Practices are affected by their geographic location, whether it's by the specific regional health network your organization uses or the way a rural practice needs to update its mobile policy. The American Medical Association has made a new tool available through its website called the Health Workforce Mapper designed to help visualize the location of medical professionals by state.
This is more than just a geographical map: According to the release, this Mapper will allow users to search the map based on different relevant criteria. This includes "hospital locations or health professional shortage areas," and "population indicators" in addition to recognizable physical landmarks.
A GovHealthIT article features comments from the president of the AMA, Dr. Robert Wah, who described in a statement some of the ways that this tool is expected to be a boon to medical professionals.
"This unique new mapping tool gives physicians and other healthcare providers unprecedented information using reliable AMA data and other sources to see exactly where healthcare services are needed most," he said. "Providers can use this information to help them make the best decisions on where to locate or expand their practices to reach patients in greatest need of access to care."
Although only registered members of the AMA can access the full tool through the website, non-members can use a trial version that shows all of the different overlays and filters at the user's disposal. The tool can separate the results by a doctor's specialty, for example, or the state population per provider.
A physician consultant is useful for responding to new initiatives and making productive changes to their current procedures, especially when it comes to billing. This particular mapping tool may be free, but not every resource is that simple.