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How the NHS utilises data visualisation 

Data is one of the most critical components for sound decision-making. However, too much data can be challenging to sort through to determine what is essential. That is where data visualisation is most beneficial. Even the National Health Service (NHS) makes use of data visualisation to help them make their decision-making process more manageable. Today we will look at how data visualisation has helped the NHS with its decision-making.

When presenting data, one of the best methods is through the use of graphical representation, and that is what data visualisation is. Data visualisation uses visual elements such as graphs, charts, and maps to focus on essential information.

One of the key advantages of using data visualisation to share information is that it allows you to gain context and makes the information easier to understand and interpret. Data visualisation also helps provide narratives and highlight specific trends or outliers by making them easier to see than would be possible if the data were to be textually presented.

So let us look at how the NHS has used data visualisation to assist them in their decision-making.

Analysing and Sharing Data

Data visualisation is especially useful in the case of large volumes and a variety of data, as is the case with the NHS. Operating on such a nationwide scale means dealing with a large mass of data that can be difficult to analyse and share due to the sheer density of the information. Data visualisation helps make this easier by using charts and graphs that make large amounts of information easily understandable.

By looking at how the data falls on the graphs and charts, analysis is more accessible and straightforward; you can spot trends and identify outliers more easily. For example, by analysing statistics on hospital occupancy levels, it is easier to make a more informed decision on resource allocations and help reduce waiting time for patients by directing them to hospitals with fewer patients.

Patient Identification

Using the large data scale, as mentioned in the previous point, data visualisation has helped the NHS identify potential clinical trial participants. By utilising graphical elements and visuals to more efficiently analyse a large amount of available data, the NHS can more readily find the right people among the many who volunteer.

By identifying the cross-section of patients who meet the inclusion criteria from the data visualisation, the NHS can determine if a volunteer is eligible for a clinical trial. That makes the process of finding suitable candidates easier and increases the overall efficiency of the clinical trial.

COVID-19 Tracking

During the pandemic, the NHS used data visualisation techniques to map out COVID-19 patient data to understand better and follow the spread of COVID-19. This method of data presentation allowed the NHS to track geographical locations where the spread was higher and identify areas where COVID levels were higher to contain the spread of the pandemic better.

Using analysing timeline data, the NHS can track the spread of COVID-19 over time to see trends and outliers. This clearer picture allows the NHS to make better-informed decisions and plan for future outbreaks placing essential equipment such as ventilators and oxygen tanks in locations where patients most need them.

These are just some ways that Data Visualisation has helped the NHS in its decision-making process. To learn more about the effective use of Data Visualisation and how to take advantage of it, look at some of our other articles.

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