Tajaddini, A, Phan TG, Beare, R, Ma H, Srikanth V, Currie G, Hai LV, Application of Strategic Transport Model and Google Maps to Develop Better Clot Retrieval Stroke  Service Frontiers in Neurology 2019 June 28 https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2019.00692


Background and purpose: Two hubs are designated to provide endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) for the State of Victoria, Australia. In an earlier study, Google Maps application programming interface (API) was used to perform modeling on the combination of hospitals optimizing for catchment in terms of current traveling time and road conditions. It is not known if these findings would remain the same if the modeling was performed with a large-scale transport demand model such as Victorian Integrated Transport Model (VITM). This model is developed by the Victorian State Government Transport has the capability to forecast travel demand into the future including future road conditions which is not possible with a Google Maps based applications. The aim of this study is to compare the travel time to potential ECR hubs using both VITM and the Google Maps API and model stability in the next 5 and 10 years.