The Picture of Health: A Data Design Challenge

CHCF launched a data design challenge to promote stimulating visuals that bring to life the story of rising health care costs. Winners have been announced.

March 2012

CHCF is interested in depicting health data in new and inventive ways. To further this goal, we mounted our first health data design competition — The Picture of Health: A Data Design Challenge. Successful entrants explored how CHCF could present health cost data in a compelling and comprehensive manner, targeting policymakers and the public.

Winning entries, seen in the slideshow below with links when available, were:

  • First Place ($5,000) to "The Landscape of Health — Picturing the Cost of Health Care over the Last Generation," submitted by Christian Basa, Kyle Kim, Kwang Pak, and Ryan Roberts from Providence Health and Services Southern California
  • Second Place ($3,000) to "Health Costs USA," submitted by Neil Halloran, web developer and CEO, VisualBudget.org
  • Third Place ($1,000) to "Hospital Care Spending: The Role of Chronic Conditions," submitted by Michael Thompson, founder, Accelerator
  • Honorable Mentions ($500) to five entrants: John Aristizabal; Abby Cajudo; Josh Cothran; Lisa Maiuro; and the team of Amy Neuwelt and Jessica Tomlinson

  • THE LANDSCAPE OF HEALTH - Developed as an interactive presentation and poster by a team at Providence Health System, this first place entry leads the viewer through an engaging story about who pays for health care and what has changed over time. <a href="http://prezi.com/kz6lc1ymfidr/chcf-data-design-challenge/?auth_key=ac12754d060a2d2e6b8cfa33ba2c9bf48d7b258a" target="_blank" style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • HEALTH COSTS USA - An interactive application by Neil Halloran explores who is paying the bill for our nation’s health care, where the money is going, and how it is changing over time. <a href="http://healthcosts.visualbudget.org/" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • THE ROLE OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS - This one-page graphic by Michael Thompson integrates a timeline of key policy decisions (from 1968 to 2009) with the health care costs over the same period. <a href="http://www.chcf.org/resources/download.aspx?id=B45BBF37-391D-453F-BEE3-F7795E22D632" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • THE COST PROBLEM - John Aristizabal layered engaging graphics to zero in on the cost problem in health care and what is driving the increase. <a href="http://www.chcf.org/resources/download.aspx?id=51016681-1EE7-43B1-929C-093B19495410" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • WHY HEALTH CARE COSTS MATTER: A set of attractive infographics by Abby Cajudo capture the story of health care cost inflation, why it matters to policymakers, and the public. <a href="http://www.chcf.org/resources/download.aspx?id=162BE119-DA1B-47AF-9662-DBCB4A9CBB6B" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • HEALTH SPENDING EXPLORER: An interactive application by Josh Cothran depicts how health care costs have changed over time, in particular the reduction in individuals’ out-of-pocket costs as employer based and government coverage expanded. <a href="http://joshcothran.net/chcf/" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • CONVERTING HEALTH DATA INTO DYNAMIC INFORMATION - Lisa Maiuro’s entry examines health care costs across multiple perspectives. Of particular interest: the inclusion of a hospital-specific graph reflecting how much revenue hospitals statewide receive from Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and other sources. <a href="http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/DataChallenge/TableofContents?:embed=y/" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>
  • OBESITY’S IMPACT ON HEALTH COSTS - By contrasting investments in public health with the growth in health care costs, Amy Neuwelt and Jessica Tomlinson make a compelling graphic argument for investment in prevention. <a href="http://public.tableausoftware.com/views/CHCFDataCompetition_PHI/FinalDashboard?:embed=y/" target="_blank"style="color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;">View Entry</a>

A five-member panel judged entries based 40% on their creativity and inventiveness, 30% on their educational components, and 30% on the persuasiveness and elegance of the presentations.

Entrants were required to use portions of the provided data sources, including a the data behind the 2011 edition of CHCF's annual California Health Care Almanac report Health Care Costs 101. Complete contest rules and data sets are available as a Document Download.