Here are a pair of data visualizations. First, a map of diabetes in the United States. Extremely cool. Diabetes is rife in the South, and in places where income is low. We knew that, but take a look at the way the numbers talk in this visualization. Credit to Annette Greiner.
Both of these maps are courtesy of Tableau Software, which says this on its web site about its free data visualization tools:
“Tableau Public is a free service that lets anyone publish interactive data to the web. Once on the web, anyone can interact with the data, download it, or create their own visualizations of it. No programming skills are required. Be sure to look at the gallery to see some of the things people have been doing with it.”
Here’s another chart, this one also awesome — about how much people spend for what diseases and conditions. The description of the graphs on the page where I found this map says: “Notice how many patients are affected by hypertension overall (the blue bar in the upper left graph), resulting in huge treatment costs (second bar graph), even though the per patient cost is relatively low (rightmost bar graph), and the patients’ portion of costs is near the middle (third bar graph), yet hypertension has little effect on the young (the two line graphs on the right).” Credit goes to Stephen Few on Perceptual Edge.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.