The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) is the central administrative body in Bavaria for food safety, health, veterinary as well as industrial and product safety. Its role is to record and evaluate health risks for the population, inform consumers and protect them from being misled or deceived, undertake applied research focused in cooperation with manufacturers, universities and government agencies. It also supports the official control of foodstuffs, the public health service, the official veterinary and occupational safety and health administration in Bavaria.
The South West Strategic Clinical Network works in partnership with health and care commissioners (including local government) as well as providers and voluntary sector organisations to make improvements for patients, carers, the public and their families. The South West Maternity and Children’s Strategic Clinical Network brings together providers, commissioners and Public Health England via its Maternity Working Group.
The network has recently developed the South West Maternity Dashboard. This provides an insight into the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies across the south west, enabling the identification of variation, highlighting best practice and helping to drive the improvement of outcomes…
The National Assembly for Wales is a democratically elected body which represents the interests of Wales and its people. As well as making laws it also holds the Welsh Government to account. One of its most important roles is to examine what the government does, asking detailed questions about its actions and policies.
The Research Service provides expert and impartial research and information to support Assembly Members and committees in their work. To help them do this effectively, the Research Service wanted to provide a self-service programme which would enable Members and their support staff to access statistics about their particular area by constituency. We spoke to Sam Jones from the Assembly Research Service about the importance of the programme and how InstantAtlas software was used.
The Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (Aragon Health Sciences Institute) is responsible for research and knowledge management in Biomedicine and Health Sciences for the public health system in Aragon. Its purpose is to help drive innovation and improvement in health services through knowledge management.
Which project initially sparked your interest in data visualization?
We were working on an atlas of variation in medical practice in the national health system based on the academic work behind the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Our aim was to map unwarranted variation in medical practice.
With global warming high on the international political agenda, mapping software has for the first time been used to reveal the state of health of the global population of snowmen. The new atlas shows how global warming has had an impact on numbers and population health.
According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, average temperatures have climbed 0.8 degree Celsius around the world since 1880, much of this in recent decades. The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. 2014 ranks as the warmest on record and the Arctic is feeling the effects the most. Average temperatures in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia have risen at twice the global average, according to the multinational Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report compiled between 2000 and 2004.
A Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the InstantAtlas team.
The Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada School of Medicine collects a range of data covering population, poverty, health, workforce, and access to health for the 17 counties in the state. The data has been previously published in seven editions of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book. The Data Book now has an online version with the Nevada Instant Atlas using online mapping software. We spoke to Tabor Griswold, PhD, health services research analyst, about the new atlas and making population health data more accessible to the public.
How did you find out about InstantAtlas?
I attended the Esri International User’s Conference and saw a presentation by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on its atlas. I have been collecting health data since 2004 and it has been a long-held objective to create an online version. However, the cost of and or programming a website was more involvement than I wanted and InstantAtlas seemed like a reasonably-priced solution.
The 2015 Catalan elections were seen by politicians as a tipping point in the future of Catalonia with 76 per cent of Catalonia’s 5.5 million voters going to the polls which was a record–breaking turnout.
After the votes were counted 62 seats in the Catalan parliament were won by Junts pel Si the main pro-independence party. Together with 10 seats won by a smaller nationalist party won pro-independence parties are now the biggest political force. The separatists say the victory means they have the backing of the people to form an independent Catalan state.
The election results were collected and presented as a dashboard by Esri Spain using InstantAtlas Dashboard Builder. Huffington Post ran an article highlighting the election map which were used to build a detailed picture of the results as they came in.
Find out more about InstantAtlas and election reporting here.