Georgia Department of Community Health uses GIS to map health status
The purpose of the Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP) is to provide valid and reliable evidence about the health status of the population of Georgia. Many public and private entities need relevant data at the local level. Spatial display of data can require many resources.
- Requests for health data need to be answered in a timely manner, and be relevant to local information users.
- As required by customers (e.g. District Public Health Directors) to enable local health planning, OHIP created and applied a standardized geocoding process: Data are analyzable by latitude/longitude or any sub-county unit. Such geographical units increase the precision with which health planners can identify spatial trends in health outcomes, and in turn evaluate public health interventions.