Maps do more than characterize our physical world, they also help us visualize information contained within it. Thematic mapping has been applied to many types of information, including health data. One of the earliest and best known examples of health data mapping was done by Dr. John Snow in 1854. Snow was able to identify the source of a deadly cholera outbreak by marking the location of victims on a London street map. (1)
- Tracking the outbreak and distribution of disease
- Characterizing environmental factors that can impact health
- Visualizing the distribution and availability of health care resources
What health data would you like to see mapped?