The use of geographical information system in health sector

Aggelos Mechili, Stelios Zimeras, Konstantina Al-Fantel, Marianna Diomidous

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The provision of health care has undergone radical changes during the last years. Geography plays an important role in understanding the dynamics of health, as well as the reasons why a disease is spreading. In general, a Geographic Information System (GIS) is based on the same principals with a traditional relational database. The main idea behind this study is the methodological approach as far as the implementation of a real-time electronic healthcare record is concerned, for the descriptive statistical analysis that uses geographical information to identify spatial data related to accidents. The purpose of developing such a health care record is to record the patients who were injured in accidents. The database that will be used for the development of the EHR is based on Microsoft Office 2007, which is considered to be one of the best tools for developing databases. The main table of the database includes the fields with demographics, ie name, surname, age, sex, address and place of birth. The primary key of the table Demographics is Patient-ID. The demographics from the table are connected to the table Admission with a relationship type one-to-many. The combination of these features in a graphic representation can be used to display the health problems on the map, so that the proper health policies can be applied. The results of the monitoring could be used as pilot instructions for spatial epidemiological analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegrating Information Technology and Management for Quality of Care
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781614994220
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 10 Jul 201413 Jul 2014


Other12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014


  • Accidents
  • Electronic health record
  • Geographic Information System
  • Health sector
  • Pseudo-GIS


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