Geospatial Efforts Often Rely on a Single Go-Getter

Carl Kinkade, geospatial information system specialist at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, uses GIS technology in a variety of ways at the federal agency. Asked about the uneven adoption of GIS in the health industry, he asserts that it boils down to a lack of leadership at local health systems. Even state health departments rarely use the technology to full capacity--in an integrated fashion across multiple departments. “Success often comes down to one person,” he says. “Is there a go-getter? If a group really shines, it’s often one person driving it.”

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