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"The Cost of Getting Sick" [ge.com] is a a new data visualization tool developed in collaboration with Ben Fry, Director of Seed Visualization. It enables the exploration of some the 6 million patient records currently stored in GE's proprietary electronic medical records database.

The online interactive tool allows users to slide a bar to select one's age and then select parts of the pie chart in order to investigate a more complete picture of the actual costs associated with a wide range of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression, and hypertension.

A short, slick interview with Ben Fry regarding GE's two recent data visualizations can be watched below.

See also Visualizing the Major Health Issues Facing Americans Today and On the Origin of Species.

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3 COMMENTS

Hm! I am afraid I don't quite get it. What does the radius of each wedge indicate?

Mon 23 Nov 2009 at 8:22 PM

It's pretty and colorful, but there is little information to be gained from it. There are also data problems. I've written an in-depth critique: The Cost of Sick Chart

Tue 24 Nov 2009 at 2:04 AM

France Telecom should do the same as GE, can avoid future tragedies.

Tue 24 Nov 2009 at 1:46 PM
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