Creating a global atlas for rheumatic heart disease data in an easily accessible format using graphs, maps and tables


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.

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“How a national not-for-profit company in Australia is using data mapping software to improve community development in remote regions”

Ninti One is a national not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through the application of research, innovation and community development. It works mainly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and associated organisations. We spoke to Associate Professor Slade Lee about Ninti One’s use of data mapping software.

When did you start using InstantAtlas?

Ninti One Limited started using InstantAtlas around two years ago to present information and research that would help interested parties, governments, policy makers, and the public get a better understanding of the issues affecting people in remote Australia.

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How mapping risk factors for Australia’s second biggest cancer killer is helping to raise awareness and encourage local communities to take preventative action

Bowel Cancer Australia

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer and Bowel Cancer Australia is a national charity with a vision to reduce incidence, death and suffering association with bowel cancer through advocacy, awareness, education, support and research. It aims to achieve its vision in a number of ways including the development of community awareness and education programmes to increase knowledge about bowel cancer and encouraging participation in bowel cancer screening for the early detection of bowel cancer. Chief executive Julien Wiggins tells us how interactive mapping is helping to raise awareness and encourage local communities to take preventative action.

What is your project?

One of our main objectives is to develop and provide practical resources to raise awareness of bowel cancer…

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Hertfordshire’s Profiling Approach. We’re here! (Part 2 of a series)

In our last article, we introduced you to our approach of using Profiling as our core data delivery tool, its reception and usage by our users.  In this installment we share what it takes to keep our 700+ datasets in shape, the projects we are working on and the team behind it all.

Instant Atlas is at the core of our Team.  Due to various service rationalisations, we have been gathered centrally with approximately half the team still funded and working for those services, making them subject ‘specialists’…

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Ensuring local information systems give strategic planners high-level insight and at the same time avoid information overload.

local information systems with instantatlas

The text included in this article is a transcript from our recent TalkLIS webcast interview with Tim Healey of Coventry City Council and Jamie Whyte of Trafford Council with Julian Tyndale Biscoe of InstantAtlas. You can also hear this interview by selecting the soundcloud player below.


Hello, and welcome to the fifth in our series of talk LIS interviews. My name is Julian Tyndale-Biscoe. Today I’m joined by Jamie Whyte, data innovation specialist at Trafford Council and Tim Healey, corporate research officer in the Coventry Insight Team at Coventry City Council.

I wondered if I could ask, Tim, you first actually, if you could tell me a little bit about the project that you’ve been working on, your LIS project and what the challenges you faced when you developed the system?


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‘Putting data into action at Vermont Department of Health’


The text included in this article is a transcript from our recent webcast interview with Rich McCoy of Vermont Department of Health and Julian Tyndale Biscoe of InstantAtlas. You can also hear this interview by selecting the sound cloud box option below.


Hello, my name is Julian Tyndale-Biscoe and I’d like to welcome you to the third in our US public health webinar series. Today we are joined by Rich McCoy, Director, Center for Health Statistics at Vermont Department of Health. He is going to tell us about the project he has been working on. We wondered first off Rich if you could tell us why you think it is important to bring data into one place so it can be used as a central resource?


So until very recently our approach, our organizational model, was to leave it up to the staff to maintain their data sets individually and choose which tools they would use, which software packages they would use, for both the analysis and the reporting of these data…

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Mapping health inequalities in cardiovascular disease using mapping software at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland


InstantAtlas is being used by Dr Dan Exeter at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland to map health inequalities. Dan is a senior lecturer in the School of Population Health and his current research focuses on the development of deprivation indices using routine administrative data sources. He explains how InstantAtlas is helping him to create interactive online atlases of cardiovascular disease treatment and outcomes.

What is your project?

I have a background in quantitative health geography and my current research is focussed on geographical variations in health outcomes…

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