England,UK, 12 April 2006: Every ambulance trust in England is to benefit from greater access to Ordnance Survey’s most detailed digital geographic information from this month. It follows the launch of a pilot agreement aimed at encouraging the use of computerised mapping across the National Health Service (NHS). The plan is to ensure health providers get the reliable information they need to improve patient care while making the most efficient possible use of their resources.
The agreement between the mapping agency and The Information Centre for Health and Social Care, acting on behalf of the NHS in England covers more than 600 health services, including primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, NHS trusts and cancer registries. So far 330 have applied to be part of the pilot.
The digital portfolio encompasses small-scale mapping of regional areas to more detailed coverage of local areas, including street-level, postcode, and spatial address data. Products based on new generation OS MasterMap data, specifically designed, to be managed as a fully integrated corporate database, are also available.