Tuesday, February 14, 2012

GIS Technology Plays Important Role to Map Disease and Health Trends



GIS Technology Plays Important Role to Map Disease and Health Trends

AURORA, Colo. – February 14, 2012 – Thanks to the advancements in geographic information systems (GIS) technologies and mapping applications like ArcGIS, health organizations worldwide are mapping disease and sickness trends in an effort to treat them locally and globally.

GIS tools and ArcGIS mapping applications play an important role in developing data-driven solutions that help health organizations visualize, analyze, interpret and present complex geo-location data.

The World Health Organization maintains an updated influenza map that shows Asia and Africa are at greater risk the spread of flu. Other organizations such as Health-mapping.com keep up-to-the-minute data-filled maps that cover water and health, influenza and malaria.

One map keeps water-related infectious diseases in the WHO European Region, focusing on the visualization of pan-European and worldwide water-related disease data that comes from centralized information system for infectious diseases (CISID) database. The map covers HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, Tuberculosis, Diphtheria and several other diseases.

Then there’s HealthMap.org, which was founded in 2006 to use online sources to help with disease outbreak monitoring.

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