Unlike some other major industries, health care incorporates geospatial data only sparingly. But that could change quickly with population health a priority.

When it comes to defining health care data, Brian Jacobs, M.D., takes a broad view. Serving a dual role as CIO/CMIO at Washington, D.C.-based Children’s National Health System, Jacobs has overseen the system’s expansion of EHR technology over the past eight years so it now operates across inpatient departments, ambulatory clinics, and a regional data exchange encompassing 240 independent physicians.

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