Harvard Medical School Faculty Members at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Choose Tableau Software’s Visual Analytics for Drug Safety Data


Data Visualization Enhances Analysis for Harvard Medical School Faculty, Students and Research Assistants

Publish Date: September 14, 2012 - 9:00am

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has selected Tableau Software to see and understand data in new ways. BWH, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, uses the business intelligence software to analyze drug safety data. The insights they discover are shared in academic journals, at conferences, and with clinicians, policy-makers and others in the healthcare field. BWH chose Tableau based on its ability to easily combine data sources and its ease of use.

Faculty, students and research assistants use Tableau to analyze hundreds of millions of rows of raw data stored in Netezza, SAS and Excel. Real-time filtering capabilities allow for more interactive presentations, while Tableau’s visualization capabilities also lend well to static images when necessary for written reports.

“Tableau has changed the way we work with data,” said Jeremy Rassen, ScD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “Its usability is phenomenal. The simple design of the software was well-thought-out and makes it very easy for all of our researchers to use, across a range of technical skill levels.”

The group at BWH is also using Tableau to geographically visualize data such as healthcare policies by state or county or how a particular drug is being used across the United States. Tableau’s data visualization allows them to gain new insights about data and this oftentimes opens up new questions and in-depth analysis.

“Faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital are performing incredibly important drug safety research that’s resulting in millions of data points,” said Elissa Fink, Chief Marketing Officer at Tableau Software. “With Tableau, tables of numbers can come to life in a visual way, making it easier for the experts to spot outliers and draw conclusions that have a positive impact on the health of our society.”

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