Healthcare & Social Assistance solutions
Today, Public Health is under more scrutiny than ever, as Covid-19 showed, detailed analysis and strategic planning are essential to combat the health threats that may come in the future.
From assessing graphical links to illness types to attributing resources to patients in a specific area, there are many ways that GIS in public health can have a positive impact on care provision. Here are some examples of the way that GIS in healthcare can be utilized.
Public Health data Visualization
Healthcare provision is a patient-focused industry, which means it is centered around people. The location of these individuals impacts how care is provided for them, and as a result, using GIS by public health organizations can create bespoke visualizations of locations and related demographical and statistical data using map-based systems.
With Geoapify Maps, you can create beautiful data visualizations that deliver clarity for every situation. With extensive detail, analysis becomes easier, while with the Geoapify Geocoding API, you can easily search locations from within the data.
Predictions and Analysis
With analysis of location data, GIS in healthcare offers a wealth of new opportunities to both observe current trends and predict future ones. There are a number of analytical options available, including modeling and simulating disease spread or estimating values for uncovered areas.
With this kind of spatial analysis, public health can more accurately assess current demand and predict future needs, providing the essential short- and medium-term planning for health emergencies such as disease outbreaks.
Analyze Service Accessibility
Ensuring that quality care can be provided to the entire population is critical for healthcare services. Of course, that means understanding where that population is and what their needs are across those locations.
Using GIS, public health organizations can quickly highlight accessibility using Isochrones and Isodistances, pinpointing the time or distance to a facility for prospective patients in multiple locations.
The Geoapify Location Platform includes an Isolines API to calculate Isochrones and Isodistances for various transport modes, including driving, walking, bicycling, etc. This feature set enhances GIS applications in healthcare and streamlines the analysis of accessibility.
Optimize schedules for social services
Social services and healthcare often run in tandem, with doctors and social services professionals visiting several patients every day. Efficiency can save time and money, allowing the doctor or social service worker to see more patients without overloading themselves.
Public health and social service providers can take advantage of route planners that help find the optimal route and overall strategy for dealing with patients across a region. This approach prevents situations where more time is spent on the road than actually helping individuals and is an essential part of the process of delivering efficient and effective care.
The Geoapify Route Planner API offers automated optimization of schedules and routes for multiple workers and can plan effective overall strategies and detailed individual routes that account for varying individual work hours. These varying visit priorities may be needed along with any other variable required for effective planning.
Healthcare is important to us all, and for modern public health organizations, maximizing resources is essential in maintaining effective strategy and controlling costs. We have seen how through GIS, public health can be better organized, more accurately predict disease spread and ensure resources are allocated more effectively.
When it comes to a thorough analysis, public health is always looking to control costs without compromising performance. With the ability to start with Geoapify for Free and upgrade to a paid version later, it is the perfect choice for GIS in healthcare, providing the tools and performance that social service and medical professionals need.