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2016 Summer Reading List for the Healthcare Data Geek

I don’t know about you, but I was shocked when I glanced at the calendar and realized that it was time for my annual summer reading list for healthcare data geeks! HULLO! Wasn’t it October just last week? Anyway, without … 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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David Bowie vs. Alan Gilbert

I recently watched Charlie Rose interview New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert (pictured at right). During the interview, Gilbert described how he slowly and in small increments moved the Philharmonic musicians (and by extension their audiences) from a traditional view … Continue reading

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And Around We Go… Again

As I mature (and boy, is aging a high price to pay for maturity), I find I have very little need or even desire to win an (never mind every) argument, or to prove that I’m right about something. I … Continue reading

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Best Available Incomplete Information (BAII)

When I was a teenager, I had one terrible habit that drove my mother over-the-edge crazy. (OK: I had more than one. But hey, “driving your mother crazy” is part of the official job description for “teen-age girl.” I looked … Continue reading

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Really Big Goals

Like a lot of people I am a big goal-setter. I especially love BHAG’s [pronounced “Be- hags”?]: Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. You know: the ones based on no logic or well-developed plan whatsoever, but rather conjured up by the sheer … Continue reading

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Postcard from New Zealand

It has been almost a month since my return to the States, following a truly gratifying professional engagement with the Canterbury Health District and Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ). If you’ve ever had the pleasure of traveling to New Zealand, … Continue reading

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My Bin or Yours?

I am writing this newsletter from my coach seat (28F, window) on United flight UA1292 from Boston to San Francisco. Funny how inspiration for a newsletter about healthcare data visualization and histogram bins can show up in the tightest spots. … Continue reading

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Love, Time, Environment

As my daughter Annie’s tenth birthday approached, our friend Erik asked her what special gift she was hoping for. Without hesitation, Annie responded, “A crane.” We all turned and looked at her in astonishment. What would a ten-year-old girl want … Continue reading

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What’s Hue?

Recently someone sent me the bar chart below, and asked what I thought of it (as if I needed an invitation to comment!). My immediate reaction was to ask why the author had used different shades – or “hues,” as … Continue reading

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