I work for University of Iowa Healthcare (all opinions always my own), and I love that I get to work with all sorts of departments from across the institution. Generally, my work is focused on operational analysis. I enjoy this, as it’s a strong suit of mine, but it does mean that I rarely have opportunities to map data.
Like anywhere, the place I work has good parts and bad parts. Generally, the good far outweighs the bad. I love my job, and wouldn’t get my medical care anywhere else in the area! And yet, I’ve never been a fan of our color scheme…
Years ago, my dad (who’s a professor of industrial design) told me his theory of “ten edits.” He told me that if you really want to make something great, you should go through at least ten iterations. The first few edits are generally preliminary, just getting your ideas out there and having fun. When you get to edit 7 or 8, you’ll often think you’ve got something pretty hot, but don’t stop yet! If you go through the full ten iterations, you’ll come to something even better.
Like many people, I have different parts of my life that don’t generally intersect. I always enjoy it when they do, however. So far, I’ve blogged about the data analysis & visualization part of my life. Another big part of my life is music. Being both a musician and a data vizzer, I’ve often thought about ways to visualize music.
As a data analyst, my job is to get people the information they need. Instead of just responding to each request separately, my goal is to create tools that allow users to ask and answer questions on their own. Part of this is out of laziness and not wanting to do the same thing over and over again, but it’s also because this gives my users direct and timely access to the information they need, when and where they need it.
I worked closely with my hospital’s Chief Quality Officer to develop our initial HAI dashboard. During one of our many meetings iterating dashboard design, he mentioned that what he really wanted to see was how this looked geographically. As an explanation, he drew a picture…
We’ve discussed Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in quite some depth (pt 1, pt 2, pt 3). This is only one piece of the overall issue of Hospital-acquired Infections (HAIs). SSIs are an important type of HAI, but it’s equally important to stay on top of the other types of HAIs as well.