PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY (SL ROBBINS, SECTION EDITOR)
Role of Geographic Information System Technology
in Community Pediatric Screening
B. K. Jain
Published online: 27 October 2017
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017
Purpose of Review This article is intended to explore possibili-
ties in using geographic information system (GIS) for communi-
ty pediatric screening. With the published data and experience,
the reliability of such initiatives has been analyzed thoroughly, to
suggest for its further expansion and possibilities for projecting as
an effective tool for community-based screening.
Recent Findings The various researches explored are evidently
supporting the expansion of GIS use in community pediatric
screening. All these studies have one common character that
the change in perception on dealing with community programs.
Convincing fact presentation and ease of in-depth analysis with
the GIS tools made this paradigm shift in approaches and dealing
with community problems.
Summary Early detection and correction of vision problems in
children has been found to have educational and behavioral ben-
efits and certainly enhances quality of life. Community programs
with same purpose can be supported to a large extended with the
effective use of GIS. Possibilities of GIS are only explored to the
limited extend and explored benefits of the use clearly envision,
GIS going to be an unavoidable component in all community-
based screening programs.
Keywords Geographic information system
Application of GIS
Children represent the future; when provided with an oppor-
tunity and positive environment, they may blossom into an
ever fragrant flower, to shine in all areas of life.
Ensuring universal health care delivery is difficult even in
many of the well-developed countries which have exclusive
health systems. Minority populations, poor people, and low-
level income people may have further difficulties in accessing
health care services.
The common problems experienced by these groups are
financial, geographical, language, and cultural barriers that
restrict or deny access to quality health care services.
This is further worsened with children, as they are
completely dependent upon their parents. It is a painful reality
that parent’s inability in accessing quality health care directly
affects their children’s opportunity to receive timely health
This is especially poignant as many disease-related risk
factors can be tackled with early intervention and management
in the childhood. This scenario clearly explains that why the
children in poor population groups and low-economic coun-
tries are vulnerable to various health issues.
By looking at the lifetime of benefits, early detection of
health and other related problems among children are always
a worthy goal. Overall, there is a greater need to re-
conceptualize the early detection program for the child health
needs with an equal focus on quality interventions. This ap-
proach should combine health promotion, prevention, man-
agement, treatment, and monitoring.
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Pediatric Ophthalmology
* Elesh Jain
B. K. Jain
Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Sadguru Netra Chikitsalaya,
Shri Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust, Chitrakoot, Satna, Madhya
Pradesh, 210204, India
Curr Ophthalmol Rep (2017) 5:283–287