Dashboards from Sparklines: All Systems Go!

Dashboards will have several uses in the EMR environment.

  • ICUs for displaying those 3-page wide flowsheets of clinical data: intake, output, vital signs, lab, drips, PCA.
  • Chronic disease overviews: lab, home monitoring results, vital signs, prompts for next lab or immunization
  • Quality Improvement: compliance with standards, progress toward targets, peer comparisons
  • Pay for Performance: Budget, progress toward targets, return on investment
  • Management dashboards: trends, year-to-year comparisons, key performance indicators

Here are some nice examples

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Traffic light (colored dots of red) in the second column. Sparklines in the third column. Bullet graphs in the rightmost columns.

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Microbar graphs on the lowest row, with sparklines just above them.

After you sketch out a new dashboard with pencil and paper, you may want to dress it up to show off before you start spending engineer time on it.

Here is a nice PowerPoint template for making high-fidelity wireframe mock-ups.
Download Dashboard Template

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