Geolocation of hospitalizations registered on the Brazilian National Health System's Hospital Information System: a solution based on the R Statistical Software.

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OBJECTIVE: to describe a solution enabling geolocation of hospital admissions (AIH), processed on the Brazilian National Health System's Hospital Information System. METHODS: in order to spatialize AIHs an R language script was written, based on the microdatasus and CepR packages; the script was applied to identify all AIHs in Goiás state in the year 2015; after downloading and pre-processing the data, the procedure for AIH spatialization was detailed. RESULTS: of the 361,213 AIHs processed, we were able to retrieve 24,220 different ZIP codes (CEPs); from this set of ZIP codes, 23,910 (98.7%) were geolocated; these geolocated ZIP codes enabled spatialization of 97.7% of AIHs processed for the state of Goiás. CONCLUSION: it is possible to spatialize AIHs with a high success rate; the method detailed in this paper opens a new range of possibilities for the design of evaluation studies, formulation of policies and planning of health care actions.

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Cited Authors

  • Rocha, TAH; Silva, NCD; Amaral, PVM; Barbosa, ACQ; Vissoci, JRN; Thomaz, EBAF; Queiroz, RCDS; Harris, M; Facchini, LA

Published Date

  • December 13, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 4

Start / End Page

  • e2017444 -

PubMed ID

  • 30570033

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30570033

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2237-9622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5123/S1679-49742018000400016


  • eng por

Conference Location

  • Brazil