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Impact of Geospatial Services in Healthcare

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Technology is spreading its service domain and serving every possible sector now. Technology is making a significant impact on the healthcare sector as well. Technical advancements range from those that improve the comfort of many patients to those that are living their extended lives with the help of technology. Perhaps, the most interesting technology evolution is the geographical location based services with illness, known as GIS or Geographic Information System.

GIS is a sophisticated or simpler form of mapping software that enables users to visually display the input data linked with the designated project and ultimately displaying the data visually enabling users to have a look on the geographical grouping of patient demographic data in a better way to group the patients according to their geographical locations. Moreover, the program enables users with statistical capabilities to answer their “what ifs” in a better way to depict the results that can arise with their direct and indirect changes.

1. Identifying Health Trends

With GIS software, it can be simple to detect the health-related trends in a certain geographical area by for the the healthcare professionals and make it easier for them to thoroughly target healing efforts based on the results generated.

Take the Public Health Program run by the University of Southern California, which makes use if geographic information system and other initiatives for better deployment of the healthcare services including the Cancer Surveillance Program. This program is capable of capturing and assessing demographic information, such as home address, work address, cancer type, data captured by wearable device etc. then it georeferences and maps the data accordingly. Healthcare professionals can then determine the patterns or clusters of any kind of cancer that exists.

2. Tracking Spread of Infectious Disease

GIS technology is not limited to just tracking and monitoring the occurrences of diseases but it has some other powerful aspects too. It can identify the origin of the infection started spreading and can also recognize where it is going to spread next. Maps also play a vital role in management of the chronic disease outbreaks such as measles or Ebola. Not only that, but it can also offer a better understanding of vaccination rates and laws in various countries.

3. Utilizing Personal Tech

GIS is successfully implemented by healthcare professionals to study chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular, disease rising rapidly but with GIS, they might find a way to cure it. Data gathered using IoT equipment or Wearables can reveal a lot about personalized healthcare required by a patient. GIS can offer statistical information for the grouping of the patients depending upon various location-based factors to uncover long-term geographic trends.

4. Improvement in Healthcare Services

Finally, GIS technology can enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of services they offer to the patients. The system can help them recognize the neighborhood in need of immediate healthcare service. Analysis of demographic information can help deciding which area requires what service. For example, a particular area suffering from cancer can really use cancer healthcare facilities.