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Meredith Daly

Based on Stephen Few’s definition of a dashboard, the Mpilo Central Hospital’s maternity dashboard display could be considered a primitive version of a dashboard. While it is certainly a vast improvement compared to the paper-based system previously in place, there are areas of opportunity. The performance measures have been narrowed down to a single “at-a-glance” page with stoplight indicators. However, it is difficult to detect and interpret trends with the inclusion of so many numbers. It would be helpful if only the year totals were displayed with their indicators in relation to the targets. The monthly data could then be included as drill-down graphical information on a separate page. This would allow the hospital to see how close or far away they are from targets on a monthly basis.