Currently the “Google Mapping Health Care Centers” project has managed to locate and plot the urban Phnom Penh area. The data was collected manually by a team of students visiting the sites. In addition some data was not able to be obtained due to privacy issues regarding some of the hospitals. Therefore future work to improve this project will include:
Dynamic information updating.
A web interface/platform is required for users to update the data automatically. Once this is setup, the interface then relies on reliable user input. This is probably the most difficult step. Strategies to overcome this may include a yearly survey sent out (manually and/or electronically), annual site visits, etc.
Extending the map to become national.
Currently the map covers the central Phnom Penh area. Further work is needed to map the entire country. This will require a lot of manpower and travelling to visits. Some alternatives maybe to use electronic communication to expedite the process.
Towards a National Emergency Dispatch System.
It is hoped that this project will be a first step of a long journey towards a national emergency dispatch system. Once an emergency is known and located geographically, the health care map will be able to find the nearest relevant hospital, and the nearest ambulance for urgent medical treatment.