Washington, DC - IHME Director Christopher Murray delivered a talk on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) at TEDMED, an annual gathering of leaders and innovators in science and medicine. Using IHME’s online data visualization tools, Dr. Murray presented eye-catching data on a range of health issues in the United States and other countries.
TEDMED is an annual, multi-day event featuring talks and artistic performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which drew more than 1,000 participants this year as well as a large audience around the world watching the event online. TEDMED is a licensee of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the yearly conference that draws speakers from a variety of disciplines.
Dr. Murray’s talk asked, “What does a $100 million public health data revolution look like?” He guided the audience on a tour of several data visualization tools developed by IHME, using them to illustrate the growing toll of obesity in the US and the rapid progress made by China in improving health, among other examples.
Of the many new tools created by IHME, Dr. Murray showed the GBD Arrow Diagram, which gives a side-by-side comparison of health issues in 1990 and 2010; GBD Cause Patterns, a searchable bar graph showing causes of death and disability; and he focused on GBD Compare, a square pie chart paired with maps that allow users to compare causes within a country and across countries.
“This tool allows us to ask questions that we didn’t even know to ask before,” Dr. Murray said.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.