Which Geocoding Vendor is Right For My Health Care Center

Choosing the Right Geodata Vendor for My Health Care Center     The decision to integrate a geodata vendor into your health care facility’s electronic medical record (EMR) system is a big one. How will it impact workflow? Will it be simple for caregivers to understand and effective in what it promises to do? Ultimately, will our facility’s patients be better served by making this decision?  Providers are hailing MapQuest for Business for their geocoding services. Brian Fuller, Application Analyst at St. Luke’s Health System, said that MapQuest was reasonably priced and simple to enact— plus it met Epic technical requirements.  “As an Epic EMR user we successfully partnered with MapQuest as our geodata vendor,” Fuller said. “The MapQuest solution provided easy implementation, good value and met all our Epic technical requirements." So how does it work, exactly? With a simple HTTP request, MapQuest provides a multitude of maps that can be embedded into your private, secure EMR system — and allow your mobile caregivers to map out the most time-effective routes each day as they visit their patients.  This switch was vital for Welligent, an electronic health records (EHR) provider based in Norfolk, Va. Welligent serves upwards of 30,000 mental health professionals around the world with top-of-the-line EHR and mobile applications. These clinicians need to spend time providing counseling and addiction treatment for people experiencing homelessness, developmental delay, traumatic brain injuries or disabilities. “We wanted to add some new features into our application including dynamically calculating estimated travel times and displaying turn-by-turn directions for our users,” said Charles Sutelan, Welligent’s Founder and CEO. “But our previous provider’s APIs were overly complex, and their pricing model simply didn’t work for us.”  Welligent has used MapQuest since 2017, and estimates Welligent’s yearly geospatial licensing fee would have increased four-fold if MapQuest wasn’t identified as a replacement provider.  “We’re very pleased with our switch to MapQuest for Business,” Sutelan said. “Our customers clearly like the new capabilities as we’re seeing a vast increase in usage. Overall, we’re very happy with MapQuest for Business.” Here’s what it looks like from a usage point of view: MapQuest maps range from static maps, which are printer-friendly and combine with MapQuest’s Directions API to identify and highlight the best routes, to Mobile software development kits (SDKs), which creates a 64-bit map on both desktop and mobile. Conveniently, maps stay consistent across iOS and Android devices, and provide the fastest load time available for any new traffic information that may impact a route. Mobile SDKs allow you to zoom and are fully interactive, so caregivers have a full understanding of where they’re headed and why.  MapQuest offers MapQuest.js. which allows your IT team to easily integrate any JavaScript-based app with MapQuest without having to write extensive code. Your team can add functionality with controls and markers and choose the different map styles your caregivers prefer to operate from: satellite, streets, hybrid, dark or light.  If your facility is interested in learning more about MapQuest’s maps and APIs, contact us for additional information about products and pricing.