Category Archives: Education

05Nov/11

Getting the Word Out with Infographics

An infographic is an information graphic. Wikipedia defines it as a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. I’ve become fascinated with infographics – my last two posts have featured infographics.

Making an infographic is about data visualization. And I don’t mean boring charts or graphs. It involves visually stunning, creative graphic design.  When done well, an infographic is a good way to get the word out in an easily understandable and digestible form.

I find it particularly useful in explaining medical concepts to others. I will be featuring more interesting infographics on this blog as I find them. 🙂

According to Sneh at spyrestudios.com, an infographic has three important parts:

  1. Visual
    • Color Coding
    • Graphics
    • Reference Icons
  2. Content
    • Time Frames
    • Statistics
    • References
  3. Knowledge
    • Facts
    • Deductions

Below is an infographic from Visual Aid. In a simple way, it illustrates how loud (in decibels) various things can be.

I’d like to learn how to make an infographic. My dream is to make one using the National Nutrition Health Examination Survey (NNHES) data. Looking at the anatomy of an infographic, I have the content and knowledge parts – I’ll need help with the visual part. Any volunteers? The NNHES is our score card for chronic non-communicable diseases eg. diabetes, hypertension, stroke etc. We’re not doing so well. 🙁 It’s time to get the word out!

 

02Oct/10

Informatics and the Practice of Medicine

Last May, I gave a presentation on how physicians can make better use of smartphones at the annual convention of the Philippine College of Physicians. This was one of the introductory slides I used.  The points of the star enumerate the new competencies for health professionals as written in the Institute of Medicine document entitled “Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality (2003).” This document opines that to deliver ideal care in the 21st century,

“All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics.”

What is informatics, in particular what is health informatics?

Health informatics is the study and application of methods to improve the management of patient data, medical knowledge, population data and other information relevant to patient care and community health.

Wyatt JC & Liu JLY. J Epidemiol Community Health 2002;56:808-12

I truly believe that informatics will be increasingly important in the practice of medicine. I’m trying to finish my thesis for an MS in Health Informatics: Design and Implementation of a Prototype Web-based Self-Instructional Module. If (!) and when I complete it :) I hope to make a small contribution to educating physicians of the future!