The Health Data Model (HMD) is a collaborative project to develop a generic data model for health applications, using ESRI software.

ESRI is sponsoring the development of a series of “essential data models,” which will allow users to take greater advantage of ArcGIS v.8 and the new geodatabases. One of those models is focused on health applications, and is called the Health Data Model (HMD).

ESRI staff and researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) are leading this consortium. The group is headed by Dr. Michael Goodchild. The user members represent public health planning and research organizations, public health consulting firms, and GIS coordinators from medical centers around the country. We also have a number of private health consultants, ESRI Business Partners and other software developers, as well as university faculty.

The current phase of this work has assigned top priority to service site selection, emergency response, facility emergency response, campus facility management, regional environmental health, and disease surveillance.

The outcome will be a basic data model that works easily with Arc8+ software.  There are 3 components:

Participants contribute via The general procedure and timetable is:
2003 April Administrative launch, Santa Barbara, CA
2003 May Stakeholder consultation, Washington, DC - ESRI International Health GIS Conference 2003 [details]
2003 July   Lunch meeting, San Diego, CA - Twenty-Third Annual ESRI International User Conference [details]

Drafts of models and other documents are posted to this web site from time to time.  We invite your comment at any time.  Please sign up on the mailing list to receive notification of updates and consultations.