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AAM and the Western Australian Department of Health are the proud recipients of the  People and Community Award in the Western Australian Spatial Excellence Awards (WASEA) 2017.

The People and Community Award recognises products or projects that make a difference to issues that affect communities via ‘grass roots’ initiatives and/or educational programs, services or tools that permit the widespread adoption, use, understanding and access to spatially enabled products or services.

AAM collaborated with the Statewide Obstetric Support Unit (SOSU) and the Geospatial Services Team at the WA Department of Health Epidemiology Branch to design, develop and implement the Maternity Services Viewer (MSV). MSV is a modern, interactive web-based GIS tool which identifies all the relevant providers of maternal and newborn care services across the state of Western Australia. The MSV is an online, intuitive, easy-to-use tool that is easily accessible and readily available for busy clinicians.

Since the MSV’s launch in March 2017 there has been a significant reduction in reported incidences of delayed or absent follow up on mothers and/or newborns post discharge due to an inappropriate discharge.

29 public maternity services now have access to the MSV and SOSU are working with IT at the King Edward Memorial Hospital and Kimberley Services (KEMH) to get the MSV on ALL clinical area desktop computers.

The MSV is currently limited to users within the Department of Health intranet, however discussions/plans are in progress with Western Australia Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) to establish internet access via a reverse proxy to enable password protected access for NGOs and private health care providers to further maximize its use.

The future progression of the MSV is to develop an application for mobile phones and offline use, through Geocortex technology.

The SOSU initiative has also sparked interest across the greater Department of Health organisation for similar gains in effective and efficient service provision including WA Trauma Registry, as well as Cardiac, Stroke and Paediatric specialties. The vision is that specialty services will leverage from shared services information.

Watch this video for an overview of the MSV.

If you would like more information on AAM’s Geosolutions Team’s role in developing the MSV, or inquire about how we can assist with your GIS project, please contact us.

 

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