Data mapping is more easily presented and understood more than conventional tables. The Federal and State public health agencies now present public health statistics, demographics and disease prevalence in a map format. Data maps are the result of converting fields and tables into a graphic presentation in different formats. Bar graphs, Pie graphs, and more presentations such as shaded areas on maps indicating higher and/or lower incidences of disease, population demographics, and
Most physicians are familiar with these formats, however there are sources to educate professionals how to interpret data by Mapping.
GIS, or Graphic Information Software is readily available from many sources.
gvSIG – gvSIG
ESRI ArcGIS – ArcGIS
GIS is a visiual tool essential for population health studies, and may also be applied to outcome studies by region,or health plans