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GIS Technology Helps Eradicate Polio
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weidavidchen
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weidavidchen,
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8/13/2014 | 10:07:24 AM
health GIS
Health GIS will surely become the next focus of GIS research and development. Hospitals and health organizations have tons of electric medical/health data that need be parsed, analyzed, visualized and interpreted. These datasets are either structured or unstructured. Although processing unstructured data is an already difficult task, data visualization and interpretation are even more critical tasks which help us make sense of health information.
In terms of spatial visualization, GIS is the way to go. We used to say over 80% of data in the world have a spatial/geographic component. Now we may say this number is 100%. GIS can scale up the use of location information to the next high level by analyzing almost any type of information from a spatial perspective.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/15/2014 | 9:39:44 AM
Re: A worthy project
@Alison for a while the polio vaccine was delivered orally. I recall having a squirt in my mouth as a kid.  But I thought that doctors found that version not as effective. As far as I know, we've reverted to shots. I'm sure all my kids' vaccines, including the polio one, came in that form. 
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Alison_Diana,
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7/15/2014 | 9:13:19 AM
Re: A worthy project
It truly is exciting to see how WHO and its partners have worked so diligently to eradicate this disease. Bruce said GIS technology evolved almost in sync with WHO's needs: At first, the organization had less need for this type of sophisticated tech because it was primarily working in regions that had well-established health systems that knew where children lived, as well as roads and other infrastructure to reach their populations. That's why it was easier to eradicate polio in areas like North America and the West. 

Also, despite some pockets, most populations were not adverse to the polio vaccinations (I remember getting it via sugar cube, way back when!). In some regions, polio vaccinations are seen as a tool of the West, are viewed with suspicion as infecting (not preventing), and other propoganda. So it's also a question of changing mindsets as well as reaching children.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/14/2014 | 7:37:33 PM
A worthy project
I wish more Silivon Valley statups focused on problems like this, instead of ways to get people to share content so their data can be captured and sold.


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