Communicating Data to the Public

Overindulgence & Excess Days

I have a free app called LoseIt on my phone; it helps me keep track of the number of calories I eat and the number I burn every day. I enter my desired weight, and LoseIt calculates the total number … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Design Basics, Newsletters | 1 Comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Infographics, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Best Practices, Communicating Data to the Public, Etcetera, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Best Practices, Communicating Data to the Public, Etcetera, Newsletters | Leave a comment

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

Share
Posted in Communicating Data to the Public, Data Analysis, Decision Support, Graphs, Newsletters, Tableau | Leave a comment