Last week, we shared how experts can use GIS data to identify public health problems. However, data only makes a difference if it provides actionable information. GIS data can help health officials make rapid decisions during emergencies, or to course-correct quickly if a program or strategy is not producing the desired result. Spatial analysis is a powerful tool helping government agencies protect and improve their constituents’ quality of life. Below are some examples of how experts currently use GIS data to take action to solve problems and optimize public health.
Determine When and Where to Intervene
During a public health crisis, public health departments can continually upload real-time local data into their GIS platform for a clear, map-based view of the overall situation. Once imported, this information can then be easily shared between departments to develop specific strategies for directing needed resources.
Develop Data-Backed Budgets
Massive amounts of information can be reviewed and analyzed using a GIS platform to develop more reliable, data-driven budgeting strategies. Location data gives officials insights into where resources were sent, whether they helped, if there was waste, or if there is an area requiring more resources.
Maintain Individual Confidentiality
Privacy is paramount when it comes to individual health. Using GIS data and mapping to display and analyze public health data is an effective way to communicate critical health information without compromising personal privacy.
Ensure Access To Necessary Services
Oftentimes, the most vulnerable populations and the services available to them can become overlooked. For example, food deserts can exist in seemingly well-situated communities, and the inability to easily access fresh, healthy food could result in higher rates of heart disease and obesity. Mapping amenities such as grocery stores and overlaying public health information can help expose this sort of problem.
Prepare for the Future
A major benefit of managing and tracking data using a GIS platform is that you can analyze and monitor how datasets change over a period of time. This allows government health agencies to review the effectiveness of tactics and strategies used in the past to determine how to be prepared for similar situations in the future. Change over time can also illustrate the effectiveness of existing services. If the services provided are generating the desired effect, and can quickly assess and deploy a new approach if necessary.
Communicate with the Community
A strong platform should offer a portal that allows government agencies to easily share important information with their community in a timely manner. This includes urgent information, such as alerting the public when there’s an outbreak of foodborne illness and helping them locate needed health services, as well as general education.
The public health sector is increasingly turning toward using GIS data because this data provides the ability to gather, monitor and analyze information spatially in order to understand and reveal relationships, patterns, and trends. Through the delivery of market-leading workflow, data and GIS capabilities, LightBox enables the success of over 100,000 CRE brokers and investors, 1,100 banks and lenders, 2,000 appraisal firms, 5,000 environmental consulting and engineering firms as well as thousands of home builders, land developers, government agencies, and energy companies. Contact us today to learn how LightBox can enable your success.