AHRQ Study: Web-Based Mapping Platform Can Identify Areas for Health Insurance Outreach
Web-based mapping tools to visualize and identify geographic areas where patients have low rates of health insurance can enable more effective outreach that can lead to uninsured patients obtaining coverage, a new AHRQ study concludes. It used electronic health records from 52 Oregon health clinics, segmented by ZIP code. Differences in coverage were observed within smaller geographic areas using Web-based mapping tools than would be possible using publicly available data. The visualizations were particularly helpful in identifying areas where the need for outreach might be unexpected. For example, more than 34 percent of patients in one ZIP code were uninsured, despite living in an area with incomes near the national average. The authors concluded that the technology shows potential for broader use in identifying areas of uninsured patients, as well as identifying other health care practice and community needs. “Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Identify Communities in Need of Health Insurance Outreach: An OCHIN Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) Report” and the abstract were published in the November-December issue of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;27(6):804-10. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2014.06.140029.
Using geographic information systems (GIS) to identify communities in need of health insurance outreach: An OCHIN practice-based research network (PBRN) report.
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Electronic Medical Records; Geographic Information Systems; Health Insurance; Practice-based Research
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