There are only two things in this world that I’ll do anything for – a good story, and a free t-shirt. As such, I’m not new to the Data Geek Challenge Home (first I took on the NBA, then I dug into the ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conference agenda). Here I am for Round 3, and not only did I bring some Healthcare Data, but I spared you all from NSFW images of Game of Thrones characters with bubble charts tastefully photoshopped on top.
For the data set, I pulled in data from the health section of data.gov. I specifically looked for Medicare charge and payment info since they are by far the largest medical payer in the country. Once I had it, I pulled in the data and did a very little cleaning (mostly changed some assumed sums to averages, and cteated a geographic hierarchy (I’ll leave the “how” to the very good official tutorials). Then I tossed together some charts. It didn’t take me very long to notice that I wasn’t finding a whole lot interesting. That’s when I went looking for the lightbulb. You see, in recent versions of Lumira, a “Related Visualizations” button which you can click on, then pick a measure, and it will then tell you what dimensions of your data most influence that measure. It’s a great starting point.
Once I did that, I flipped through the influencers to create some visualizations based on my favorites. I then flipped over to compose to create an infographic on the most interesting things I discovered. A little color never hurt anyone.
It’s not exactly polished, but I was able to put it together very quickly, and if I had any idea what I was talking about I’m sure I could have put even more lipstick on that pig.