Data Visualization Trends in 2021

Data Visualization is the most enthusiastic subject among businesses nowadays. Today, companies are sitting on mountains of data that have a goldmine of knowledge and information. The information, once properly comprehended, can be exceptionally useful for them to make better, data-driven decisions. As its value increases, the number of companies that are turning to the art of data visualization is growing. The healthcare industry is equally influenced by the processes of data visualization. Data visualization can be understood as a process of representing data and information in visual forms such as graphs, charts and diagrams.

In the healthcare setting, professionals turn to data visualization to communicate patient information and other vital resources. This enables healthcare professionals to display critical information in the form of graphs, charts, pictorials and other visuals. Through this system, all the data is passed and processed quickly and efficiently.

In this article, we will cover data visualization trends in the healthcare industry.

Tools For Visualizing Health Data

Data visualization also takes the form of a “dashboard,” which can also be understood as a series of interactive reports that enable decision-makers to easily analyze metrics or scan patterns. Several types of dashboards can be used in health care organizations. Some of these are briefly explained below.

  • Operational Dashboards

Just as the name suggests, an operational dashboard is designed to display the everyday, routine operations of the hospital. It is a monitoring tool used to track constantly evolving processes of the hospital and to monitor the current performance of key metrics. The data is updated quite regularly, sometimes even on a minute-by-minute basis, making the working very quick and efficient. It gives out real-time information about whatever is happening in the hospital at the current moment. All this information and data regarding the routine operations can be seen and reviewed. From base-level information to hospital administration, all the data and information can be checked and reviewed throughout the day. 

  • Strategic Dashboards

A strategic dashboard is a monitoring tool that is commonly used by executives to track the status of main performance indicators. The data of the strategic dashboard is also updated on a recurring basis but at less regular intervals than an organizational dashboard. Just as operational dashboards are used for routine activities, strategic dashboards are especially created to see and review trends and changes of the key indicators. It also provides collective information for quick and easy viewing and reviewing. For instance, a strategic dashboard enables healthcare professionals to review various changes in different items over the months. This can be viewed with regard to different strategies and events. 

  • Analytical Dashboard

An analytical dashboard is a reporting tool used to analyze large volumes of information to enable users to examine trends, predict results, and discover insights. Within business intelligence tools, the use of analytical dashboards is more common because they are typically developed and designed by data analysts. The analytical dashboards work for analysis and bringing similar information together. It includes various data visualization tools for extrapolating or concluding the findings from a large dataset. The analytical dashboard is a mix of various tools and helps in further reviewing and gathering information. This dashboard is efficient enough to comprehend and understand relevant patterns from a wide set of patient medical records which in turn not just makes things quick and easy but also reduces efforts. 

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Health Data Visualization And Other Trends

Keep on reading if you want to understand some of the data visualization trends to look out for in the coming years. 

  • Cloud Computing

Cloud computing provides two-fold benefits to the healthcare industry. It has proved to be helpful for both healthcare providers and patients alike. Looking at the corporate sector, cloud computing has proven to be effective for reducing operating costs while enabling providers to deliver high-quality, personalized treatment. Patients who are increasingly used to the instant delivery of services are now able to take advantage of the same promptness from the health sector. By allowing them to manage their own health records, Cloud also amplifies patient interaction with their own health plans, resulting in better patient results. 

It further breaks down location barriers and provides remote accessibility for improved performance and experience. During the prevention, treatment and recovery process, cloud-based telehealth systems and applications facilitate easy sharing of health data, enhance accessibility and provide patients with healthcare coverage. Having the data of the patient in the cloud also facilitates interoperability between the pharmaceuticals, insurance, and payments of the different segments of the healthcare industry. This facilitates the smooth transfer of data between the various stakeholders, thus speeding up the delivery of healthcare and introducing quality in the process. Combined with rapidly emerging technology such as Big Data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the medical internet, cloud computing enhances efficiencies and opens up multiple opportunities to streamline the delivery of healthcare. It improves the availability of services, enhances interoperability and lowers costs.

  • Predictive Analysis

In order to make predictions about the future or the unknown, predictive analytics is the method of learning from historical data. Predictive analytics would allow the right choices to be made for health care, enabling care to be customized to each person. Predictive analytics approximate the likelihood of a prediction based on observations in the historical data rather than only providing information from past events to an end-user, a significant step forward for many personalized health organizations. This helps physicians, financial analysts, and administrative staff to get a “head up” on future situations before they happen, and make decisions on how to proceed with forward-thinking. In emergency treatment, surgery and intensive care, the importance of predictive modeling in healthcare can easily be observed, where a patient’s outcome is directly linked to the rapid response and acute decision-making of the care provider when or if the condition takes an unexpected turn for the worse. Leveraging predictive analytics will alter the dynamics of power between patients and doctors. For fear of losing decision-making power or liability issues, if doctors do not readily implement predictive analytics, then patients will go straight to the algorithms to find their own answers. But the accuracy and reliability of these recommendations need to be trusted by consumers.

  • Strategy And Integration

Strategy and integration compare various types of data and create and deliver comprehensive, patient-specific care plans simpler for the care providers. A provider may, for example, display the medical history of a patient, and then compare it with other patients with similar conditions against the projected patterns and trajectories. The reviews of the data visualization effectively check and verify various data points and apply information gained to make improved patient care decisions. 


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In this sophisticated digital age, data visualizations have become a critical part of the business world and an ever-increasing part of managing our everyday lives!

In addition, data visualization trends and data analysis will also assist in preventing any fraud, excessive expenses, or waste and misuse of funds. Seeing that the healthcare sector is a big aspect of life, those who commit some fraud in terms of their benefits, bills, etc. are likely to be, and there is always the risk of wasting too much on a single field or event. What helps with data analysis is to prevent certain circumstances so that the industry can work properly and have sufficient facilities.

Also, it’s important to have in mind that it’s a tedious job to record and interpret all medical data, even with the aid of advanced technologies, and due to the various types of data available, there will still be a mistake or inadequacy.

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