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01-06-2015 | Issue 6/2015

The Journal of Supercomputing 6/2015

Analyzing the geographic distribution of major medical equipment with smart geographic system

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Kwang-Soo Lee, Hyuk-Jun Kwon

Abstract

This study examined geographic variations in major medical equipment used for patient diagnosis and treatment in Korea and analyzed their distributions in terms of sociodemographic variables. The study areas were all the city, gun (similar to a county), and gu (similar to a metropolitan ward office) administrative areas in Korea. The major medical equipment variable was measured by summing the numbers of major medical equipment in the study areas. The sociodemographic variables and the numbers of doctors and beds of each study area were collected from the Korean Statistical Information Services in 2010. Map data and study variables were imported into a geographic information system and used for the ordinary least squares regression and geographically weighted regression analysis. The results indicated that most of the sociodemographic variables were not statistically related to the distribution of medical equipment in Korea, but the numbers of doctors and beds were significant in explaining the variation in medical equipment.

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