Access to Health Care and Services

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Access to health care and services—and improving health outcomes—can be impacted by barriers such as social, racial, economic and physical factors. Taking these impediments into consideration assists in matching care from providers, health centers and preventive services to community needs. Location intelligence offers a lens to better understand gaps in accessibility and shows where opportunities to intervene exist. With geographic information system (GIS) technology, you become more population-centric by monitoring and responding to the distinct health care needs of diverse communities. Fuse demographics and location intelligence to better understand what the community needs and where you can best meet those needs.

Meet network adequacy requirements

Network adequacy standards ensure that health plan members can have reasonable access to health services. Achieve geographic accessibility through facility siting, providing mobile and e-health options, and ensuring availability of in-network providers. Location intelligence supports network optimisation through identification of those with special needs and lets organisations focus on mitigating the impacts of social determinants of health.

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Connect people to services

Improve processes for connecting residents with health services to ensure health care for all who need it. Data is the currency from which you can analyse how well you are placing health-related services in the paths of people and improving access. GIS allows you to match health and health care to population needs, address disparities in accessibility, provide health organisations with key metrics and inform and educate patients.

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Ensure universal health coverage

To achieve universal health coverage by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, individuals and communities around the world must be able to access the full spectrum of essential health services—from illness prevention and health promotion to treatment and recovery care. GIS can help identify which services are needed and where to make the most of new and existing resources.

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