Mapping Health Problems in HealthCyberMap and Identifying Information Needs and Gaps

In addition to mapping health-related Web resources, an opportunity exists to map health problems and relate them to available information resources. This can be of great help to healthcare policy makers, planners and managers (helping them make informed decisions). Moreover, any existing knowledge gaps in current Web resources can be identified and health information needs can be efficiently and effectively determined and addressed. For example, we might identify a lack of/ a need for adequate Web resources presenting patient education material on a particular health problem. Health and healthcare information providers can then develop any required Web resources or modify existing ones in the light of this information (on current medical information needs and gaps on the Web).

Resources

Read our paper titled "Health Geomatics: An Enabling Suite of Technologies in Health and Healthcare" in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Academic Press (MN Kamel Boulos et al; [Medline/PubMed])

Read our paper titled "Towards evidence-based, GIS-driven national spatial health information infrastructure and surveillance services in the United Kingdom" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos; [Medline/PubMed])

Read our paper titled "Is NHS dentistry in crisis? 'Traffic light' maps of dentists' distribution in England and Wales" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos and GP Phillipps; [Medline/PubMed])

Read our paper titled "Web GIS in practice: an interactive geographical interface to English Primary Care Trust performance ratings for 2003 and 2004" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos; [Medline/PubMed]; Companion interactive Web maps)

Read our paper titled "Web GIS in practice II: interactive SVG maps of diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases by Primary Care Trust in London, 1997 2003" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos et al; [Medline/PubMed]; Companion interactive Web maps)

Read our paper titled "Web GIS in practice III: creating a simple interactive map of England's Strategic Health Authorities using Google Maps API, Google Earth KML, and MSN Virtual Earth Map Control" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos; [Medline/PubMed]; Companion interactive Web maps: Google Maps API version, Google Earth KML version, and MSN Virtual Earth Map Control version)

Read our paper/tutorial titled "Web GIS in practice IV: publishing your health maps and connecting to remote WMS sources using the Open Source UMN MapServer and DM Solutions MapLab" in the International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central (MN Kamel Boulos and K Honda; [Medline/PubMed])

PowerPoint: Geographic Informatics in Health (MN Kamel Boulos)

CDC Geographic Analysis Tool for Health & Environmental Research (GATHER)

http://health-geomatics.co.nr/




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