Healthcare organizations typically compile data from multiple sources, and tools that enable them to analyze that data for actionable purposes are in high demand. Due to the fact that most humans process information more easily when it’s presented with a strong visual element, some healthcare providers are utilizing visual representations of the data to better communicate it to various stakeholders. Whether it’s through dashboards, infographics, stacked bar charts, line graphs, cartographs, Choropleth, Pinpoint and heat maps, these healthcare data visualizations give them a way to communicate quantitative data in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.
The California Healthcare Foundation notes that characteristics of strong data visualizations include personalization, storytelling, relevance, timeliness, connections and comparisons. They should be designed in a way that meets HIPAA guidelines by removing specific patient data and that allows users to access the information through multiple types of devices.