MAPH – Mapping and Analysis System for Public Health information

 

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Based on GeoERP technology, MAPH is used by public health organizations mainly as an aid tool for making national scale decisions concerning the population health. MAPH provides public health organizations with the means needed for fast and easy data collection from various sources and field crews. From the collected information, MAPH generates customized reports concerning disease surveillance and analysis. Those reports are also visually represented over interactive maps and satellite images. Using the generated reports, organization can gain a larger and clearer picture of an apparent problem and plan effective instant interventions or perform preventative procedures, for example in cases of epidemic spread.

MAPH main goal is to provide decision makers within health organizations with a definitive and unbiased depiction of the current status and thus assisting them in reaching a well-informed decision concerning the public health.

The use of GIS in Public-Health Applications

GIS becomes a rapidly emerging field in public health by adding to the medical information the cartography, spatial analysis and data management capabilities. MAPH, which includes the medical information in conjunction with GIS capabilities, make it possible for public health professionals to visualize population health problems within the context of available social services, demographic factors and changes in environmental variables.

Use of GIS technology provides the following considerable benefits when implemented into applications intended for Public health organizations.

Evaluation and Estimation – by supporting environmental public health tracking (EPHT), MAPH provides a platform that analyzes environmental exposure data alongside health outcomes data. Information can be easily collected by using mobile devices during the time health inspections are being performed by field crews. The information collected is digitally recorded and includes the location data that can be viewed on the GIS map.

Strategies, policies, and regulations – MAPH links the medical information with environmental, socio-demographic, administrative, and healthcare services infrastructure to provide a clear picture of what has changed or evolved over time. This picture can assist decision makers to better understand community issues when it comes to setting new goals, apply policy rules and regulations, or even evaluate outcomes.

Credibility and understanding – MAPH provides the ability to collect data from various sources and using advanced management tools can help organizations in creating effective workflows, tracking decision implementation progress, and improve communication and sharing of information both internally and externally to the public. Health status can be constantly monitored and evaluated to provide health officials with a better understanding and valuation of the multiple factors that contribute to human health and disease.

Emergencies and outbreaks – when it comes to public health emergencies such as bioterrorist attacks or infectious disease outbreaks MAPH provides the complete overhaul operational picture which public health decision makers can rely on. The information availability in conjunction with the robust GIS capabilities provide officials with the ability to track performance, analyze variety of issues and even collect and update data in real-time from remote mobile devices. Based on information that can be collected using simulation drills, official can study the results and implement better and more efficient resources allocation, improve needs response, and be more proficient in case of a real emergency.

The use of GIS in Public-Health Applications

GIS becomes a rapidly emerging field in public health by adding to the medical information the cartography, spatial analysis and data management capabilities. MAPH, which includes the medical information in conjunction with GIS capabilities, make it possible for public health professionals to visualize population health problems within the context of available social services, demographic factors and changes in environmental variables.