Beyond The Mask: Innovation & Opportunities For CRNAs

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Ep 133: How Geographic Information Systems Are Being Used to Identify Veteran Suicide Risk

June 17, 2021

The rate of suicides among our veteran population continues to rise and the number is probably higher than most people realize. The good news is people are leveraging incredible new data to improve support and care for those that need it most. Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA, is the only CRNA certified in these geographic information systems (GIS) and he joins us today to share his passion for data, how it’s being used to serve veterans, and the other possibilities that could come from GIS.


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The show rundown for this episode:

3:20 – Welcome Kevin!  

4:32 – Background on Kevin

9:33 – Who’s at risk for suicide?  

12:15 – Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

17:21 – What the data can teach us

23:16 – Who can access this data?

25:32 – Using this to help veterans

29:22 – What else he uses GIS for

37:38 – How CRNAs & SRNAs can use this data

42:51 – Process of plotting

47:11 – Tracking the type of cases CRNAs are working

51:45 – Final thoughts