Prescription Drug Abuse Infographic

Prescription Drug Abuse InfographicThese days, whenever someone at HealthDataViz delivers a talk or leads a workshop, someone almost always asks, “what’s an ‘infographic’?” We find this question intriguing in that it reflects what seems a growing awareness of the different ways of communicating healthcare data and information.

First, an infographic has to inform the viewer; it must combine words and pictures to communicate a particular message. That message must move the viewer to a desired outcome: learning something new about an issue, being persuaded to a point of view, or (the Holy Grail) taking action.

We created this static infographic about the deadly epidemic of prescription drug abuse in the U.S with our design partners, Peter Massarelli and Jim Leightheiser at Breviloquent. We chose this public-health issue because it’s squarely in our area of expertise, and the data are so breathtaking that we felt compelled to make people aware of them. | Read more and view infographic >>

Transition of Care

Transition of CareMaking informed decisions about transition of care for hospital patients is critical for both patient clinical outcomes and hospitals’ exposure to 30-day readmission penalties from CMS.

How can data be effectively displayed to improve consequences in the transition of care decision-making process?

At HealthDataViz, we’ve seen solid evidence that referrals to home health agencies (HHA) services reduce the risk of 30-day readmission to the hospital. At the same time, the data illustrates performance variations between and among HHAs, demonstrating that the quality of services provided is not consistent. | Read more and view data visualization >>

Staffing Plans and Performance Metrics

Staffing Plans and Performance MetricsIn addition to a growing volume of patient-satisfaction and quality data, hospitals are increasingly sharing information on staffing levels with each other and the public, to help everyone become better-educated and more proactive healthcare consumers.

The challenge, however, is to communicate this complex information simply and clearly, allowing people make informed decisions about how to plan and where to receive care.

At HealthDataViz, we know that this type of communication requires a multifaceted approach: serious attention to translating healthcare jargon and statistics into plain language; combining data in meaningful ways for display; and applying the best practices of data visualization. | Read more and view data visualization >>

Staffing Plans and Performance Metrics: Take Two

public_patient_thumbnailAt HealthDataViz we’re no one-trick-pony! We are always exploring exciting and innovative ways to communicate data to a wide variety of audiences. This second view of hospital staffing plans and quality metrics was created with a new data reporting and visualization platform called Fruition®.

Re-using the same example data from several hospitals that we’d shown in our first display, we created visualizations for two very different audiences: patients and their families; and healthcare professionals. In both displays, the information is communicated with a narrative at the top of each page along with several examples to explain the healthcare statistics and calculations presented. Unlike our first display, however, this version includes high-quality photos that give it a very friendly and inviting look and feel, enhanced by large navigation icons and visualizations that make it easy to see how the data can be filtered and compared. | Read more and view data visualization >>

Operating Room (OR) and Surgeon Block Utilization

OR and Block Time UseHow can we effectively display Operating Room (OR) and block utilization in interactive data visualization reports?

At HealthDataViz, we know from extensive work on surgical outcomes that high-quality, cost-effective surgical care is predicated in large part on efficient and productive use of operating rooms. We also know that accurate, logical allocation of block time to surgical services is critical in improving patient access and efficient scheduling of cases. | Read more and view data visualization >>

Hospital Patient Care Revenue Versus Expense Margins by Payor

Hospital Patient Care Revenues versus Expense Margins by PayorHow can we effectively display a hospital’s revenue versus expense margins by payor for inpatient and outpatient services?

At HealthDataViz, we know the importance of Payor Mix (or, “who’s paying the bills?”) for any provider delivering healthcare services. We understand that the slightest change in Payor Mix can bring boom or bust to a provider’s bottom line: the purchasers of healthcare services all pay different amounts, and different patients require different types and amounts of services—more private insurance versus Medicare, Medicaid or uncompensated care—and we well know which is preferable. | Read more and view data visualization >>

Hospital Operating Room (OR) Utilization

Hospital Operating Room (OR) UtilizationWhat’s the most effective way to display the correlation between surgical (projected) case times and actual case duration by hospital, OR and day of the week?

At HealthDataViz we understand that the accuracy of a hospital’s surgical schedule and management of the ORs is key to delivering high-quality cost-effective care – not to mention happy patients and surgeons. We also know that to effectively manage these resources requires timely, accurate data and easily understandable reports. | Read more and view data visualization >>