Client: Narelle Mullan, Western Australia Department of Health
HealthTracks is an innovative web based tool that draws on the Department of Health population health and demographic data, and delivers related data via Landgate’s SLIP enabler, presenting information in new ways to enable better policy, planning and communication of complex situations.
The project won the Spatially Enabling Government category at the 2010 WA Spatial Excellence Awards and was a strong collaboration between Landgate, WA Department of Health, Curtin University, CRC for Spatial Information and Spatial Vision in particular.
"HealthTracks brings together a wealth of map data from a range of sources using Open GIS standards and presents them in a highly usable interface for non-GIS users, using an intuitive and innovative map display." - Glenn Cockerton, MD Spatial Vision
HealthTracks services a Department of Health audience in WA and was built from user needs analysis and involved a strong collaboration between Landgate, WA Department of Health, Curtin University and Spatial Vision.
The information provided via HealthTracks will assist those responsible for the on-ground delivery of health programs. When combined with information from epidemiology systems it is capable of identifying priority areas based on sound evidence and ensure that limited budgets are targeted to areas of greatest need.
"This presents significant advance in the application of Spatial in Health for those without GIS or statistical training. It will demonstrate the importance of spatial analytics and has real potential for influencing the social determinants of health” - Narelle Mullan & James Semmens, CRCSI Health Program
The successful delivery of HealthTracks fulfills the first part of a WA Department of Health strategy to build a Spatial Health Information Platform comprising modular add-ons to further engage the government and other sectors.