Consumers and health care stakeholders now have the ability to search licensed health care facilities statewide for facility inspection reports, facility services and more with the click of a mouse. Userfriendly, GaMap2CareSM is Georgia’s search, see and select tool for making more informed health care facility decisions, developed by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Additionally, the program will help officials in case of emergencies or natural disasters to notify and identify facilities for the possible relocation of residents.
GaMap2Care has combined geomapping technology with the department’s health care facility database of more than 7,000 licensed facilities. While enhancing public access to facility information and increasing agency transparency, the tool will also increase scheduling efficiencies for department surveyors.
“GaMap2Care contains a wealth of information – from content data about facility services, deficiency reports and licensure status to street and aerial visuals of the facility and the surrounding neighborhood,” said DCH Commissioner David A. Cook. “GaMap2Care will allow the public to make more informed choices as they search, see and select health care facilities.”
For example, a consumer may search for a personal care home in the Statesboro area, doing research online to see what is available through GaMap2Care. The consumer can compile a list of possibilities, e-mail that list to family members, and then plan onsite visits to select the most appropriate facility. The tool also includes information about nearby ambulatory clinics, restaurants, retail and more.
“GaMap2Care will help consumers search for a particular facility, and it will be helpful for the health care business community when deciding where to locate a new facility,” Cook said.
It allows online facility searches by name and/or address with an autofill feature to save time and improve accuracy. Other key features include a Googlepowered “full-text” server search as well as Notebook, Places Search, Save and Share and more. Working with Google Maps, DCH created this interactive geomapping health care facility finder tool as one of the first of its kind in the nation.