Place matters for health. This is a truth first articulated centuries ago by the Father of Medicine himself, Hippocrates. Today, Dr. Este Geraghty, Chief Medical Officer at Esri, elaborates on this theme as she describes how geographic information system (GIS) technology offers a modern perspective on solving health-related challenges with a location lens. From health inequities to pandemic response and modern ML/AI analytic approaches, Dr. Geraghty covers a range of use cases that are sure to resonate. She makes a strong case for how a geographic point of view can help unravel and make sense of the complexity of our interconnected world. And with her futurist hat on, she offers predictions about the advancement of health IT over the next five years.

About Dr. Este Geraghty

Dr. Este Geraghty is the Chief Medical Officer at Esri where she leads strategy and messaging for the Health and Human Services sector. At Esri, Dr. Geraghty has helped organizations around the world use location intelligence to combat Zika virus, finish the fight against polio, grapple with the opioid crisis, combat homelessness, enhance health preparedness and response, inform strategic planning, optimize healthcare access, and traverse the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling inequity. She is passionate about helping health organizations harness GIS to unlock data’s full potential, providing new insights, informing decision-making, and improving resource allocation.

Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Geraghty led the state’s vital records and public health informatics programs. She engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, interoperability, and open data.

Dr. Geraghty also served as an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Her research focused on using spatial insights to influence health policy, understand environmental concerns, and advance community development programs.

She received her medical degree, master’s degree in health informatics, and master’s degree in public health from UC Davis. She graduated from two fellowship programs, one in primary care outcomes research and the other in health leadership. Dr. Geraghty is board certified in public health and is a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). She was the recipient of two Larry L. Sautter Golden Awards. One was for innovation in Information Technology as a part of a team developing an electronic medical record data discovery solution, and the other was for a community development effort called “Putting Youth on the Map.” In 2021, Dr. Geraghty was named by HIMSS as one of the most influential women in Health IT.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at

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