The topic of health spans across a number of factors that often incorporates a global perspective.  Data visualization brings the ability to express the results of massive data and transition it into a single image that’s easily understood. This empowers actions to be taken and critical decisions to be made. Comprehending the patterns of health, conditions, treatments and regions of the world assists in redirecting funds and attention as well as perceiving a potential threat.

Here are some of the best of data visualizations in the health industry:

  1. Global Health Financing 

This image reveals a high-level view for global health financing patterns from 1990 through 2015. Through the use of interactive bar charts, scatterplots and maps, the viewer can observe the trends in DAH (development assistance for health) levels and changes by recipient region, channel, source and specific health focus. The interactive chart allows you to see the overall progress as well as gauge the transitions by year. The focus on the financial realms of health around the world enables the viewers to see cause and effect.

2. China: Millennium Global D4 (MDG4) 

In this interactive chart you’ll see the progress of China to achieve their MDG4 (Millennium Development Goal 4) on a subnational level. This chart offers the ability to explore and compare the health trends in province and county for under-5 mortality rates. Counties are compared between 1996 and 2012 and provinces are included in 2013. The views can show that children are living longer but the overall health conditions vary within the subsets.

3. The Worldwide HIV Condition 

This interactive tool covers the HIV/AIDS condition on a global scale from 1990 through 2013. The trends include death, incidence and prevalence by country and was created by The Journal of American Medical Association. The view incorporates a combination of reports, data, surveys, vital registration, censuses and sample registration. While there is a 95% uncertainty interval (UI) for all values, it does include a modified version of the UNAIDS Spectrum model based on review of mortality on/off antiretroviral therapy. Using this chart, the medical community can gauge treatment effects, modalities and alterations in approach for concentrated areas.

4. World Health Levels 

The interactive tool covers 1990 through 2013 and makes use of maps, treemaps, arrow diagrams and charts to drill down and compare causes and risks within the various regions of the world. The details incorporate disease states and patterns by country, age and gender. This incredible chart allows the viewer to see how disease patterns have changed over time as well as those that have caused death and disability. The attention can be shown on an immediate scale to reflect the benefits of treatment or those that need to have renewed focus.

5. Health Map of the United States 

An interactive map that allows the viewer to explore U.S. health trends on the state and county level for both genders. It details specifics in the categories of: Alcohol, smoking prevalence, life expectancy, hypertension, obesity, physical activity and poverty. Using the correlated data, professionals can gauge the cause and effect of such topics as cause and effect with income as well as those areas that may be considered ‘health deserts’ that have low medical attention facilities.

6. Global Health Visualization Based on Social Determinants 

This data visualization shows that it is believed that social determinants can play a major role in health conditions and longevity as well as healthy birth statistics. This tool offers the ability to delve into the relationships between health indicators and social determinants across countries. It includes 1970 to 2015 educational attainment for those over 15 years of age and gives a perspective by country, year, gender and age group. Population-weighted and age-standardized estimates are included for females aged 15 to 44 years and for both genders ages 25+.

7. NHA (National Health Accounts): Health Funding Sources

This tool offers answers to the critical questions such as who provides the funds for health, who manages the spending/budgets, what type of services and goods are purchased and who are the service providers. This global perspective offers an inside view that crosses expenditures over time, categories of spending and country. Data included is from the NHAs (National Health Accounts). Analysis through this tool can demonstrate the expenditures and resource flows for use in future decisions.

8. Global Mortality

Using data from 1970 through 2013, the viewer can walk through this data visualization that shows the mortality estimation process for adults and children covering 188 countries. This mortality visualization offers comparative data in step by step stages. The results of this information can assist in addressing specific health and lifestyle needs which can alter the directions from everything from funding to community assistance.

9. Global Life Expectancy and Probability of Death

This data visualization for the global life expectancy and probability of death details the life expectancy around the globe.  As the attention of health treatments are refocused around the world, it is assumed that there will be a cause and effect for both life expectancy and probability of death. This chart examines the changes in both of these variables covering the years of 1990 through 2013 for 188 countries. Data for probability of death encompasses information that can be viewed by location, age group, gender and year.

10. Global Obesity and Overweight Conditions

Obesity and being overweight weighs heavily on health conditions and life expectancy. This interactive chart covers a worldwide perspective from 1980 through 2013, demonstrating trends that can affect disease states and potential additional medical attention that will be needed. The data used for this chart was derived from published studies, reports and surveys and included information for height and weight through both self-reports and physical measurements. The comparison data was gauged using the standard BMI (body mass index).

The collection of information on health conditions on both a local and global scale can be honed down to create data visualizations that gives the medical communities around the world the ability to meet and exceed the needs for treatment, funding, and focus. Data visualization alters the perspective from a ‘guessing game’ to true causes and effect analysis and results.

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