“How Norway’s first atlas of variation uses mapping software to reveal variation in healthcare”

How Public Health England is using interactive mapping software to present detailed public health data with the 2015 NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England and the NHS Atlas of Variation

Public Health England (PHE), established in April 2013, exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and delivery of specialist public health services.

InstantAtlas is widely used within PHE as it has a enterprise licence and was used for their Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, which has received widespread interest and coverage in the media.

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“Presenting statistical data to a wide range of users across multiple platforms using online mapping software”



How did you first hear about InstantAtlas?

A colleague who is involved in monitoring education for the county found out about InstantAtlas at a meeting and told me about it…

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Using mapping software to improve understanding and awareness of health status within Brantford & Brant County, Ontario.

Brantford and Brant County, Ontario

The Brant Health Atlas is an interactive mapping tool that provides information on the health of residents in the City of Brantford and the County of Brant in Ontario, Canada. Information is available on socio-demographic characteristics and a variety of key health indicators by age, sex and neighbourhood. These health indicators are aligned with core indicators developed by the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO). The tool allows users to view this information on a map, in tables, or graphs. We spoke to Adam Stevens, epidemiologist at the Brant County Health Unit (www.bchu.org), about the mapping tool and the benefits they have seen from using InstantAtlas.

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Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative

Colorado ACE Election Dashboards

Colorado Department of State takes accountability to the next level with an innovative election reporting initiative. Accountability in Colorado Elections (ACE), uses interactive mapping software to produce a series of interactive maps, charts, and tables of Colorado election data by county helping the people of Colorado gain an insight into how their government conducts elections.

Turning a vision into reality

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been the driving force behind a website designed to help the people of Colorado get a better understanding of how their elections are run. Gessler challenged his  team to take publicly available data and put it into a digestible format for everyone to see. The data includes information about the statewide election that takes place each November as well as Primary elections that occur in June in even years. The data is presented in five major topic areas:  types of ballots issued and receipt statistics; county compliance with legal requirements and participation in recommended activities; gross and net elections costs provided by counties; voter registration statistics; and recently added voter turnout by party affiliation.

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Using interactive maps to involve local communities in health and social care service development while informing commissioning decisions



Kent and Medway Public Health Observatory has developed Health and Social Care Maps to give an overview of local healthcare needs and service gaps. The maps pull together information from a range of sources across both health and social care and are helping to involve local communities in health and social care service development while informing commissioning decisions. We spoke to Emily Silcock, Public Health Information Analyst at the Observatory about the interactive maps.

When did you first discover mapping software?

The team first became aware of InstantAtlas when looking at the SEPHO website (now SEKIT) over 5 years ago and had seen the mapping software being used on other health related websites…

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“Specialist health and care information solutions provider Binley’s has been using InstantAtlas in a variety of ways for geographic data mapping”


Consultant Kamal D’Nigel has been using InstantAtlas on over 20 projects for Binley’s and explains how he used the online mapping software to create an atlas that can be used by anyone looking for information on commissioners in the NHS.

What is the NHS atlas you have developed?

The map shows Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Academic Health Science Networks as a double map. This means that anyone looking to see which CCG is responsible for a certain area can find out by simply clicking on a map. We have made data such as population, budget and number of GPs available for each CCG.

How did the project start?

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