JGIS> Vol.6 No.3, June 2014

Using GIS to Plan Specialty Health Services for Veterans: The Example of Acute Stroke Care

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ABSTRACT

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) manages the largest healthcare system under a single management structure in the United States. Providing access to high quality healthcare to the VA’s nearly 9 million enrollees is a mission priority for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the VA that oversees all medical facilities and operations. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools enable analysts to construct data-driven recommendations to policy makers for providing the best and most timely healthcare to those individuals who have honorably served their country. This paper illustrates how GIS is being used by the VHA and provides the example of acute stroke care access for Veterans in one Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) within the VHA.

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Ripley, D. , Litt, E. , Jia, H. , Vogel, W. , Wang, X. , Wilson, L. , Phipps, M. , Harner, J. and Graham, G. (2014) Using GIS to Plan Specialty Health Services for Veterans: The Example of Acute Stroke Care. Journal of Geographic Information System, 6, 177-184. doi: 10.4236/jgis.2014.63018.

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