Developing Mindful and Targeted Data Visualizations for Diverse Audiences

Description: 

Tennessee has experienced an increase of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses which has been almost entirely driven by the opioid epidemic. Increased awareness by medical professionals, new legislation surrounding prescribing practices, and mandatory use of the state's prescription drug monitoring program has resulted in a decrease of opioid prescriptions and dosages. Paradoxically, emergency department discharges and inpatient hospitalizations due to opioid overdoses have continued to increase. The Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Informatics and Analytics (TDH OIA) has developed visualizations and reports for opioid overdose surveillance data to enhance communication and timely response by health partners. Through opioid overdose surveillance reporting data briefs we aim to focus not on big data analytics, but rather meaningfully targeted data briefs that illustrate mindful data points and visualizations. These data briefs provide information that is actionable to support decision making across the spectrum of partners involved in responding to Tennessee's opioid epidemic.

Objective: Through opioid overdose surveillance data briefs, we aim to focus on creating meaningful targeted reports that incorporate mindful data points and visualizations for diverse audiences. Data briefs provide information that is actionable to support decision making across the spectrum of partners involved in responding to Tennessee's opioid epidemic. Additionally, visualizations and reporting of opioid overdose surveillance data create pathways and processes for sharing data and opportunities to collaborate with others expertise that enrich communication among multi agency collaborators and interdepartmental partners.

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Original Publication Year: 
2019
Event/Publication Date: 
January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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