— Forest and the Trees


Had a great time presenting at Boston Flex User Group last night.

Presentation deck

Sample DVS (printing)

Code for dealing w/ resizing, scrolling, and tracking which part of the swf is visible to the user. I will post a better stand alone example soon (really, well, hopefully)

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This is timely. I spoke at the Harvard Interaction Group last week and I forgot to post. The talk went well.

Anyway, for posterity…

Data Visualization for Healthcare
Doug Marttila, Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe ( PatientsLikeMe.com ) will talk about the importance of patient reported data in healthcare; the user experience and architectural challenges he faced at PLM in creating a platform for all diseases; and the design and code used in creating the patient charts.
For more details please check out patientslikeme.com, search for patients with specific conditions, or, click below to see two examples of public patient charts:

PatientsLikeMe is the leading user-reported medical site in the world. With nearly 100,000 members, they have enormous amounts of patient reported data. On April 11, 2011, they released an updated version of their site which can support all of the approximately 3,500 diseases in the world.

Doug Marttila is Lead Visualization Engineer at PatientsLikeMe where he makes many of the user facing charts. He’s been building charts for the web (mostly in Flash) for the past 12 years. His rarely updated blog is forestandthetrees.com.

Thursday, April 21st, 12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
Lamont Forum Room, Lamont Library (wheelchair accessible)
The Lamont Library requires a Harvard ID; visitors will need to pre-register (contact desenne@fas.harvard.edu or nicholas_lamphere@harvard.edu).

We hope to see you there!

Phil Desenne and Nick Lamphere

ABCD Interactive Design and Development User Group



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WSJ article about using social media for health studies. It is all about PatientsLikeMe’s study of the effectiveness of lithium for ALS patients. The PLM article describing the entire study is here. Great stuff and props to the PLM R&D team. (btw – there are charts in the study)

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We just launched a huge update at PatientsLikeMe. Rebuilt a lot of the platform to support all diseases. There are currently about 500 diseases and we will continue to add more. Check it out.

What’s PatientsLikeMe? Check out an about us video.

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I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while. But, looks like infosthetics beat me to it. I’ve been working at PatientsLikeMe for about a year – first consulting and now full time. PatientsLikeMe is a social media site for people w/ serious diseases. There are currently eight main disease communities: ALS, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue System, HIV/AIDS, Mood Conditions (Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD), MS, Parkinson’s, and Organ Transplants. I’m making charts. It’s awesome. I really believe we’re making a difference in people’s lives and contributing to medical discovery. Please take a look at the very nice infosthetics post about us to learn more. I’ll try to start posting more about what we’re doing soon.

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