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One of the objectives of the Argentine Ministry of Health is to assist with the overall planning and coordination of health services through the individual health authorities in each region of the country. This means providing an insight into health needs within different geographical areas.
Rodrigo del Monaco works in the National Health Surveillance department. It has developed an online tool called the National Surveillance Software (SNVS) which is used by health authorities and researchers to understand health needs. Rodrigo says the department wanted to present the data in a more interactive way using mapping software. InstantAtlas was seen as a good fit with the existing online tool.
“A colleague in a Public Health Organization was using it to present data on flu-outbreaks and showed it to the former head of the Surveillance Department. He thought that it would be possible and useful to implement it in Argentina,” he says.
Meeting the need
The department has now created several reports using epidemiological data, disease prevalence rates and data from laboratories. Rodrigo says these are being accessed by National Surveillance System stakeholders who find the presentations useful.
“They like the integrated features and the fact that data is presented in an organised way which is ready to use. The maps have visual impact and this is important when it comes to the spread of infectious diseases,” says Rodrigo.
Rodrigo says the department will continue to use InstantAtlas and there are several modules that are still to be developed using different data sets. “We are planning to add more features and take advantage of the templates,” he says.
Rodrigo says the major benefit is the possibility of having data online, updated with the existing system that doesn’t require maintenance. “All of that side of the development is done for you. In addition, the data is easy to access and we like the visual presentation,” he says.
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