2009/ ---- The GIS supporting at the management and at decision-making in healthcare.
GIS, Primary Healthcare, ACES, Geocoding
Luís Fonseca, Ana Monteiro, Sara Velho, Mário Almeida, Carlos Sousa
This project emerged on the sequence of the collaboration protocol established between the CHE RG and the Group of Healthcare centres of Espinho Gaia (ACES Espinho/Gaia), celebrated in 2009, under the scope of the research performed on the Project “Risks for public health caused by heat waves and cold spells I the area of Porto” and which propitiated the accomplishment of eight master dissertations in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Planning and Risks, Cities and Land Planning (Luís Fonseca, Mário Almeida, Paula Meireles, Marta Silva, Maria Moreira, Filipe Esteves, Susana Sousa, Vera Silva).
This research line has begun with the elaboration of the first Strategical Diagnosis of the ACES Espinho/Gaia in 2010, whose success has served to consolidate the mutual interest and the platform of necessary confidence for the maintenance of the collaboration until the present moment.
Among the subprojects developed on the scope of this protocol, it highlights, as an example, “The Definition of homogenous areas for the distribution of family nurses for the familiar unit of Nova Via – ACES Espinho/Gaia” and the “Contribute from GIS towards the identification of the biogeophisic and socioeconomic context from people above 64 years of age. Case study: ACES Espinho/Gaia”, which looked forward to demonstrate the effectiveness of Geographic Information Systems as a tool supporting decision making on primary healthcare. Beyond this subproject, the effectiveness of the Geographic Information Systems was demonstrated as a tool to georreference users, the isolated elderly, users with associated pathologies, among other groups. It offers to these health professionals facilitated access to information and, consequently, a better knowledge and comprehension of the location and dimension of the population covered by the healthcare services, its health status and the territory where they operate.