Use of the Internet in the diffusion of GIS for General Practices in Victoria, Australia
AuthorEscobar, Francisco J.; Williamson, Ian P.; GREEN, JULIE; WATERS, ELIZABETH
Source TitleProceedings, INET '98 Conference
University of Melbourne Author/sWilliamson, Ian
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsEscobar, F. J., Williamson, I. P., Green, J., & Waters, E. (1998). Use of the Internet in the diffusion of GIS for General Practices in Victoria, Australia. In, Proceedings, INET '98 Conference, Geneva.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a post-print of a paper from INET '98 published by Internet Society. http://www.isoc.org/inet98/proceedings
This paper describes the delivery of a Geographic Information System (GIS) product through the Internet for primary health care services provided at general medical practices in the State of Victoria, Australia. The paper details a collaborative research project whose principal aim was to develop a methodology for creating a GIS as a decision support system, for more effective use of information about population and health services at a given location. The methodology employed is based on the ability of a GIS to establish interrelationships between a combination of health, geographic and demographic data. An overview is given of GIS as a technology which allows geospatial data to be analysed, displayed and queried. The results of the project can be demonstrated through a live presentation, detailing specific and generic reasons for the choice of the Internet as the preferred delivery mechanism. The paper concludes with the identification of important issues related to the research and the use of the World Wide Web for Geographic Information Systems and Health.
KeywordsInternet; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); health; General Practice; health services planning; Victoria; Australia
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