CliFin: A web-based geographical information system for time dependant point of care localization in New Brunswick, Canada

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4018/jhisi.2012100103
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TypeArticle
Journal titleInternational Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics
ISSN1555-3396
Volume7
Issue4
Pages3247; # of pages: 16
SubjectCanada; Clinic Finder (CliFin); New Brunswick; Point of care; Web servers; Database systems; Health; Health care; Health insurance; Hospitals; Public health; Visualization; Websites; Geographic information systems
AbstractOver the past decade, the development of web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for health has grown quite rapidly due to an increased need of data integration and spatial visualization. One GIS growth area in health is the construction of map-based applications that provide information on health care resources. Such applications are typically used as standard tools by public health departments, public health policy and research organizations, hospitals and health insurance organizations to provide public access to health care resources. This paper presents the design and development process of Clinic Finder (CliFin) - an open-access web-based GIS application relying on the Google Maps technology and providing access to a database with point of care facilities across the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. The uniqueness of CliFin consists in the implementation of a time-frame dependent search and results trimming approach, which allows users to identify clinics and hospitals open at any given time. The users are also encouraged to contribute with schedule updates and new point of care information to further develop CliFin's database and its accuracy. The combination of GIS visualization capabilities, database management, user involvement in database update and the time-frame dependence of search results, confers CliFin increased practicality, especially in situations of crisis such as natural disasters. Copyright © 2012, IGI Global.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); Information and Communication Technologies (ICT-TIC)
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NPARC number21269538
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