HSR.health Tapped to Aid Disaster Response Efforts through its GeoHealth Analytic PlatformPosted on
Firm to Leverage its Population Health Expertise to Build a Health SDI supporting Broad Healthcare Applications
Rockville, MD, Friday, June 14, 2019 – HSR.health has been tapped for its health analytic expertise to contribute to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) upcoming Disaster Resilience Pilot. Leveraging its population health experience, HSR.health will identify the data sources needed for emergency response organizations to quickly establish or re-establish the necessary and most critical healthcare service delivery capabilities in the immediately following a disaster declaration.
This effort, funded in large part by the U.S. Federal Geospatial Data Committee (FGDC) and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will enable the appropriate emergency response team members to capture and respond to health data, improving their ability to save lives that may otherwise be lost to the disaster. Specific benefits can include understanding of the health resources/treatments the impacted population is most likely to need as well as identifying a priority order for evacuations – in real-time.
This effort is the first step towards the firm’s goals of building a Health-focused Spatial Data Infrastructure (Health SDI), with the initial application in support of Emergency and Disaster Response efforts.
An SDI is a framework identifying data, metadata, users, and tools involved in flexibly and efficiently using spatial data. It is both the data itself as well as the rules around how the data are stored, processed, used, and by whom, when, and for what purposes. HSR.health’s vision for a Health SDI includes the process for geocoding medical data so it can be merged with spatial data sources, including sensor data, satellite data, and other data sources relevant to specific applications.
In addition to disaster response application, the Health SDI will broadly support healthcare applications, including the tracking and advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for Health and Wellness. “We are excited to work with the OGC in improving disaster response capabilities,” says Ajay K Gupta, HSR.health CEO. “The OGC has the platform to bring global awareness for how geospatial tech can improve diverse domains, including health, and therefore improve lives.”
A Health SDI will simplify and streamline the capture and dissemination of health data globally resulting in improved sharing of healthcare best practices across the world and greatly advance the delivery of healthcare.
The formal Kickoff for the OGC’s Disaster Resilience pilot is on Friday, June 14th at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia, and is scheduled to conclude with a formal public demonstration on September 20th also at the USGS. For more information, please see our recent White Paper or contact Paul A Churchyard at paul@HSR.health, 240-731-0756.
HSR.health is a healthcare data analytic firm built by dedicated clinicians and passionate technologists with a mission to, “…wield technology’s wonders to raise healthcare’s quality and lower its costs” [President Obama’s 1st Inaugural Address]. We leverage our unique and innovate GeoHealth data analytic approach to support health systems, health departments, and insurance companies achieve these goals.
About The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 528 companies, government agencies, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards.