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Ben Fry and Phyllotaxis recently released this impressive online visualization that shows the statistical connections between related medical conditions. The Health Visualizer [ge.com] focuses on the major health issues facing Americans today, by allowing users to compare demographics (i.e. gender, age), risk factors (i.e. body mass index, smoking), diseases and conditions (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke).

While the visual and the animations seem simple at first sight, the real strength lies in empowering users to explore the many (often causal) relationships between different sets of statistical data in an intuitive way.

RT blprnt.

Coincidence or a bug? The (labels of the) age distribution from "No Diabetes" and "No Hypertension" are exactly the same?

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4 COMMENTS

It could be me, but these visualizations are somewhat confusing. What does each person stand for? I guess it breaks down from some larger total, but it is unclear what the numerator stands for--U.S. pop? Adults? G.E. database of 10,000?

Wed 20 May 2009 at 6:28 AM
Robert

I agree with Robert. I think this would be much better as a standard mosaic plot (with just colored rectangles as opposed to people). All that whitespace doesn't help me see the overall area easily.

I realize they have a cute little motion effect on those people... but they could just as easily done that with squares that were part of the whole.

But overall and nice design. Nice interaction.

Wed 20 May 2009 at 8:33 AM

hmmm... i don't agree with kim & robert, as a family doctor i can say that this is a great way of picturing the data that we have to manage everyday, it's easy to show to our patients and to be understood by them. it's always better to learn by watching something...
thank you for this link!
regards from santiago de chile.

Thu 21 May 2009 at 1:11 AM
Heitmann

I'm puzzled by these stats because the suggest that the female population is significantly larger than the male population, even at young age brackets.

Mon 08 Jun 2009 at 10:52 AM
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