Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It campaigns on different issues from calling for reform of the care system to trying to improve the bus route in local communities. Age UK has been exploring what factors make older people more at risk of loneliness and whether people with similar risk levels live near each other. We spoke to research adviser Susan Davidson about the project and how the charity used interactive mapping software to create a map showing risk of loneliness.
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable, treatable form of cardiovascular disease that affects over 32 million people around the world and claims 275,000 lives annually. It affects the world’s poorest, most vulnerable populations and imposes heavy costs on the health systems that can least afford it. If left untreated, RHD can lead to heart valve damage, stroke, heart failure, and death. Treatment of advanced disease requires costly surgery unavailable in many parts of the world.
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 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.
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.
Northern Norway Regional Health Authority is one of four regional health authorities in Norway and covers the counties of Finnmark, Nordland and Troms. It owns four health trusts: Finnmark Hospital Trust, University Hospital of North Norway, Nordland Hospital Trust, Helgeland Hospital Trust that operate the hospitals as well as 19 pharmacies. We spoke toFrank Olsen about mapping software and how it was used to create the Norway health atlas.
How did you find out about InstantAtlas?
A colleague of mine had used InstantAtlas mapping software to create a health atlas for north Norway. We were tasked with creating an atlas for the whole of Norway similar to the Right Care NHS atlas.