One of the most innovative areas of combining datasets in healthcare is the melding of health-related administrative and clinical data with other sources such as census and demographic data via geographic information systems, or GIS technology.

While the use of GIS in healthcare is not entirely new, more granular data and the ability to combine different sources, such as photo diary data with geo-mapping platforms, is extending the ability of both public health officials and health system planners to better tailor their services to their patients and communities.

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