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The latest generation of Visual Data Analytics software finally improved the user experience for non-techies and a people who do not want to become experts in how to use the tool.  The paradigm-change caused by better usability is that now more decision-makers, front-line operators, and big thinkers from around the organization have the Visual Data Analytics software at their fingertips.  Curiosities can be quickly measured.  New ideas can be tested and legitimized, -or discarded.  All…

Prerequisites: 1) You’ve already downloaded a data file. 2) You remember where you put it. and 3) You know what type of file it is. The Connect to Data Screen Start the Tableau Desktop Application & Connect to the Data If you have trouble finding your file in Tableau, double check that you selected the correct file type from the menu. For example if your data is a “.csv” , choose Text File. Otherwise, the…

Pre-Computing Era Practitioners of the healing arts have documented care for various purposes for thousands of years.  For example, the 3,500 year-old Ebers Papyrus contains herbs and recipes for the healers of that time. However, paper based records have several challenges as a medium to store medical data. These are still true today: Paper records are not easily shared, and can only be used by one person at a time. Paper tales up a lot of space and it doesn’t scale easily. This means when…

The HIPAA Privacy Rule describes patient rights and protections pertaining to healthcare information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of protected health information(PHI): verbal, written, electronic, and pantomime(not tested in court). However, note that the Privacy Rule only applies to persons and organizations that meet the definition of a Covered Entity or Business Associate. To meet the definition of Protected Health Information(PHI), there must be: 1) An individual’s identifier, also known as PHI, and…