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Business Dashboard - Metrics for Health

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

How simple is it to make a dashboard?   I’m waiting for the diagnosis from my biopsy.  Still the University of Iowa has displayed on a bulletin board in my room a dashboard with some of the vitally important metrics for my condition. 

Date

WBC

Segs

Hgb

Plt

2/26

2.1

 

8.7

187

2/27

1.9

 

8.6

202

2/27

2.5

 

8.0

183

Let me explain as best I can what each of these stand for, yet also realize there’s one that’s blank.  The reason I point out one being blank is that you don’t have to start a dashboard by knowing everything.  In this case Segs are most important once chemotherapy begins. They track your immune system and how it’s doing.  As we’ve not started chemotherapy they’re not tracking this just yet. (I’m favoring of them never starting chemotherapy by the way, however if it’s part of the plan then I’m in.)

WBC stands for White Blood Cells.  Hgb is for hemoglobin and Plt is for Platelets.  I’ll allow you to click on the Wikipedia definitions to refresh your science class understanding of what these do.

Each of these is an important part of my health picture.  It’s not been explained to me which of these are leading or lagging indicators however make sure you have 2 leading to everyone one lagging indicator. 

Your business is different.  What are the important metrics you need to be watching?   What’s the number one priority in your business?  What are you doing to track this with a dashboard

Put it this way.  If you’re business was in the serious health state that I’m in, doesn’t it make sense to have a dashboard to track it?

On a serious note, I’m still awaiting the results.  Hope to have them shortly.  Thanks to everyone for all your prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement.  Forgive me if I’ve not replied personally to yours. 

A friend reminded me of a story by Norman Cousins publisher of the Saturday Evening Review who cured himself of an unknown illness through laughter and vitamins. 

I like this idea of laughter therapy.  Make me laugh!

Plan to update my blog as soon as time permits once I hear my diagnosis.  Thanks for reading.  

Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, priority, leading indicators, Business Dashboards, metrics, lagging indicators

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