In Tableau you can do powerful analysis with all your data with simple gestures and a few clicks, never having to program. The video shows how I demonstrated my findings. First, I used a scatterplot to show all doctors who prescribe opioids (over 700,000 of them!). Using Tooltip Selections, I extracted incredible insight by highlighting any doctor’s peers, by County and Specialty. For example, I was able to show how Dr. Mark Murphy, previously accused of over-prescription, compares to other doctors in pain management and those in Morgan, Alabama.
Moving onto the map, I showed that West Virginia has the highest overdose rate. But, as revealed in the Viz In Toolip launched in January with Tableau 10.5, Maryland has the highest opioid overdose rate. My story continued by looking at Maryland in detail. Synthetic opioid overdoses in 2017 were 106% higher than in 2016.
With a few clicks, I arrived at powerful insights that allowed me to broaden my questions, like how can we stop this shocking rise? Could we create new intervention plans to reduce the number of opioids being prescribed? With the data available, I drilled down to the highest prescribers in Maryland: would these be the doctors we could target, to attempt to come up with new ways to break the pipeline between prescription, addiction and, tragically, overdoses?
Check out the interactive version yourself here.