Pilot Testing Online Mapping Systems for Health Provider Analysis and Response
Alrighty. The project has started to take shape over the past few days, and it has become clear that there is a bit of mapping work to do in order to streamline the information flow between health providers and patients. To start, the region of Jasola has different road systems if you look at google and bing, and doesn’t really exist on Open Street Map. Google is actually pretty good…. though I think a team will be going through and checking on the roads with GPS units this coming week. We can then compare Googlemaps to OSM and see what looks right.
The reason we need the maps to be right is so that we can work to create an information system that provides up-to-date information on the availability of health clinics in the region to supply services and medicine to those who need it most, and hopefully in a timely fashion. A number of surveys have been conducted in the past on what health centers are currently available, though much of that information doesn’t make it to the child or mother simply due to information sharing problems. As such, we figured it would be great if we could find a way to keep this information regularly updated on a system that all can access.
In order to respond to this need, I’ve been testing some of the cloud-based mapping systems and have found the Instedd Resource Map system (thanks to @neuguy and @techchange for the tip on that one) to be quite helpful in filling this gap, and will be testing it over the coming weeks. See below:
The embedding feature is pretty straightforward, though I’m finding that the information isn’t as thorough as when you’re looking at it within the site itself. I supposed that’s to be expected, though when you click the POIs I think information is supposed to show up on what each clinic has in terms of resources (per my uploaded .csv file….). Also wondering about embedding using the OSM layer as opposed to googlemaps. The last issue is related to what offline component can be used on a tablet when working in clinics that don’t have 2G/3G data or wireless (like how TileMill and Mapbox are complementary systems)…..
Still poking around at this, and open to ideas if any of you mappers out there have recommendations. I explain the project a little more in my previous posting, if you’re looking at this for the first time and have any suggestions.
Here’s the same data visualized on Geocommons, and using the built in embedding code provided.