Three Healthy Visualizations From One Number
We entered Mood 24/7 into the Practice Fusion Patient Driven Data Challenge, because data portability is where health is headed. Especially as bio-sensors become more a part of our daily lives. It just makes sense for people who have decided to engage in their health by recording activity data to be able to have all that data in a centralized location of their choice. We knew that entering the contest would be challenging and fun, but what we didn’t know was that we could come up with three intriguing ways to visualize one number per day.
Big congratulations to Team Critical Systems for their winning entry, the Patient Fusion Sync and thanks to Practice Fusion for putting the Challenge together.
About Mood 24/7
Mood 24/7 uses text messages and a website to help people log and track their moods. Anyone may sign up and select a time to receive daily text messages asking for mood ratings on a scale of one to ten. Text message responses are added to a secure, personal mood chart that can be shared with doctors and loved ones, allowing everyone to see the effects of treatment in real-time.
Three Healthy Visualizations
Data collection needs to be as easy on the user as possible. Receiving a text message and responding with a number between one and ten is probably the easiest data collection interaction, short of a sensor. But how much information can actually be derived from a single number texted once per day? Here are three things that we came up with, and are working to incorporate into Mood 24/7 in the near future:
charts OK so we already have a chart on Mood 24/7, but the Practice Fusion challenge made us look to other web services to push the boundaries on what might be possible. Charts are everywhere in modern medicine, but they could stand to be more interactive: complete with rollovers, milestone markers, and movable date ranges.
daily averages Taking a time stamped text and mapping dates to days of the week will allow an individual to visualize their average mood on a given day. What if you knew that you were always stressed out on Tuesdays, but you didn’t know why? Seeing that your mood is different, during different days of the week can help you engage in improving it.
monthly breakdown How many good days did you have last month? Taking an individual’s daily mood ratings over the course of the last thirty days, and visualizing them against one another in a pie chart allows for internal reflection. If a person is able to visualize that their disposition is not what they’d like it to be, most of the time, they can begin to ask why and take steps to try to change it.
Our entry into the Practice Fusion Patient Driven Data Challenge was definitely a team effort. I’d like to personally thank my boss, Ted Smith for getting us into the challenge (Suck-Up Alert), Mark Silverberg for brainstorming the above ideas with me and for having patience with our process, and Mike Mayernick for working with me to get our entry delivered by midnight Pacific, 3am Eastern… literally.