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Hurricane Sandy Affected Hospitals

Posted by Jason Haley on Oct 30, 2012 3:56:21 PM

There is no doubt that Hurricane Sandy had a disastrous effect on the eastern seaboard, especially the low lying areas of New York City.

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Tags: healthcare news

Healthcare Effect - Hurricane Sandy

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Oct 29, 2012 7:18:21 AM

Hurricane Sandy is projected to hit the New Jersey Coast and maintain hurricane force winds north to Maine.  Due to the late October timing of this storm, it is expected to bring heavy snows inland from Tennessee to Maine.

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Tags: GIS, healthcare news

For Halloween: The Most Feared Question on Schedule H Form 990 Part V Community Health Needs Assessment, Question # 7

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Oct 23, 2012 9:41:20 AM

“Did the hospital facility address all of the needs identified in its most recently conducted Needs Assessment? If “No” explain in Part VI which needs it has not addressed and the reasons why it has not addressed such needs.” 

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Tags: chna, community health

Bad Maps: Apple's Map App and Poor Cartographic Design

Posted by Jason Haley on Oct 2, 2012 12:50:46 PM

Maps have been a hot topic this week with the release of Apple’s iOS6.   Apple pulled the plug on its partnership with Google maps and opted for their proprietary map app. Being a map geek, I had heard about the new Apple Maps for months. How the 3D mapping and turn by turn navigation would not only blow Google out of the water, but establish a strong competitor against Google’s industry standard. The problem is Apple’s maps have been plagued with bugs since release.  3D mapping only works in a few major markets and has been known to warp the landscape when it fails to engage properly. Search results and directions have also been causing trouble. People have reported their simple search results have sent them to the wrong location, and in some cases, into bodies of water.

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Tags: GIS, Mapping

Hospital, Meet Your Community. Community, Meet your Hospital.

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Sep 10, 2012 3:32:26 PM

Some hospitals really know their communities, and some just hope they do.  When was the last time the hospital CEO sat down and had a discussion with the Director of the Health Department concerning the needs of the community?  I’ve worked around many hospital CEOs who have said about health status and improvement, “that’s public health”.   Essentially saying that’s not our job, we take care of sick people.  Immunizations, low birthweight babies, diabetes rates, are all the purview of the health department.

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Tags: chna, community health

How GIS Helps the Future of Healthcare

Posted by Jason Haley on Jun 14, 2012 9:05:32 AM

What: Mapping Healthcare with GIS webinar
When: Wednesday, June 20, 12 noon Central (1 pm EST)
Who: Jason Haley, GIS Manager, Stratasan;  Dr. Devon A. Cancilla, Dean, Business & Technology, American Sentinel University
Webinar Registration Link:

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Tags: GIS, healthcare, webinar

Legends, Titles, Scale Bars, and Sources in Healthcare Mapping

Posted by Jason Haley on May 21, 2012 11:11:08 AM


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Tags: GIS, healthcare mapping

The Health Datapalooza

Posted by The Stratasan Team on May 10, 2012 5:31:04 AM

Stratasan is honored to be a part of this year's The Health Datapalooza event put on by Todd Park and the Community Health Data Initiative. Come check us out June 5-6 in D.C. as we demo the power of healthcare data visualization.

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Healthcare Visualization: Symbology

Posted by Jason Haley on May 8, 2012 2:36:10 PM

This post is the fourth in a five-part series (I. Projection, II. Base Maps, III. Color Selection, IV. Symbology, and V. Legends) which will look at various GIS tools and methodologies utilized by Stratasan.

In this post we will discuss different types and styles of symbologies used in our maps at Stratasan. Symbology is the combination of the color, shape, and size of attributes on a map. It is critically important in polygon, line, and point layers. Symbology is quintessential in making a map readable and in helping the information on the map be interpreted both easily and quickly. The symbology of attribute labels helps the map reader understand what locations are important and which locations are  most significant.  Without proper symbology, a great map can become completely useless.

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Tags: data visualization, GIS, healthcare data

April-May State Data Releases

Posted by The Stratasan Team on May 4, 2012 10:39:04 AM

Welcome back to Stratasan for our April-May edition of The State Data Release map. Many states including Arizona and Nevada are now current through 2011 and on the leading edge of data release. May is also a month with several Federal Data releases from the Center for Medicare Services and the Center for Disease Control. This map has all the states that released data in April and have scheduled releases in May. 

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Tags: health data

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