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ACCESS MAPS Project Awarded Pitt SEED Project Funding

Mon, 07/23/2018

Surprisingly, there is very little data about how and where healthcare is delivered, especially in middle- and low-income counties. Primary investigator David Wallace, MD, hopes to change this with a Pitt SEED Project award from the University of Pittsburgh to demonstrate the usefulness of the ACCESS MAPS platform. Over the next year, Dr. Wallace will use the grant to test and evaluate ACCESS MAPS by creating a map of microbiology labs around the world to show the ability of countries to respond to public health issues. Eventually, Dr. Wallace hopes to expand ACCESS MAPS to create an encompassing healthcare resources map of the world. 

“If we’re going to solve the hugely complicated issue of global healthcare access, we need to know where care is and is not available as well as areas where services are redundant,” said Dr. Wallace, Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine. “ACCESS MAPS will collect and present healthcare data in an efficient and streamlined way that can be used by policy analysts, public health planners, and disaster relief workers.”

ACCESS MAPS is an internet platform of sharable healthcare data that will pinpoint healthcare delivery locations, capacities, and capabilities worldwide. The Pitt SEED Project will allow Dr. Wallace to collect data about microbiology labs and benchmark the results against existing lab data. This initial phase of development will be an important proving ground for ACCESS MAPS before expanding the scope of the platform to map additional components of the world’s healthcare delivery systems. The end result will be data that empowers scholars and reformers to make innovative plans and projections for healthcare delivery. 

Project collaborators include Derek Angus, MD, MPH, FRCP and Jeremy Khan, MD, MS, from the Department of Critical Care Medicine; Gavin Harris, MD, a Clinical Fellow in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care and the Division of Infectious Diseases; Kostas Pelechrinis, PhD, MSc, from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh; John Marshall, MD, FRCSC, from the University of Toronto; and Srinivas Murthy, MD, from the University of Vancouver.

Pitt SEED Project grants are awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Chancellor to fund projects that advance one of the six goals of the strategic Plan for Pitt that was implemented in 2016.  Projects are judged on their relationship to these strategic goals and their ability to transform and advance the University.