Abdul Rauf Abdul Rasam

Sr Abdul Rauf is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, UiTM Shah Alam and holds Msc in Built Environment (Geospatial Technology in Health and Disease Management), BSc and Diploma in Geomatics Science at UiTM. Prior to joining UiTM, he has work experiences as a map designer, land surveyor and researcher at Institute of Medical Research (IMR) Malaysia. To date, his research and innovation have appeared in a few of local or international indexed publication and invention competition. For instances, electronic city of Shah Alam (E-Shah Alam), space technologies for fighting cholera outbreaks in Sabah, Cholera Transmission Risk Index (CHOTRISK), MyGeoHealth: GIS-Based cholera transmission risk system in Sabah, Malaysia, MyGeoHealth Model: A novel model for Malaysian health problem and decision making, MyGeoHealth Portal and Network, reforming health care facility using geographical information system (GIS), contribution of GIS and remote sensing technologies for managing foodborne diseases in Malaysia and so on. His research interests include GIS, mapping, satellite remote sensing, MyGeoHealth, and spatial epidemiology and modelling.

Towards An Electronic Health and GeoHealth information System in Malaysia: Mobile Online Geospatial Service for Sharing and Managing Disease Information in Sabah

World Health Organization (WHO) suggests the National Infectious Disease Control Programs of particular countries need to apply innovative technologies to efficiently control of disease spread. However, most of the current surveillance systems are inadequate for the effective management and evaluation of this complexity program. This study demonstrates the capabilities of GIS architecture applications in enhancing the current health information system of Malaysia particularly in Sabah. Mobile online geospatial service for sharing and managing disease information is proposed to be implemented in the state. This research is based on local case study which was to create the map of distribution of cholera cases in Kota Kinabalu Sabah from year 2005-2011 using Mobile, ArcGIS and ArcGIS 10.1 Online for mapping and investigating the cholera spatial temporal. Point attribute for cholera patients such as district, locality, address, gender, age, patient status, date onset and coordinate (latitude and longitude) were online displayed in the map. Most of cholera concentration was close to the residential area, near the coast and rivers with dense population. GIS applications could give a lot of benefit in terms of mobile sharing where the people able to know about information about certain places. For example the information on cholera disease would give the awareness for people to be more cautious in health care. Disease data sharing is important for the collaborative preparation, response, and recovery stages of disease control, while mobile online geospatial service provides a real-time and dynamic way to represent disease information on maps especially data heterogeneities, integration, interoperability, and cartographical.
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