Melbourne: Epworth HealthCare, a private healthcare group in Australia, used geospatial data to conduct an extensive analysis of demographic and medical services to build a new teaching hospital next to Deakin University in the Melbourne satellite city of Geelong.
The data sourced for the analysis included Australian Bureau of Statistics figures around population growth and demographics, details of currently available health services, and the geographical distribution of particular types of conditions. The latter data set was pulled from the records of Epworth’s existing facilities in Richmond and suburban Camberwell, with years of patient address data – separated from any identifying information to protect patient privacy – fed into the system to model the geographic spread of Epworth patients over the years. Finally, the data was fed into a geographical information system (GIS) and colour-coded to highlight significant trends across the region. Once combining and mapping of the myriad data sources was complete, it quickly became clear that Geelong represented a significant vacuum in terms of healthcare availability.