Health Geoinformatics

In 2009, we partnered with the IU School of Medicine in a multi-year project to expand and develop innovative public-health information tools to improve public health systems infrastructure. We enhanced the Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC), an operational health information exchange (HIE), to include geospatial information and a persistent link to non-clinical, community data from SAVI.

 

What did we do?

  • Developed a geospatial web service to geocode patient and doctor addresses from an HIE
  • Established permanent, updatable linkages between HIE clinical records and geospatial reference files
  • Implemented processes that maintain privacy and security of clinical information

How are the enhanced data used?

  • To improve routing of electronic laboratory reporting to county health agencies
  • To help health practitioners identify community resources for patients
  • To examine the social determinants of health