Big Data in Global Health: Steps to get data to audiences

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Health & Medicine

Published on March 29, 2014

Author: peterspeyer


1 Big Data in Health: The Global Burden of Disease Study Peter Speyer @peterspeyer March 29, 2014

Big data in health 2 • Surveys • Censuses • Disease registries • Vital registration • Verbal autopsy • Mortuaries / burial sites • Police records Variety Volume Velocity • Hospital / ambulatory / primary care records • Claims data • Surveillance systems • Administrative data • Literature reviews • Sensor data • Social media • Quantified self

IHME input data cataloged in the GHDx 3

From data to impact 4 Big data Audiences 1. Data access 2. Data preparation 3. Data analysis 4. Data translation Getting relevant data in useful formats to the right audiences

Example: Global Burden of Disease Study • A systematic scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries and risk factors • GBD 2010 results published in The Lancet in 2012 – 291 causes, 67 risk factors – 187 countries – 1990-2010 – By age and sex • GBD 2013 Update in process 5

1. Accessing the data • Systematic identification of all relevant data sources – Data Indexers – Lit reviews • Challenges – Data on paper, PDF, proprietary & obsolete formats – Patient / participant consent – Confidentiality / de-identification – Cost 6 Tristan Schmurr / Flickr CC Chapman / Flickr

2. Preparing data for analysis • Data extraction (databases, tables, papers) • Analysis of microdata • Correction for bias • Data quality issues, e.g. garbage codes • Cross-walks, e.g. between ICDs 7

Demo: Tobacco Viz 8

3. Analyzing data • Use all available data – Use covariates: indicators related to quantity of interest • Test the modeling approach, e.g. predictive validity testing (CODEm) • Apply appropriate corrections, e.g. causes of death to match all-cause mortality • Quantify uncertainty • Review: 1000+ experts, peer-reviewed publication

4. Data translation 10 • Academic papers • Policy reports • Data search engine • Data visualizations – Input data – Comprehensive results – Key insights

Visualization demos 11

Parting thoughts • Grab relevant data and get started – Prep data with Data Wrangler, MS Power BI – Visualize with Tableau Public, Google Fusion – Learn to code: R, Python (analysis), JavaScript (viz) • Check out IHME data sources and GHDx Find resources & contact me at @peterspeyer 12

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