[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Tag:staff_count:doctors

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jun 20 06:10:16 UTC 2019

1) staff_count:doctors

Please clarify how this tag is to be used and how mappers can
determine the information.

Should it be the total number of physician's names listed on a sign at
a clinic, or the average number of doctors in the clinic on a
particular day? At large hospitals how should this information be
checked and updated?

For example, would it include only staff physicians, all physicians
with admitting privileges, or all physicians that can come as
consultants? What about medical doctors who serve in purely
administrative roles?

Are NPs and PAs included (i.e. mid-level providers)?

While it may be reasonable to count the number of physician names
listed on a sign at the entrance to a clinic or specialty office, it
might not be possible to confirm the number of physicians employed by
a large medical center. See Verifiability -
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Verifiability - approved tags
should be things that an ordinary mapper can confirm to be true or

- Joseph Eisenberg, M.D.

On 6/20/19, Mhairi O'Hara <mhairi.ohara at hotosm.org> wrote:
> Hello Tagging Mailing List,
> We would like to bring your attention and comments on the proposal for the
> staff_count:doctors and staff_count:nurses tags, which helps identify the
> number of doctors and nurses at a given health facility [1][2]. The
> operational_status tag, which has been proposed before and I would like to
> highlight again, as this is used to document an observation of the current
> functional status of a mapped feature (i.e. health facility) [3]. The
> health_amenity:type tag is also being proposed, as this indicates what type
> of speciality medical equipment is available at the health facility [4] and
> the final tag is insurance:health which describes the type of health
> insurance accepted at a health facility [5].
> Some of these are already in use but have never been formally accepted, or
> properly described as to how they should be applied, which we would like to
> try and achieve if possible for the Healthsites.io project. Please take a
> look at the proposal pages on the OSM Wiki, as well as the Global
> Healthsites Mapping Project page [2] which is at the core of the recent
> work focused on creating a health facility data model. We look forward to
> discussing these proposals on the respective Wiki discussion pages.
> Kind regards,
> Mhairi
> [1]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:staff_count:doctors
> [2]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:staff_count:nurses
> [3]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:operational_status
> [4]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:health_amenity:type
> [5]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Tag:insurance:health
> [6]
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Global_Healthsites_Mapping_Project#Tag_Proposal
> --
> *Mhairi O'Hara*
> Project Manager
> mhairi.ohara at hotosm.org
> @mataharimhairi
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