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What’s Going on inside the Heart of Cardiac Services?

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Mar 12, 2013 9:24:02 AM

Recently, we performed an analysis for a customer on cardiac services trends.  Based on previous studies, we knew cardiac inpatient services were declining overall.  However, we discovered that inside cardiac services many of the sub-service lines behave quite differently; many declining but some actually increasing.  We analyzed all-payer data from Florida, Texas and California alongside full U.S. Medicare data and discovered a deeper understanding than “inpatient cardiac services are declining.”

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Tags: healthcare service line, service line growth, healthcare trends

The Art (and Science) of Defining Service Areas – Part 2

Posted by The Stratasan Team on Feb 20, 2013 9:37:17 PM

This post is a follow-up case study to illustrate the detail outlined in Part 1 found here.

Case Study – Memorial Hospital, Anytown, USA.  In the last blog post, we covered how to define a service area.  In this post, we will cover a case study demonstrating the pros and cons of different service area definitions focusing on competitor identification.  Below is a case study based on a real hospital and real service areas blinded to protect the innocent.

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Tags: GIS, healthcare service area, service area

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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