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All countries of South and Southeast Asia now on Open Healthcare Access Map

It’s been a little longer than a month since we published the Open Healthcare Access Map. Last week we rolled out all countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. Today all countries of South and Southeast Asia follow. The web application is available … Read More

geoEpi – new DFG research project on spatio-temporal epidemiology of emerging viruses

A couple of viruses are of global interest with respect to human health and well-being. These pathogens include the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, Dengue, Chikungunya, Yellow fever, Zika and Ebola. These viruses show interesting spatio-temporal dynamics. Improved understanding of the driving … Read More

All countries of Sub-Saharan Africa now in Open Healthcare Access Map

Last month we started the Open Healthcare Access Map. Initially, only a few countries were featured. Gradually, more countries and regions are now being added. Today we release all countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. The web application is available here: https://apps.heigit.org/healthcare_access/. … Read More

German Mass Vaccination Sites in Open Healthcare Access Map

Last week we introduced Open Healthcare Access Map. Our new web application for interactively sharing results of accessibility estimates based on OpenStreetMap healthcare facilities and openrouteservice isochrones. A new update now shows motorized accessibility estimates of mass vaccination sites in … Read More

Introducing the Open Healthcare Access Map

Open Healthcare Access Map is a new web application by HeiGIT to provide insights into healthcare supply on different spatial scales for many countries worldwide. The web application is available here: https://apps.heigit.org/healthcare_access/. Please note that this is a prototype and … Read More

Insights into OpenStreetMap healthcare attributes in India over time

Last November, we covered the recent increase of healthcare related objects in OpenStreetMap (OSM) in India. In less than a year, the amount of facilities has increased from 6.956 to 48.101. This is mainly due to an import run by … Read More

Updated OSM Healthcare in Senegal (2020)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) offers many possibilities and holds potential in the area of freely available infrastructure data for the health sector. Nevertheless, it is important to underline that the quality of the information is different in each country, since the mapping … Read More

Accessibility to pharmacies in Germany with 15km Covid-19 restriction

Current lockdown regulations in Germany state that – in many but not all federal states – travel in COVID-19 hotspot regions is only allowed up to 15km distance. This has raised concerns since a 15km radius has been perceived by … Read More

Accessibility of covid-19 vaccination centers in Germany

Vaccination of a sufficiently large share of the population is considered the most important action to fight the spread of SARS-CoV -2 and resulting COVID-19 infections. Germany has started together with the majority of EU member states at the 27th … Read More

New Jupyter Notebook: Analysis of Access to Health Care using openrouteservice Isochrones API

What is the idea behind the Notebook? In the case of an emergency (e.g. floods, earthquakes, political crisis) it is important to know where the health facilities are located. Furthermore, it is important to identify which cities/districts have a reduced … Read More

Recent changes to OpenStreetMap healthcare infrastructure in India

India accounts for nearly 18% of the worlds population. The country is also one of the main carrier of the worlds disease burden. Despite the general increase in life expectancy and decreasing mortality due to communicable diseases and malnutrition in … Read More

GIScience at GeOnG 2020

These days so much is different- also conferences. Carolin Klonner and Marcel Reinmuth attended the GeOnG 2020 virtually. Thanks to the organizers! It worked well and there was great exchange between the participants. The workshop on experiences in defining health … Read More

Mapping physical access to health care for older adults in sub-Saharan Africa and implications for the COVID-19 response: a cross-sectional analysis

New paper published on healthcare access in Sub-Saharan Africa It is almost a year since SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in China. The virus spread all over the world. Countries south of the Sahara did not receive much attention. Although outbreaks here … Read More

Physische Erreichbarkeiten von Krankenhäusern in Subsahara Afrika – Analyse und Ergebnisse bei COVID-19 Symposium vorgestellt

Vom 06. bis zum 08. Juli fand das Online Symposiums “COVID-19 als Zäsur? Geographische Perspektiven auf Räume, Gesellschaften und Technologien in der Pandemie” statt. Teilnehmer aus Geographie, Medizin, Public health und meidizinischer Geographie diskutierten über drei Tage in sechs verschiedenen … Read More

Exploring OSM for healthcare access analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa

Using hospital locations and the ORS Isochrone service, we have created a method for comparing physical access to healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hospital locations were derived from OpenStreetMap and compared against another free available dataset. Results indicate strong similarity in … Read More

Analysing OSM Completeness of health facilities in Sub-Sahara Africa in ohsomeHeX

A new map in ohsomeHeX provides an overview of areas in Sub-Sahara Africa where information on health facilities is still missing in OpenStreetMap (OSM). The completeness of OSM is measured by comparing to a reference dataset on public health facilities … Read More

Invitation to GIScience colloquium talks related to Humanitarian Aid

We are happy to annouce two higly interesting upcomming presentations in the GIScience colloquium in the next weeks. Everybody interested is invited to join the presentations and the discussion afterwards. The use of geoinformatics at the German Red Cross Katharina … Read More

Healthsites and HeiGIT establish partnership

The Global Healthsites Mapping Project (Healthsites) and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology/ GIScience Research Group are happy to announce the now also formal cooperation. Last week, HeiGIT/ GISciences signed the Healthsites Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their strategic … Read More