Syndromic Surveillance & Covid-19 Caveats

This article is part of the Syndromic Surveillance and Covid-19 collection on Thoughtfaucet. There are caveats to all data projects. I do not believe any of these undermine the work and thinking. But they are important to note (and I hope you mention other caveats as well–it improves the project) and discuss if necessary. But […]

Syndromic Surveillance and Covid-19

During the Covid-19 outbreak of early 2020 I started working on some graphs with data about the NYC emergency department case counts. This page is a collection of the different aspects of that project. Initial Graph: Was the potential presence of Covid-19 visible in syndromic surveillance data from NYC’s EpiQuery? Graph: What is the increased […]

Loadband, an information design pattern for showing intensity of real world factors

This article is part of the Syndromic Surveillance and Covid-19 collection on Thoughtfaucet. While working on my “Estimating Future ER Load” information design I wanted a way to show how many cases of influenza-like illness an emergency department was capable of handling over a given time. One of doing this might be to examine previous […]

Coronavirus: Estimating future ER load in NYC

The above graph uses the NYC Health EpiQuery data (ILI case counts) as of 1:47pm EST March 24, 2020 and the NYC Health & Mental Hygiene’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Daily Data Summary (tested positive Covid-19 and Covid-19 deaths) as of 9:45am March 24, 2020. This article is part of the Syndromic Surveillance and Covid-19 […]

Why do ad clicks not match up with Google Analytics data?

This is a question I get just about every week. Someone has an advertising distributor that charges by and reports by clicks. Those clicks don’t match up to the number in Google Analytics. Much worry ensues. Here’s my standard answer on this topic, it covers most sitatuations:   Ad clicks and GA data: Differences between […]

Pattern Recognition: Entryways

Anything that flows information or physical objects in one direction, can likely feed them in the other direction as well. Often this is clear and obvious, but in moments when time and attention are not available the “opposite direction” is less obvious. Learning to identify the pattern of Entryways can be useful in strategic considerations. In a defensive […]

Makerspaces and Hackathons in Vermont

I was recently asked to do a “sketchnote” for a panel discussion in my town, Burlington Vermont. For those not up on the latest buzzwords, sketchnoting is basically doodling while an event is going and letting other people see your doodles. It has something to do with visual thinking. Or doodling. Either way it’s pretty […]