While other industries have leveraged geospatial data, healthcare has yet to embrace the power of geospatial information systems (GIS) and analytics to improve outcomes, quality, access to care, and lower costs.

Participants at a two-day Geomedicine Summit that kicked off Oct. 13 in Durham, N.C., argue that the technology has reached a tipping point of interest, but major barriers remain. Hosted by the Duke Center for Health Informatics, a goal of the summit—attended by health system executives and researchers—was to inform healthcare leaders to recognize the potential of geospatially-aware health data and to influence electronic health record vendors to develop supporting functionality.

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