We are healthcare professionals who regularly use data analysis and visualization to drive our work. We feel this is a truly important yet under-recognized tool that has the potential to transform clinical practice. With this blog we aim to contribute to the discussion about data visualization in the healthcare community. We will share lessons learned and challenges overcome, as well as discuss our process (analytical, clinical, technical, social, political, etc). We hope by sharing stories and by delving into the new insights we gain via data visualization that we will help guide others on their own journeys.
About the authors
Jeff Kritzman is a data analyst and Tableau developer for the Business Intelligence Group with University of Iowa Healthcare (UIHC). He started his data visualization journey while working in the Quality and Safety department at UIHC. Prior to that, he worked as a Quality Improvement Coach for the state-wide Integrated Health Home initiative and as a Problem Solver (TS) at Epic. He earned his Master of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Jeff loves data and strives to use analysis and automation to help people be more creative. When he isn’t munging data, he’s generally playing with his daughter, one of his guitars, or all of the above. Follow him on Twitter or Tableau Public.
Jorge Salinas is the Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He trained in Medicine at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Infectious Diseases at Emory University, and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is interested in Infectious Diseases epidemiology and using data visualization for quality improvement monitoring and as a tool for behavioral modification. He also collects antique books, prints, and maps. Follow him on Twitter.