AMA introduces tool that allows physicians to pinpoint underserved patient care areas

October 28, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Access to Care Physician Workforce 

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced today that it was introducing a mapping tool that lets physicians see the distribution of physicians and nonphysician clinicians by specialty, state, county or metropolitan area.

Called the Health Workforce  Mapper, AMA believes the tool will be useful to physicians so they can identify the best locations to establish or expand a medical practice based on regional needs for access to care and the existing health care workforce.

The tool can identify and prioritize underserved areas; create and display ratios of physicians and nonphysician clinicians to population in any given region; map the practice locations of physicians and other clinicians in specific states or regions; select and compare across multiple categories of physician specialty types; identify shortage areas, hospital locations, population indicators and relevant health data; and view geographic features, including highways, mountain ranges and waterways.

AMA members have access to the tool for free.  A limited view of the tool is open to anyone.

Sign up for a live webinar demonstration of the AMA Workforce Mapper at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 14.


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