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AMA News Room

Oct. 28, 2014

AMA Launches Interactive New Tool Aimed at Helping Health Care Providers Pinpoint Underserved Patient Care Areas

For immediate release:
Oct. 28, 2014

Geospatial mapping tool identifies workforce trends to assist providers in closing the gaps in patient access to care

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) today introduced a first-of-its-kind resource aimed at helping physicians and other health care providers improve patient access to care.

The AMA's Health Workforce Mapper is an interactive tool that illustrates the geographic locations of the health care work force in each state, including health professional shortage areas, hospital locations, as well as other related workforce trends. The tool is designed to highlight areas where the number of health care professionals could be expanded to enhance patient access to timely, quality care close to home.

"This unique new mapping tool gives physicians and other health care providers unprecedented information using reliable AMA data and other sources to see exactly where health care services are needed most," said AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D. "Providers can use this information to help them make the best decisions on where to locate or expand their practices to reach patients in greatest need of access to care."

In addition, the AMA's Health Workforce Mapper can help new physicians close the gap in patient access to care by giving residents and medical students access to important information that allows them to see, from state-to-state, where there are shortages in certain medical specialties.

AMA members can access the new tool in its entirety free of charge via the AMA website. Limited access is available for non-AMA members.

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