5 Ways in Which Healthcare Data Visualization is Transforming Healthcare

Practice Management

5 Ways in Which Healthcare Data Visualization is Transforming Healthcare

Date Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2023


Key Takeaways

  • Healthcare providers can make use of data visualization to assess past and present medical history and improve patient care and outcome.
  • Data visualization in healthcare helps to prevent medical errors and frauds, which if left undetected can lead to fatalities, transaction frauds, and incorrect treatment.
  • Data visualization tools include widgets, interactive dashboards, motion graphics, infographics, and interactive apps.

Studies show that 50 percent of the brain is active in visual processing. Hence, data visualization in healthcare plays a key role in determining medical conditions of patients. It also helps to improve treatment plans and detect errors - if any.

Data visualization is a collection of information that is represented graphically. Elements such as charts, bar graphs, maps, infographics, and much more are used for data visualization. These elements help us understand trends and patterns.

Healthcare data visualization is the graphical representation of the medical data obtained from various sources such as EHR/EMR, wearables, biometrics, patient portals, e-prescription software, and so on.

This data is analyzed by healthcare providers to gain in-depth insights on patients' health and well-being, as a base for determining diagnosis and course of treatment.

How Data Visualization is Transforming the Healthcare Sector

  1. Improved Patient Care

    Data visualization in healthcare provides better insights on patients' medical conditions. By studying this data, healthcare providers determine steps to be taken to improve patient care and outcome.

    If a patient is suffering from hypertension, then a healthcare provider can make use of data visualization to assess past and present medical history. Thus, determine the reasons for hypertension, future possibilities, and how well it can be treated.

    Charts and graphical representations of healthcare data eliminate the need to manually sketch them out and understand medical conditions. Further, data visualization prevents practitioners from missing out on vital information during diagnosis. Moreover, visualization offers real-time data insights, which are useful during emergency cases or drug intolerance conditions.

  2. Medical Error and Fraud Recognition

    According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one-fifth of patients who have access to their ambulatory care notes found a mistake, and out of those, 40 percent reported the mistake to be serious. Medical errors result in deaths, hospitalization, and wrong treatment. Hence, it's necessary to keep medical errors in check and to identify those errors to prevent any mishaps.

    Data visualization in healthcare is a plausible solution to detect errors and avoid them. A complete picture of patients' health data helps to identify mismatched readings and information that seems to be out of place. It also points out incomplete information, so providers can gather data for accurate treatment and medication.

    Furthermore, in the healthcare sector, frauds and data breaches can occur. Hence, to prevent this, data visualization is integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies for fraud detection and prevention. Machine learning analyzes and processes data to extract patterns in no time. AI in healthcare is created to detect fraudulent transactions. These algorithms recognize hidden patterns and predict responses.

  3. Medical Data Representation

    Pictures or any form of visual representations are captured by the human eyes instantly; hence, data visualization is an effective technique to grasp vast medical data instantly. Through graphical representations, data visualization creates effortless and interactive dashboards for analysis.

    Medical data is represented using charts and graphs to understand written reports. Visual representation can be shown to patients and educate them about their medical conditions. Patients are able to grasp their health conditions better through visual data.

    Furthermore, data visualization in healthcare helps to find correlations between varied test results, treatments, and medications. This in turn helps to make informed decisions about care and wellness.

  4. Patterns and Trends Recognition

    Making sense of values and comparing them is a common practice adopted in data visualization techniques. Healthcare providers and clinicians can identify disease patterns of a region or state, as a base for which they can predict future health of a population. Hence, maintaining population health of a region.

    Bar charts are useful for recognizing upcoming trends in the medical field, and for spotting which diseases are rising significantly (or decreasing). Providers can add charts of different hospitals or regions to compare health statuses of the population.

    Trends and patterns recognition can be automated with the help of machine learning tools. ML algorithms can easily give inputs on patient issues, medications, treatments, and diagnoses in real-time.

  5. Predictive Analytics

    According to a study from the Duke University, predictive modeling can identify approximately 5,000 patient no-show appointments; this data helps forecast patient patterns. Healthcare providers can use this data to send reminders to patients frequently to lower the risk of no-shows.  This opens up the schedule for patients seeking better health.

    Predictive analysis has the potential to manage chronic diseases and guide providers to produce therapies for better outcomes.

    Additionally, with data visualization, hospitals and clinics can identify patients who are likely to be readmitted. Prior estimates of readmission allow providers to design strategies such as remote care to prevent unnecessary readmissions.

Graphs and Charts Used in Healthcare Data Visualization

  1. Widgets, Apps, and Websites

    Interactive widgets, apps, and websites are useful when healthcare providers need specific or limited information. It's easy to build a fast, neat, and focused website, app, or widget with minimum settings.

    Interactivity improves patient engagement and enhances the experience. It automates tasks and displays dynamic data without the need to manually input information. Providers can get the latest updates, which help in better decision making. These can be customized per preferences and requirements of providers.

  2. Interactive Dashboard

    Interactive dashboards dig deeper in healthcare data and filter it in several ways. It creates clear figures, which allow providers to make data-driven decisions. Simple headlines on the dashboard help users understand what the data includes.

    Also, dashboards can be shared with patients and multiple healthcare providers, so they can access the data during emergencies. This data is made HIPAA compliant as it contains vital ePHI and failure to do so can lead to adverse effects.

  3. Infographics and Motion Graphics

    Infographics and motion graphics are powerful tools that work best with a large audience. Providers can easily represent medical information with the help of infographics, so people can understand their medical information better.

    Animated videos are easy to understand and have the potential to quickly catch the attention of patients. Moreover, infographics can be best used to educate the public on healthcare and wellness.

To learn more about data visualization in healthcare or to get custom healthcare software developed for your organization, get in touch with Arkenea. With over 10 years of experience in the healthcare software development sector, our team of experts is trained to offer cutting-edge healthcare software for your organization.

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