Data-Driven Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities for Interactive Visualization


This article in IEEE Computing Edge is a reprint of the earlier paper by the same title published in IEEE CG&A in 2016. It was selected by IEEE from across all other IEEE publications as a highlight for the Computing Edge readership.

The healthcare industry’s widespread digitization efforts are reshaping one of the largest sectors of the world’s economy. This transformation is enabling systems that promise to use ever-improving data-driven evidence to help doctors make more precise diagnoses, institutions identify at risk patients for intervention, clinicians develop more personalized treatment plans, and researchers better understand medical outcomes within complex patient populations. Given the scale and complexity of the data required to achieve these goals, advanced data visualization tools have the potential to play a critical role. This article reviews a number of visualization challenges unique to the healthcare discipline.

IEEE Computing Edge (January 2017)