|A newsletter for research & medical education||March 2007|
Why does a hospital need a Geographic Information Systems department? After all, that’s the technolology that MapQuest uses to overlay convenient hotels onto your driving route. But GIS is comprised of computer hardware and software that can be used to store, manage, display and analyze any spatial data. "Baystate has the distinction of being the only hospital in the U.S. to have a fulltime GIS department," says Dr. Richard Wait, Director of the Health Geographics Program.
As an official satellite testing site, Baystate is able to administer the National Board of Medical Examiners subject exams to third year students from Tufts University School of Medicine.
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