time communication tools become increasingly popular amongst bloggers and the wider online community, InstantAtlas has created a new section to our blog that highlights some of the best online authors we can find from a wide range of disciplines.
In this month’s edition we recommend three authors and organisations who we feel bring real value to the development of online data mapping and presentation solutions.

This is not a one way street by any means, if you follow any Twitter authors who you think would be of interest to others just let us know, we’ll be happy to add in the next InstantAtlas bulletin.

Follow Endless Cities
Endless Cities | No. of followers 3335 | Profile professional architect – interested in sustainability, digitalisation, web 2.0 and cutting edge relations in between arts, architecture and technology… theory vs. practice

Follow IanWardle
Ian Wardle | No. of followers 594 | CEO Lifeline Project, UK: Exploring social media to focus on inequality and health behaviours. For harm reduction, recovery, human rights and sustainability.

Follow WMRO
West Midlands Regional Observatory | No. of followers 184 | West Midlands Regional Observatory – the source of regional research, facts and figures about England’s West Midlands region since 2002.

2.7 New “How to do…” videos from InstantAtlas

Title | How to create an InstantAtlas report for Community Health | Published 22nd February 2010

John Bartholomew of InstantAtlas presents how easy it is to create a dynamic and interactive IinstantAtlas report using data from the North East Florida Health Planning Council.
Title | Creating InstantAtlas Report for Election Results & using Radar Charts for Community Profiles | Published 22nd February 2010
Learn and discover how to create and InstantAtlas report for Election Mapping and Reporting with Dorothy Graves of the InstantAtlas support team.

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