[Tagging] Request for assistance in creating a tag.

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Thu Jan 14 19:28:06 UTC 2021

> 1. We will be using *disease:hiv=yes *to identify all HIV related
> features and facilities - this will also include social facilities,
> housing, and various AIDS service organization offices. For example: For an
> AIDS Service NGO, we can tag office=ngo + disease:hiv=yes and for legal
> services we can do office=lawyer + disease:hiv=yes. We can then add the
> operator=* tag in order to link the relation of the office to the said
> company/ bigger office

Why disease:hiv=yes instead of infection=hiv or hiv:treatment=yes, or just

The "disease" part of the tag is strange because HIV is a virus, not a
disease. AIDS is the name of the disease ("syndrome") you get from
untreated HIV.

For social facilities there is already a more specific tagging system. See
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity=social_facility and

> 2. For the health facilities features (most of the identified locations
> are doctor's or nurse's offices with more or less 1-3 staff or health
> practicioners, thus we thought of tagging it as *health_facilty:type=office
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/Healthcare_2.0> *(since
> most of all features identified are offices under a designated building or
> floor, in addition there is no healthcare=office and amenity=doctors
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Ddoctors> or
> amenity=nurse do not actually sum up the composition of the hiv
> facilitating team in an office and we would want to put on that flexibility
> in the definition). Interestingly, there have been more than 2,500+ uses
> according to taginfo
> <https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/health_facility%3Atype#values>

There is no "healthcare=office" tag because we use the very common tag
"amenity=doctors" to mean "a doctor's office or doctors' office".

Please use amenity=doctors for a facility with 1 or 2 physicians (medical
doctors). Please don't use health_facilty:type=office.
The tag health_facilty:type=* is from an old proposal and is not very well
organized. In particular, this tag health_facility:type=office is
confusing, because an "office=" tag in OpenStreetMap is used for
administrative offices, not healthcare facilities.

For example, a government public health office can be tagged
office=government + government=healthcare

The office of a health insurance company is office=insurance

> 4. Lastly, we really saw how extensive the tagging initially proposed
> already and would not complicate things with the multitude and complication
> of tagging thus we will be adding the description=* tag based on the type
> of facility we are tagging (whether it would only be for testing, primary
> health care facility, or a treatment hub.

Please use specific tags for this, not description. If you use tags then
database users will be able to search properly.

1) *"DOH HIV Treatment Hub" *- "any identified hospital that is dedicated
for inpatient/outpatient HIV care" and
2) *Primary HIV Care Facilities (PCF)*  - "Any identified facility
(hospital, clinic, social office, or NGO) that is dedicated for outpatient
HIV care only and serves as a dispensaries for medicine. "

The whole facility should be tagged as 1) amenity=hospital or 2)
amenity=hospital, amenity=clinic, amenity=social_facility, depending on
what kind of facility it is - an amenity=hospital has inpatient treatment,
where patients stay in a bed overnight for perhaps several days, with
nurses to take care of them.

To tag that HIV treatment is provided, you can use a new tag like
"treatment=hiv" or "hiv_treatment=yes" or "hiv:treatment=yes"

There is also "healthcare:speciality=infectious_diseases" which should be
added if the doctors at a hospital or clinic or doctor's office are ID
(infectious disease) specialists.

3) *Identified HIV facilities (testing/counselling) *
"any identified facility (hospital, clinic, social office, or NGO) that is
dedicated for HIV testing and counselling only."

Use "hiv_testing=yes/no" or "hiv:testing=yes/no"

This would be clear say if hiv testing is available at an amenity=clinic,
amenity=hospital, amenity=doctors, amenity=social_facility, or office=ngo

Use  "hiv_counseling=yes/no" or "hiv:counseling=yes/no" for counseling

-- Joseph Eisenberg
   M.D., Family Medicine
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