GIS Mapping Software for Health Care
Maptitude is a robust and easy-to-use professional health care mapping tool. Maptitude provides all the features that your organization requires in order to take advantage of the geographic elements underpinning successful health care networks and medical services provision.
Maptitude costs only US$695 and is packaged as a one-stop-solution, shipping with all the tools and data required to allow hospital groups, managed care organizations, employer groups, and third party administrators (TPAs) to better operate in the competitive environment for delivering health care.
The dynamics of health and health care provision vary substantially across regions, and Maptitude allows you to map these differences in population density, age distribution, disease prevalence, race, ethnicity, poverty and the ability to access care (Figure 1). Maptitude includes the geocoding and geographic information system (GIS) tools that are critical in linking patient and population locations to local demographics to explore these relationships.
Maptitude is widely used to conduct research in the health care sector and in the fields of public health, disease mapping, and epidemiology. Maps help to visualize health care information and enhance the understanding of the health care landscape. Maptitude mapping software enables users to find data about hospitals, health workers, at risk populations, and more:
- Map specific health variables (Figure 2)
- Understand the overall health and morbidity of a population
- Look for clustering or locally elevated risks (Figure 3)
- Analyze health care coverage to identify gaps or inefficiencies
- Examine patterns of health care utilization and/or access to care
- Match a network of health care specialists and providers to the needs of the population
- Offer members, patients and others "provider-locator" applications to help locate and select health care providers (Maptitude for the Web)
- Choose optimal locations for new hospitals, outpatient clinics, or offices
- Deliver in-home medical services more efficiently
Mapping Doctor, Patient, and Provider Locations
Maptitude makes it easy to use maps to analyze and understand the locations of doctors and patients, and can help explore the best location for a new clinic or office. Maptitude is a powerful combination of mapping software and geographic data that provides everything that you need to make informed decisions. Maptitude can help answer questions such as “Where Are My Patients?”, while the Maptitude for the Web application can provide a browser-based portal to allow the public to find their doctor, find the closest doctor, and to find the right doctor for their needs.
In addition to the latest demographics, Maptitude includes substantial social, housing, and income data, along with easy-to-use analysis tools that will allow you to better understand the relationships between the demand and supply of medical services. (See Figure 1)
For example, the Maptitude USA Data Package (other countries…) includes comprehensive hospital listing locations, and the number of health care and social assistance employees and establishments for every ZIP Code in the country. These data provide a complete framework for exploring care provider locations.
As costs of delivering health care continue to rise, providers and administrators must do all they can to maximize efficiency and minimize waste. With Maptitude’s location-based data and tools, health care planners can select optimal sites to best serve patient populations, achieve equitable service provision, and maximize access to health care.
Managed Care Network Territories
Maptitude can help to reduce unnecessary health care related costs and supports location-based decisions for health care services, network expansion, regulatory reporting and risk management.
Maptitude is used in the assessment of unmet health needs which provide a basis for addressing the requirements of a hospital’s implementation strategies (community benefit plan), ensuring it is aligned with community needs (see an example case study here).
Many health care organizations and pharmaceutical companies use Maptitude for target marketing, management, and territory planning (Figure 4). For example, using the Maptitude GIS, medical supplies and equipment can be visually located and inventoried. Linking the physical location and condition of equipment or supplies in a large facility or distributed medical campus is a powerful management tool.
Maptitude mapping software gives you a suite of tools for defining care network service areas and for address/postal geocoding and validation. Unlike many other mapping and GIS software that require users to purchase data separately, Maptitude includes extensive geographic and demographic data so that you can get started fine-tuning health care networks as soon as you open the box.
Maptitude can be used for health care mapping in many countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and in many additional locations (more data…).
Maptitude starts at only US$695 and is packaged as a one-stop-solution. Maptitude remains the most competitively priced professional health care mapping software available and is unique in the marketplace for the provision of comprehensive data and functionality in a single product for a single low price.
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“Maptitude supports many different GIS formats which are simply not available in other GIS software...[and] has a significantly flatter learning curve than other GIS software. You get a fully functional GIS and extensive data for 1/3 the price of other GIS products.”
Washington State Dept. of Health
“I teach GIS and public health classes at the University of Washington, I have also taught short courses using other GIS software. I have settled on Maptitude for four reasons....READ MORE
1. Analysis. Maptitude allows for the generation of the adjacency matrix that is key to doing any spatial statistical analysis. Maptitude provides for querying the neighbors of an area. You can then produce statistics on the neighbors and the distance between areas.
2. Functionality. Maptitude has extensive functionality including powerful spatial query, database capabilities, 3D mapping, and route selection. Maptitude supports many different GIS formats which are simply not available in other GIS software packages without spending a lot of extra money. You can also utilize external data from the Internet, convert to any projection/coordinate system, and make superb maps.
3. Ease-of-use. Maptitude has a significantly flatter learning curve than other GIS software packages I have worked with. Investigators can come back to Maptitude two weeks later and remember what they need to know to pursue a solution to their problem. GIS is not simple but Caliper seems to be trying to make it as available to ordinary human beings as possible. Maptitude satisfies the casual user, such as a public health practitioner or a spatial statistician, as well as the fully qualified GIS technician.
Investigators who are juggling database programs, statistical packages, the operating system, not to mention the scientific issues of a project, need as little hassle from their GIS as possible. I think Maptitude gets pretty close to this ideal.
4. Cost. You get a fully functional GIS and extensive data for 1/3 the price of other GIS products or your statistical package. Most graphics packages cost more than Maptitude."
FIGURE 1: Analyze populations and their healthcare accessibility.
FIGURE 2: Find geographic patterns in your data.
FIGURE 3: Visualize geographic clusterings and hotspots.
FIGURE 4: Create territories based on drive-time or distance and look for gaps in service.
FIGURE 5: Create maps showing Nth order adjacencies and compute statistics based on level of adjacency.