Thursday, March 29, 2012

Infographic or Data Visualization?

What's the difference between an infographic and a data visualization? Robert Kosara, Associate Professor of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte, explains it well on his blog. He says, "The visualization is created by a tool that can be applied to many datasets, the infographic is hand-crafted for a particular dataset."

HealthLandscape creates data visualizations

With HealthLandscape, you can:
  • Use the tools again and again for multiple data sets.
  • Update your custom map at any time with more current data.
  • Interact with your data to better understand it.
    • View your data at multiple levels: state, county, census tract, or census block group.
    • Add our data layers to your data.
And you can do all of this without being a designer or a GIS professional!

We'd like to help you visualize your data. Contact us at

Sidenote: Be sure to read the comments on Robert's post. His ZIPScribble maps are pretty cool too.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Open Government, Accessible Data: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Making data open and accessible is a core value at HealthLandscape. We believe you should have full access to public data, in usable form.

Implementation of the Obama administration's 2009 Open Government Directive—which encourages transparency, collaboration, and participation by increasing access to government information—is now underway. The Department of Health and Human Services is inviting individuals to contribute their ideas to HHS's next Open Government Plan via an online survey:

Take advantage of this opportunity to let your voice be heard. Better hurry, though—deadline is April 9.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hamilton County Public Health Launches the Community AHEAD Data Portal

Hamilton County Public Health, a public health department that serves more than 460,000 residents in the Greater Cincinnati area, recently partnered with HealthLandscape to create a data portal called Community AHEAD (Community Access to Hamilton County Epidemiology & Assessment Data).

Community AHEAD is a web-based, interactive tool that makes public health data accessible to Greater Cincinnati residents and community leaders. It presents a complete picture of community health at the neighborhood level using maps, charts, graphs, and tables.

Community AHEAD's map view showing neighborhood-level public health data on injuries due to falling.

Community leaders access the data portal to identify and prioritize specific patient populations. Hamilton County Public Health staff epidemiologists maintain and update the data portal regularly, which ensures that the data is current and continually relevant to the communities that Hamilton County Public Health serves.

Community AHEAD grew out of a collaboration between local hospital systems and Hamilton County Public Health. Hospitals, which are required to complete a community health assessment every three years, provided public health information to Hamilton County Public Health, which stored and collected the data. Hamilton County Public Health then worked with our subject matter experts Mark Carrozza and Jené Grandmont to develop Community AHEAD as a means to share the collated data with the reporting hospitals and the community.

HealthLandscape has developed data portals for other agencies, including the Kentucky Primary Care Association. Additional data portals are currently in development. We build the portals on the HealthLandscape platform, which enables us to incorporate the power of geographic information systems (GIS) into each portal.

Contact us at info@healthlandscape to inquire about our data portal development services or call 513.322.5141.