Visualisation in many ways an alchemical process. Raw base material (data) is taken and put through a fire of code and consciousness to produce something of high value like gold (the visualisation).
The purple area below demonstrates how the SYMPTOM section of an InSyT visualisation would look.
Viewing the gorgeous visualised results of your tracking efforts is best performed on a computer or tablet. (On the other hand, the ubiquitous smartphone provides the perfect tool for input into your InSyT app.)
We will describe here in full what this visualisation does and offers. This example is a small section of a full visualisation. (buttons below)
You can immediately see that the image is fluid. Change the size of the window, and it will adapt and resize accordingly. Every aspect of colour, layout, font size and aesthetics has been meticulously chosen to enhance rapid comprehension of the take-home message.
This enhanced clarity serves both the person doing the tracking and any health professional looking in. Importantly even though this is an App, these results can easily be emailed to your health professional or anyone you choose.
The mind numbing problem of security of online health data is an issue encountered and mostly unsolved by even the big players like Google and Microsoft.
Our policy of openness, learning and transparency required a simple solution to the security issue.
As you can see, your results can be communicated via a simple URL. Results have no personally identifiable information at all. Nor does the input part of your InSyT App. Even the code behind the scenes offers zero tidbits for those programmers and hackers out there.
You can choose up to nine symptoms to track at one time. The name of the symptom (REFLUX in this case) is shown on top. All symptoms are scored from 0-5 and explained in the KEY. This score is plotted on the vertical axis, and the DATE you made an input is shown on the horizontal axis.
All InSyT inputs have a comment and an intervention field. This means you can provide context when you record a symptom score on that day.
Clicking on the yellow circle target will reveal the intervention on that particular DATE (and any additional comment). The solid yellow dots are comments only. Click on the yellow dots on the chart to see these comments and interventions.
It can be challenging to gauge if you are improving or getting worse from some intervention over a time-period, especially if one day is good symptomatically while another is not.
That’s why we introduced a trend line to help clarify this issue.
If the trend line goes up over time, then this is an indication that the symptom is getting worse. An intervention is needed, or it means the current intervention is not working. In this example, however, the trend line is going down. Yippy.
Upcoming articles will elucidate other veins of gold in the full visualisation.
See below to remind you of how symptoms are rated.
If the trendline goes up over time, then this is an indication that the symptom is getting worse. An intervention is needed or it means the current intervention is not working.