On Friday, February 17th, the Department of Biomedical Data Science, hosted a virtual presentation of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)’s Big Data tools and capabilities. Coordinated by Dr. Tracy Onega, the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine’s Division Director for Biomedical Informatics and GeoInformatics Collaboratory, this event demonstrated the innovative approaches to health and medical research that can be applied within a geoinformatics framework.

Geoinformatics is defined as a specialty sub-field of Geographic Information Science (GI Science), which harnesses technological advances in computer science as it applies to matters of geographic scholarship. Health geoinformatics is a further focused specialty that works to expose critical insight related to disease epidemiology, health services research, medical geography and public health. Dr. Onega applies health geoinformatics approaches within her health services research program to expose new insights into questions of geographic access as it applies to emerging medical technologies and health care evaluation.

ESRI’s Mansour Raad, a Senior Software Architect at ESRI who specializes in Big Data GIS applications, gave an in-depth presentation on the ArcGIS server framework built upon a Hadoop Cluster platform. During this presentation he provided a demo application that uses the Apache Accumulo key store to secure protected health data – a critical and defining component of managing data in a health services research program.

As Dr. Onega’s research program continues to expand, we welcome collaborators to reach out to us. Please come see how geoinformatics can expose the hidden geographic data insights available in your health and medical research. Contact us.

About Dr. Tracy Onega

Tracy Onega is an associate professor, and interim division director, of biomedical data science in the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. She focuses on population-based approaches to optimizing how healthcare resources are allocated across populations and how the spatial distribution of services can impact treatment and outcomes. With a background in geography and health informatics, her major interests focus on access to cancer care, geospatial methodologies; and how geoinformatics can lead to better use of healthcare resources.

About Jenn Alford-Teaster, MA, MPH

Jennifer Alford-Teaster is a geospatial research project director in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at Dartmouth College.

About The Department of Biomedical Data Science

The Biomedical Data Science Department at Dartmouth (BMDS) is a collection of interdisciplinary scientists that apply computer technology to healthcare and biomedical research. High throughput technologies, big data, electronic medical records, and networked research infrastructure like i2b2 are a few of the latest technologies applied in the BMDS labs. https://bmds.dartmouth.edu