Q-DART Spatial Analysis of Health Care Data

A Q-Dart Spatial Analysis of Health Care Data

The Q-DART toolset can help organizations more efficiently target interventions to address gaps in quality of care. In this example, GIS software was used to map the distribution of diabetic health plan members in a predominantly Hispanic region of California (Panel 1). Further data refinement located "hotspots" with large concentrations of Hispanic diabetics who had not received LDL testing (Panel 2). US Census data were incorporated into analysis of the largest hotspot, revealing that its neighborhoods were not particularly low income (Panel 3), but they were linguistically isolated (Panel 4). The health plan decided that a language-appropriate intervention in this hotspot would be a more-efficient use of resources.

Building Bridges between Health Care and Public Health: A Critical Piece of the Health Reform Infrastructure — 2009

Lurie N, Fremont A,

JAMA Vol. 302, No. 1, July 1 2009, [Commentary], pp. 84-86.