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…
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.
There are many data initiatives in the Tableau community, and I like to participate in them when I have time. As a professional in healthcare, one of my favorites is #projectHealthViz. Each month, Lindsay Betzendahl posts health-related data and invites the community to take a crack at visualizing it. The December data set ended up sparking a very interesting data journey for me, and I thought it might be useful to share the thought process I went through on this project.