Article: HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Geospatial, Open Data

HSR.health’s GIS platform helps target COVID-19 resources

Resolution of the COVID-19 crisis has come down to how quickly governments can vaccinate individuals before more contagious variants of the virus evolve and spread. One platform playing a critical role in helping health care organizations win that race is a geographic information system (GIS) platform created by Health Solutions Research (HSR.health) and accessed as a cloud service.

The GeoHealth Platform HSR.health developed combines social determinants of health with social media data and estimated health care costs to surface potential hot spots. Created prior to the pandemic, the platform relies on a Health Risk Index model created using geospatial mapping software from Esri and open source Geoserver software for sharing geospatial data, HSR.health CEO Ajay Gupta told VentureBeat. “We wanted to track social determinants of health,” he said.

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Article: Moab Free Health Clinic And Governor Spencer Cox Aim To Address Health Inequalities In The State

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Moab Free Health Clinic And Governor Spencer Cox Aim To Address Health Inequalities In The State

The Moab Free Health Clinic is an unassuming building nestled between a corner store and a thrift shop on Moab’s west side of town. Hundreds of uninsured and underinsured rural Utahans’ pass through its doors each year.

Kolby Williams is the clinic’s community navigation coordinator. Williams said the clinic is on track to serve a record number of patients in 2021, and they’re now looking beyond the doctor’s office to do more for public health.

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Article: A global internet supervising organ is needed under auspices of UN

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Governance, Open Source, Standards

A global internet supervising organ is needed under auspices of UN

The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the significance of global coordination. As the agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has played an indispensable role in coordinating global efforts in the fight against the disease.

The pandemic has made the world realized that the digital space built on the internet has become a major living space of mankind which also awaits an international coordination agency – like the WHO for public health – to deal with issues like digital divide, cyber-attack and disinformation.

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Article: Open Science Prize goes to software tool for tracking viral outbreaks

Cures, Drugs, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Open Science Prize goes to software tool for tracking viral outbreaks

After three rounds of competition — one of which involved a public vote — a software tool developed by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Basel to track Zika, Ebola and other viral disease outbreaks in real time has won the first-ever international Open Science Prize.

Fred Hutch evolutionary biologist Dr. Trevor Bedford and physicist and computational biologist Dr. Richard Neher of the Biozentum Center for Molecular Life Studies in Basel, Switzerland, designed a prototype called nextstrain to analyze and track genetic mutations during the Ebola and Zika outbreaks. Using the platform Bedford and Neher built, anyone can download the source code from the public-access code-sharing site GitHub, run genetic sequencing data for the outbreak they are following through the pipeline and build a web page showing a phylogenetic tree, or genetic history of the outbreak, in a few minutes, Bedford said.

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