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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(1), 18; doi:10.3390/ijerph13010018

SalHUD—A Graphical Interface to Public Health Data in Puerto Rico

Department of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan 00936, Puerto Rico
Department of Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus, Bayamón 00959, Puerto Rico
School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan 00936, Puerto Rico
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference (MHHDGC), National Harbor, MD, USA, 1–3 December 2014.
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Academic Editors: Mark Edberg, Barbara E. Hayes, Valerie Montgomery Rice and Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 14 August 2015 / Revised: 21 September 2015 / Accepted: 10 October 2015 / Published: 22 December 2015
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Purpose: This paper describes SalHUD, a prototype web-based application for visualizing health data from Puerto Rico. Our initial focus was to provide interactive maps displaying years of potential life lost (YPLL). Methods: The public-use mortality file for year 2008 was downloaded from the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics website. Data was processed with R, Python and EpiInfo to calculate years of potential life lost for the leading causes of death on each of the 78 municipalities in the island. Death records were classified according to ICD-10 codes. YPLL for each municipality was integrated into AtlasPR, a D3 Javascript map library. Additional Javascript, HTML and CSS programing was required to display maps as a web-based interface. Results: YPLL for all municipalities are displayed on a map of Puerto Rico for each of the ten leading causes of death and for all causes combined, so users may dynamically explore the impact of premature mortality. Discussion: This work is the first step in providing the general public in Puerto Rico with user-friendly, interactive, visual access to public health data that is usually published in numerical, text-based media. View Full-Text
Keywords: health data; visualization; Javascript health data; visualization; Javascript

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Ortiz-Zuazaga, H.G.; Arce-Corretjer, R.; Solá-Sloan, J.M.; Conde, J.G. SalHUD—A Graphical Interface to Public Health Data in Puerto Rico. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 18.

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