Communicating Data to the Public

Visualizing Annual Reports and the Donaghue Foundation

Recently I was engaged to help the Donaghue Foundation re-imagine parts of its 2017 Annual Report. I was thrilled to work on this project, as the important work the Foundation does is completely in alignment with what I believe about … Continue reading

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Only Charlotte Needs a Web

Recently my colleague and HealthDataViz Senior Consultant Janet Steeger sent me the graph below and an associated article, with the subject line “Blog Posting?”. (Click to expand) Incredulousness was quickly followed by inspiration. How, we wondered, could super-smart people use … Continue reading

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Can’t See the Forest for the Treemaps

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” It describes someone far too involved in the details of a problem or situation to grasp its entirety; (s)he has lost sight of overall goals — the … Continue reading

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Intersecting Indicators and Time to Think

I want to send a very big and public thank you to the Health Informatics and Financial Reporting leadership at Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, for instructing their teams to put an away message on e-mail, shut … Continue reading

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Fabulously Terrible

Years ago when I first worked at Mass General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, I had a really great boss, Dr. Dan Rosenthal. Like many smart people, he was also very funny. I especially loved his ability to use adjectives in … Continue reading

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The Hammock Chronicle (2017 Edition)

Greetings from Bustins Island, Maine, where every summer I mix a batch of watermelon mojitos, climb into the hammock, and reflect on the year to date, the work ahead, and the Sox’ standing in the ALE (as of 8/25, first … Continue reading

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Red, Yellow, Green… Save It For The Christmas Tree

Listen up folks… it is time for a red, yellow, green color intervention of the most serious kind. The use of red, yellow, green to indicate performance on your reports and dashboards has reached a crisis level and can no … Continue reading

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Twitter Me This

Time for a confession: I’ve been a Twitter skeptic from day one. Even though I understand how it works (140-character electronic updates – “Tweets” – that people post for their followers – friends, family, political junkies – and that fill … Continue reading

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The Hammock Chronicles (2016 Edition)

Long-time subscribers to this newsletter know that every August, my family and I retreat to Bustins Island in Casco Bay, Maine, where I commandeer the hammock and contemplate life (along with the inside of my eyelids). (Check out previous posts … Continue reading

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Raising the Bar on Stacked Bar Charts

Unfortunately, and more often than is good for my mental health, I encounter data being ineffectively displayed in stacked bar charts. Which phenomenon leads to my “Question of the Day”: When should we present our healthcare data in a stacked … Continue reading

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