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InfoDesign Speaks: Visual Medical Reports

Wired.com recently published a great example of how information design can enhance our daily lives—even our health!  Most medical test results are presented in a familiarly unimaginative report format, consisting of a page or more of Courier New.  The format, combined with the dense medical jargon, is pretty difficult for the average person to interpret.

As Edward Tufte so eloquently states, “We envision information in order to reason about, communicate, document, and preserve that knowledge.”  The easier the information is to comprehend, the easier it is to internalize and act on it.  In the case of medical test results, the ability to comprehend the information is especially critical.

So, why not present them visually?  Wired.com asked this question of two Dartmouth Medical School Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice physicians and a team of designers.  The results are quite stunning!

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