Bing Health Maps
Beginning over the summer search engine giant Bing began offering interactive health maps. These maps are designed to provide visualization of health data using a map interface. As part of the company’s work with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Community Health Data Initiative, Bing launched Bing Health Maps in June.
Bing Health Maps allows users to select a state and then a community health indicator to explore. The map application divides the state into counties or parishes and overlays health indicator data for the location selected. By clicking on a county or parish, Bing Health Maps provides additional health indicators for the community. Data available through Bring Health Maps is tied to the data provided by the HHS. Data includes cancer rates, infant mortality rates and other health status indicators including reported obesity and exercise levels. Bing Health Maps provides a good starting point for anyone interested in learning more about community health status.
Bing Health Maps can be viewed using an Internet browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. Bing Health Maps is free but may require a free software installation or upgrade, depending on the browser being used.