WINDSOR’S MEGAHOSPITAL DRIVE TIME APP RESULTS
MOST USERS FARTHER FROM COUNTY ROAD 42 LOCATION
Members of Border City Data, an interest group of the local tech non-profit Hackforge, created an app to provide comparative drive time data between existing hospitals and the proposed Megahospital on County Road 42. The app has been used more than 2500 times since the February 21 release.
They’re releasing an infographic summarizing the results of user searches in the first 10 days after launch.
The resulting data set contains searches from every municipality in Windsor / Essex. In analysing it, the group found that 60% of users are farther away from the proposed County Road 42 location than they are from the nearest existing hospital. Those who are farther away will travel an average of 6 kilometers farther, taking an extra 5 minutes. The 40% of users who are nearer to the proposed location will save less than 4 minutes on trips that are less than 4km shorter.
23% of searches using the app were for addresses more than 5km farther away from the proposed site on County Road 42, while only 15% of app users were more than 5km nearer. 97% of users nearer to the Ouellette campus – an area including the most densely populated parts of Windsor, LaSalle and Amherstburg – are farther away from the proposed site.
The infographic was created by Amanda Sinasac, a Windsor-based freelance writer, digital marketing specialist and graphic designer.
The application was built by Doug Sartori, Jeff Szusz and Kylie Tiffin. It uses the Google Geolocation API to determine the latitude and longitude of addresses, and the TravelTime PlatformSearch API for route and travel time information.
“Better data produces better debate. We’re thrilled at the positive response to our app and excited to share this comprehensive data set with the community.” – Doug Sartori, Parallel 42 Systems
TravelTime is trusted to provide accurate data by many large organizations and companies, including Britain’s National Health Service. According to their web site, TravelTime’s API takes speed limits, parking time and traffic into account when estimating travel times.
Border City Data has been an interest group of Hackforge since 2017. Besides producing data sets and apps on topics of public interest, the group regularly delivers data-centric tech talks and hands-on practical tutorials. On March 14, 2019 developers Kylie Tiffin and Doug Sartori will give a Hackforge talk at The Accellerator on their experiences creating the Megahospital Challenge.
The talk is free for all interested people and will start at 7pm.