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The Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (Aragon Health Sciences Institute) is responsible for research and knowledge management in Biomedicine and Health Sciences for the public health system in Aragon. Its purpose is to help drive innovation and improvement in health services through knowledge management.
Which project initially sparked your interest in data visualization?
We were working on an atlas of variation in medical practice in the national health system based on the academic work behind the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care. Our aim was to map unwarranted variation in medical practice.
This meant looking at the most relevant subject areas in health and collecting data on variation. Our main aim was to present this data in a more easy to access and attractive way. So we decided to use an interactive visualization using InstantAtlas.
How did you hear about InstantAtlas?
We had seen how InstantAtlas had been used in other countries such as the UK with the NHS Atlas of Variation and by Public Health England
What kind of data/information are you working with?
We have a clinical hospital administrative data basic minimum data set (MDS) of around 4-5 million annual hospital from 2002 to the present. These are data at the national level, at autonomous community, health district level.
Can you tell us who uses the atlas of variation?
Health professionals in health administration as well as managers and clinicians for decision making.
What was your experience of using InstantAtlas?
We were really pleased with InstantAtlas because we were able to produce an excellent atlas in regards to presentation and visualization of the data.
What are your plans to develop the maps in the future?
We are hoping to explore presentation of hospital data using the double layer feature
What are the benefits of using InstantAtlas?