Supporting effective health and social care

The PSMA provides health and social care with free access to all the geographic information needed to map the wealth of health data available.

According to WHO, your location is a major determinant of your health. Therefore, understanding the geography of communities is essential to plan and deliver effective health and social care services. The PSMA provides health and social care providers with free access to all the geographic information needed to map the wealth of health data available. This helps health professionals understand the factors that determine a community’s health and ensure services are designed around the needs of patients.

Since the PSMA started in 2011, we have seen major growth in the numbers of health bodies taking advantage of geographic analyse to improve decision making. But geography is also an important tool to link and visualise disparate datasets in a way that can be easily understood and interpreted by stakeholders, providing a shared view of community needs.