Communicating Data to the Public

Use It Or Lose It!

Have you ever packed and moved from one place to another? If so, you know the cold, hard truth: The textbooks and notes from freshman English are no longer of use to anyone. The spare parts to your long-abandoned childhood … Continue reading

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Conveying Disease-Spread to “Word-Proof Ears”

My daughter, Annie, was a “camp kid”– she LOVED summer camp. We even had a happy song and dance that we all did as summer approached: “Camp, camp, camp, camp, camp, camp, camp…” (Use your imagination here, folks.) She always … Continue reading

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Seeing the Connections

Have you ever had one of those palm-smacking-forehead moments when you knew that even if it were raining brains, you wouldn’t get wet? Me, too — had one just the other day, as a matter of fact. Here’s what happened. … Continue reading

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Quality and Staffing Metrics with Juice

Earlier this year, I wrote a newsletter about emerging efforts to publicly report the amount of care being delivered to hospital patients (Worked Hours per Patient Day, WHPPD) as well as the quality of that care. I also noted the … Continue reading

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Staffing Plans and Quality Metrics

Almost a year ago to the day, I critiqued emerging efforts to publicly report the amount of care being delivered to hospital patients (worked hours per patient day — WHPPD) along with the quality of that care. At the end … Continue reading

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What’s an Infographic Anyway?

These days, whenever I deliver a talk or lead a workshop, someone almost always asks, “what’s an ‘infographic’ anyway?” I find this question intriguing in that it reflects what seems a growing awareness of the different ways of communicating healthcare … Continue reading

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Is Knowledge Enough To Inspire Action?

In my last newsletter, I discussed “plain language”– clear, simple writing that people can actually understand and use. I closed with the following statement: “Plain language alone is not enough to get people to use the information you present to … Continue reading

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Do You Know How To Make It Plain?

Over the past week, I’ve been working (via an ongoing email exchange with my colleague Sandy) on a description in exactly 15 words (no more, no fewer) of the services that our new company, HealthDataViz, offers. We are completing an … Continue reading

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Hospital Charge Data — More Than Meets the Eye

I have watched with great interest as the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made hospital charge data available to the public, and different groups have begun reporting on it. I imagine that many of you share … Continue reading

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Bubble Charts

I am grateful to newsletter reader Meic Goodyear, who was kind enough to share a very interesting project that he and his colleague Brian Coutinho have been working on. Here are Meic’s description of the project and the associated data … Continue reading

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