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Geo-medicine new frontier in medical informatics

from InformationWeek

Health IT specialists will soon want to know more about a field called geo-medicine, which combines geographic information system software with clinical databases to provide insights that might improve individual and population health. A GIS application allows users to plug data into electronic maps to find out where particular things are, measure the quantity or density of those things in certain geographical areas, or find out what's inside a particular area or what's nearby. In healthcare, researchers could use this approach to find correlations between health conditions and the geographical areas where patients live. more

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