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The interactive Health Atlas of Jalisco (HAJ) was created by the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, funded by a grant from the Council of Science and Technology of the Province of Jalisco. The online atlas helps to improve decisions about healthcare spend, informs the media and the general public by showing the main health indicators of the Province of Jalisco in a series of thematic maps. We spoke to Miguel Ernesto González Castañeda, Doctor of Science in Public Health (Mention Honorifcaen) and Master of Science in the same field from the University of Guadalajara, about the Health Atlas of Jalisco and how it is being used.
How did you find out about InstantAtlas?
I found out about it from a Chilean colleague who had downloaded the trial version. I went to the website and decided we could use it to produce the Health Atlas of Jalisco. Although health data is public information, in order to publish the data there has to be an agreement between the relevant health authorities and the University of Guadalajara.
Could you tell us more about the project?
We had a visit from the Right Care team and decided that we could start off by looking at data on the 12 most common day surgery procedures which we finished in January 2015. This led on to a national assignment to create a health atlas for the whole of Norway. The aim was to use InstantAtlas to show variation in healthcare using hospital admissions data from all the hospitals in Norway.
What kind of data/information are you working with?
The atlas is based on data from the official health database of the Health Ministry of Jalisco (HMJ), and some databases from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (NISGI). It is taken from the years 2010 to 2013.
Can you tell us who uses the atlas?
The atlas allows users to review health indicators such as structure, supplies, processes, and the impact on public health and related sectors in Jalisco. It is freely available and used by healthcare professionals, students, researchers and the general public. One of our main aims is to reduce the number of information requests that the Ministry of Health receives every week. The atlas supports transparency, information sharing, health decision-making, and public policy making. Furthermore, the research team intends to promote research and education in public health.
What are your plans to develop the maps in the future?
We are hoping to expand the range of indicators and add more features to the atlas.
What are the benefits of using InstantAtlas?
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See also -
Argentina's Ministry of Health
Aragon Health Sciences (Spain)
Centre for Food Security & Nutrition State of Veracruz (OBSAN)
INEC (Costa Rica)
The Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP)
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