BRFSS-Data-Presentation-and-Visualization


InstantAtlas: Presentation Solutions for Behavioral Risk Factor Data (BRFSS)*

InstantAtlas is an inexpensive, powerful data visualization and presentation tool. It enhances the value of data by making national, state and sub state patterns easy to see and explore.

InstantAtlas is well-established around the world and used by international, regional and local public health organizations.

InstantAtlas has already been adopted in the United States as a solution of choice in 25 state departments of health, at the C.D.C. and H.R.S.A. Internationally it is used by national, regional and local health agencies and schools of public health to present health data on their web sites.

This software is ideal for behavioral risk factor surveillance, maternal and child health, vital statistics, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, cancer and immunization registries, injury prevention, hospital discharge data; healthcare monitoring and environmental public health tracking.

Simple to implement

You can take data from a spreadsheet, add your boundary file, publish an InstantAtlas stand-alone dynamic report and place it on your web site or intranet. Typically, this can all be done in less than a day. The software itself is intuitive: You do not need any special technical knowledge or training. And for preparing your data, you use familiar tools.

InstantAtlas comes with ready-to-use templates that can be customized with the Designer module. You only buy the templates that you need to present your data. Output your data in Adobe Flash or HTML5 formats for maximum accessibility.

If you currently have a data query system in place or in development, consider InstantAtlas as a valuable component for integration into your current system.

If you have a large number of indicators to manage you can upgrade to InstantAtlas Server to improve your data management process and deliver data 'live' to dynamic reports. With InstantAtlas Sever, you have a database-driven information system, data portal and area profiling applications, allowing viewers to query, view and download data in many different ways.

GeoWise have been working in the UK and internationally for over 16 years delivering innovative, market-leading data reporting and visualization solutions for location-based statistical data. We offer off-the-shelf products designed specifically to make it easy and fast for you to deliver visual data using interactive maps, charts, tables and area profile reports.


BRFSS examples

We have included some recent BRFSS examples below, some of which are live operational applications; others are demonstration samples to show the power and flexibility of InstantAtlas. Click on the images below to view the reports.


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CDC Disability Data : Smoking Status - 5 year average

LIVE (Flash)

Disability Data : Current Flu Vaccine - 1 year at a time

LIVE (Flash)

CDC-Single-Map-Smoking-and-Tobacco-Smoking-Status-Current-Smoker-Among-Adults-with-Disability-2011  

CDC-Disability-Data-Current-Flu-Vaccine-1-year-Report

Scale: National, by state (with filters for each region)

Purpose: This Single Map template provides a single map view of current and historical BRFSS state data. Here it is presented to highlight disparities between disabled and non-disabled populations in the United States. This template is ideally suited to viewing and exploring time series data and comparing trends.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Scale: National, by state

Purpose: Provides a double map view of data to explore the relationships between indicators and helps explore the position of specific data points within each dataset. In this case, the report opens first on Flu vaccination data. You can then select which other indicators you wish to compare using the data buttons beside each map.

InstantAtlas Template: Double Map - Flash - HTML

Read the CDC case study

Idaho BRFSS Chronic Disease & Conditions Report

LIVE (HTML5)

Informed Alaskans - BRFSS Atlases

LIVE (HTML5)

idaho-brfss-data-state-health-atlas

Alaska-BRFSS-Quality-of-Life-Atlas

Scale: State, by public health districts

Purpose: This Single Map HTML template provides a single map view of current and historical BRFSS risk factor survey response rates for each public health district in Idaho. County boundaries are added for reference and A Google map layer is added for background context. Explore the rankings in the bat chart and the data trends presented in the interactive time-series chart.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Scale: State, by public health districts, MMSA’s, boroughs/census areas and other levels

Purpose: A suite of reports providing single map, double map and area profile views to present the health status of Alaskans. The user can also specify whether to view actual prevalence estimates (termed "crude rates") or age-adjusted estimates.

Read the Informed Alaskan Casestudy | Watch the Informed Alaskan Webcast

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Virginia BRFSS Data Map

LIVE (Flash)

BRFSS: Healthy Vermonters 2020

LIVE (Flash)

Virginia-brfss-data-atlas

Healthy-Vermonters-2020

Scale: State, by counties, with dynamic filtering by health region

Purpose: Present the health status of Virginians based on their survey responses between 2011 and 2012.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Scale: State, by counties, hospital service areas and health district offices

Purpose: This award winning site includes InstantAtlas Single Map templates. This report reviews the health objectives of Vermonters in pursuing different levels of physical activity spanning ten years between 2000 and 2010. Unlike other reports, the coloring here reflects data with is statistically different from the state mean, which makes the data easier to interpret.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

USA State BRFSS Data 2003-2010

DEMO (Flash)

USA State BRFSS Data 2003-2010

DEMO (HTML5)

USA-State-Map-with-BRFSS-Data-2003-2009

BRFSS-Data-Risk-Behavior-Data-Health-Profile-InstantAtlas-Demo

Scale: National, by state (with filters for each region)

Purpose: This Single Map template provides a single map view of current and historical BRFSS state data. It is ideally suited to viewing and exploring time series data and comparing trends.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Scale: National, by state (with filters for each region)

Purpose: This HTML5 version of the Single Map template contains the same data as the Flash report on left. It is suitable for more recent browser versions (e.g. Internet Explorer 9+) and will work on I-Pads and other mobile devices. This template also includes a special Feature Card (State Data) panel which can be visually adapted for a variety of graphical presentations.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

BRFSS: MMSA's Single Map 2010

DEMO (Flash)

CDC | Trends in Diabetes & Risk Factors

LIVE (Flash)

BRFSS-MMSA's-Single-Map-2009

CDC-Diabetes-Atlas-Texas-County-Level

Scale: Metro and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSA)

Purpose: This Single Map template provides a single map view of current and historical BRFSS MMSA data. It is ideally suited to viewing and exploring time series data and comparing trends. This example shows the effective use of using colored points for the data instead of polygons.

InstantAtlas Template: Single Map - Flash - HTML

Scale: National by state, by counties

Purpose: These “Maps & Motion Charts” allow the user to view BRFSS-sourced data and trends for diagnosed diabetes (new and existing cases), obesity, and leisure-time physical inactivity at national, state, and county levels. Published by the CDC, This is one of the best examples of using the dramatic effect of data visualization and time animations to sensitize the public and policy makers of alarming health trends in certain states.

InstantAtlas Template: Bubble Plot Simple Configuration - Flash - HTML

USA State Health Profiles 2010

DEMO (Flash)

USA Cancer Incidence Data with BRFSS Risk Behavior Data

DEMO (Flash)

United-States-InstantAtla-Health-Profiles-Demo

CDC-Diabetes-Atlas-Texas-County-Level

Scale: National, by state (with filters for each region)

Purpose: Health profiles are an increasingly popular way of presenting snapshot overviews of health, especially in Europe. Data here is presented for each state. After selecting the state, a 'spine chart' health summary shows the differences in health between the state and the median all other states. The position the symbol for the each data value is seen relative to median values and quartiles. By selecting a specific health indicator in the main data table, the maps and charts are refreshed in the left panels.

InstantAtlas Template: Area Profile (Variant) - Flash - HTML

Scale: National, by state

Purpose: This report provides a double map view of data. Using an Excel spreadsheet, simply combining data from an existing behavioral risk factor report with CDC/NCI incidence data can make powerful statements. In this first view (click on image) state smoking prevalence and incidence of renal cancer are compared.

InstantAtlas Template: Double Map - Flash - HTML

If you are interested in considering using the InstantAtlas dynamic style of data presentation in your organization, please call John Bartholomew at GeoWise today.

Toll-Free from US and Canada: 1-800-961-8948 (until 12.30 pm EST. Monday-Friday) or +44 131 524 7250

Email: john.bartholomew@geowise.co.uk

What does it cost?

You pay a one-time license fee for the software. You can publish as many reports as you want on your website. You only pay for the software components you need. A complete stand-alone solution typically ranges in price from US$ 4,350-8,620, depending on the functionality required. Our website explains our pricing:

A few of the health organizations using InstantAtlas:

Toll-Free from US and Canada: 1-800-961-8948 (until 12.30 pm EST. Monday-Friday) or +44 131 524 7250

Email: john.bartholomew@instantatlas.com

Global Health Observatory, Geneva, Switzerland

Public Health Organization, Washington, USA

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Alabama Department of Public Health

Alberta Public Health and Wellness, Canada

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Arizona Department of Health Services

Association of Public Health Observatories, UK

California Department of Public Health

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Hilltop Institute, University of Maryland, USA

East Carolina University, Center for Health Services Research

Florida Department of Health

University of North Florida

German Association of Epidemiological Cancer Registries (GEKID), Lübeck

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Ministries of Health: New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Peru

Mississippi State Department of Health

Missouri Cancer Registry, University of Missouri-Columbia

Montana Department of Health and Human Services

National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland

New York State Department of Health

Ohio Department of Health

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Information Unit, University of Adelaide, Australia

University of Texas School of Public Health

Vermont Department of Health

Virginia State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (Univ. of Washington)

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

Wyoming Department of Health

Option 1: InstantAtlas Desktop

Option 2: InstantAtlas Server

  1. Inexpensive and easy to implement, the solution is in widespread use internationally
  2. Simple and quick to create report outputs for live web publication - create as many reports as you like using different geographies at no additional cost
  3. Reports are richly interactive, visually appealing and easy to use
  4. Minimise IT implications - simply publish a set of static files on your existing web site
  5. The solution is designed for analysts to publish and maintain outputs using familiar tools like Microsoft Excel and Access
  1. Larger scale server-based solution to support both health and any other locality-based statistics or performance indicators
  2. Data delivered live from a database with ability to support multiple styles of output including flexible area profiles for local county, community or neighborhood reporting
  3. Can be linked into your existing web site and branded accordingly
  4. Complete suite of web-based administration tools to allow multiple administrators to support the application
  5. Can be delivered either as packaged software to implement on-site or as a fully managed service (hosted externally)

About GeoWise and InstantAtlas

GeoWise develops and sells innovative, award-winning products and solutions that manage and present geography and statistics within web browsers. The GeoWise team has a unique blend of skills in data visualization, software, geography and statistics.

InstantAtlas™ improves the management and communication of location-based statistical data. InstantAtlas enables information analysts, researchers and GIS professionals to create highly-interactive web solutions that combine statistics and map data to improve data visualization, enhance communication, and engage people in more informed decision making.


* BRFSS presentation is made by Geowise Limited with data that is in the public domain. There is no implied relationship or co-operation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the creation of these specific reports

Sources:

For BRFSS Survey Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012.

For BRFSS Survey Questions: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaire. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012.