GIS is a powerful technology that can be used for early disease detection and timely response. It can help stakeholders at all levels — local, regional and national — understand disease patterns, share information easily and make data-driven decisions by aggregating and mapping various data sources.
The ability to efficiently visualize and analyze data, such as climate and environmental factors or issues like West Nile, and determine how they affect the spread of the disease, can slow or even prevent an outbreak. To further understand how organizations can use GIS to improve disease surveillance and the health of their communities, GovLoop partnered with Esri, for this report. This report was informed by Esri health experts and features success stories of governments effectively using GIS for disease surveillance.