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Data-Driven Healthcare: How Analytics and BI are Transforming the Industry by Laura B. Madsen

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APPENDIX F Data Visualization Guide

This appendix will provide you with a starting template to create your own data visualization guide. The text is provided; you complete it by including your organization's branding, color palette, and sample graphs.

Table of Contents

Purpose of This Document 174
Section One: Your Organization Brand Requirements 175
Examining Distributions 175
When to Use Bar Graphs 176
When to Use a Pie Graph 176
When to Use Pareto Charts 177
When to Use a Histogram 177
When to Use a Time Plot or Line Graph 178
When to Use a Combination Graph 178
Examining Relationships 179

Purpose of this document

Your organization's goal is to become a data-driven healthcare organization. Data-driven means that information must be consumable and contextual, to encourage action that will modify behavior over time. This guide provides developers of dashboards with a set of standards for your organization to ensure a consistent and compelling work product. There are too many visuals to reference in this document, but it's important to keep in mind who your audience is. Not all visuals are created equal, and in most cases simple is better than complex. Remember, most users will not be able to consume more than three variables at a time, and time itself is a variable. That's why complex boxplots and heatmaps are not recommended in most data visualization situations.

Section One: Your Organization Brand Requirements

  • Primary Color Palette
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