BIG data is propagated with every piece of technology we use, be it web surfing at home to purchasing coffee on the way to work. The potential for insight is immense! We at the Data School began to understand what the buzz was all about. Our challenge this week was to query 500 million UK GP prescriptions efficiently from the highly performing database Exasol.
In recent years, newspapers reported limited access to medical treatment in some areas of the UK for cancer, dementia and IVF patients. This circumstance is commonly referred to as the NHS postcode lottery. Several attempts have been made to prevent these disparities since when it first began in the 1990s, but did they succeed?
I decided to assess healthcare availability by performing a case study on IVF. Filtering the database for hormone prescriptions which specifically stimulate reproduction, I created a Tableau extract to query the dataset locally.
Here are some of the highlights:
· To my surprise the distribution of prescriptions given to this date do not span across the whole nation – there are many empty spaces on the map.
· We see a steep increase number of treatments given in 2010 and gentle fall to today’s below average values.