Dr Hj Tahir Bin Aris
Dr Hj Tahir Aris was appointed as the director of Institute for Public Health as a Public Health Specialist in January, 2010. He obtained his medical degree in 1989 and completed his Master of Public Health (Occupational Health) degree in 1994 at National University of Malaysia (UKM). He has been involved in Survey Research since 1995 and contributed in several national studies. He is member of Ministry of Health Research and Ethics Committee, South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) Scientific Advisory Group Members, Monash University Sunway Campus and member of Technical and Finance Consultancy Committee for The National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. His involvement in GIS started from 2002, when he involved in several GIS project for Ministry of Health. The recent project is the mapping of health facilities and services for policy decision making since 2009.To date, he has more than 45 publications in local, regional and international peer-reviewed journal and more than 33 technical reports and proceedings

Implementation of Web Based GIS Application for Mapping of Health Facilities, Services and Providers in Malaysia
The Ministry of Health Malaysia is developing a GIS database of health facilities in the country with the main aim to assist in the planning and development of the services and in allocation of resources. Institute for Public Health had been given a task to design, develop, create, deploy, test and deliver, together with documentation, help manual and training for web base GIS application of health facilities and services under Ministry of Health.The development of web mapping system was programmed by using ArcGIS server. Web mapping application enables user to use the GIS database without having deep knowledge in the field of GIS or using GIS software.There are four modules created in the system. First module is view for display list of health facilities in the system. Second module is search to obtain information on health facilities, services, providers and specialty. The third module is analysis for gathered an area of geographic information, facilities, services or providers ratio to the population, analysis of buffer zone, to identify coverage of health facility for certain distance and other geostatistical analysis. The final module is a tool to help in presentation of the result of analysis in the form of tables, graphs and maps that can store or printed. The system also allow appropriate user to update the database online and analysis can be done in real time. The system assists stakeholder in the Ministry of Health in planning, monitoring development of facilities and services and providing health services information and available facilities in Malaysia.
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