Exploring the VEHSS Interactive Application

Selecting a Location and Dataset

Start exploring VEHSS data by selecting a location in drop-down menu #1 as shown in the image below.

  1. Location
    • All Available Locations
      If you select “All Available Locations” from the Location drop-down menu, you will see a National data value and data values for every state, territory, and the District of Columbia on the map, chart, or table.
    • National = (United States, District of Columbia, and US Territories)
      Selecting “National” from the Location drop-down menu is different than selecting “All Available Locations.” “National” shows a single value for the entire United States (i.e., an aggregate estimate of all US locations). Therefore, you will see a single data value displayed in the chart and table when you select “National.” No map view is associated with this location.
    • Any state, territory, or District of Columbia
      Select a state, territory, or the District of Columbia from the Location drop-down menu to explore data for one location at a time.

After selecting a location, continue to make selections in the following order:

  1. Data Type
  2. Data Source
  3. Topic
  4. Category
  5. Indicator

Screenshot showing the primary application menu that drives the interactive application

Because the interactive application is data-driven, each drop-down menu will populate based on the previous selection (9). If only one option is available, then the drop-down menu will automatically populate. When all your selections are made, click the GO button (8) to view the data visualization.

Use the Data Source Information (10) and Category Definition links (11) to view more information about the data you selected from the drop-down menus.

Screenshot showing the Data Source Information and Category Definition links

Filtering the Data

After making selections at the top of the page and clicking the GO button, the page will jump to the visualization generated below. Use the filters on the left side as demonstrated in the image below to drill down into the data. You can filte­­r the data by:

  1. Year
  2. Subgroup (for claims and Electronic Health Records data) or Response (for survey data)
  3. Age Group
  4. Gender
  5. Race/Ethnicity
  6. Risk Factor
  7. Risk Factor Response
  8. Data Type

Choose your filters and click “Apply Filters(12) to update the data visualization. To reset the visualization back to the default options, click the “Reset link (13).

Screenshot of the application filter panel

When exploring Claims or Electronic Health Records (EHR) data, the second filter option will be “Subgroup,” which defines the type or severity of a vision and eye health category. When exploring survey data, the second filter option will be “Response,” which reflects the participant responses to each indicator. The “Risk Factor Response” indicates how a participant or patient responded to having a specific Risk Factor (i.e., Diabetes, Smoking, or Hypertension).

The options available in each filter drop-down menu vary by the Data source, Topic, Category, and Indicator selected at the top of the page. Therefore, you may not see the same filter options for every data scenario.

Visualization Title

A title appears above the visualization (14) as shown in the image below and changes as selections are applied at the top of the page and in the filter panel. The visualization title includes the following information:

  • Line 1: Indicator
  • Line 2: Subgroup (for claims and EHR data) or Response (for surveys)
  • Line 3: Location | Year | Data source
  • Line 4: Data Value Type
  • Line 5: Age group |Gender | Race/Ethnicity | Risk factor – Risk Factor Response
  • Line 6: Compare by variable(s) (if applicable)

Screenshot showing an example of map and how primary menu and filter panel selections help generate the data visualization title

If the default “All” value for Age group, Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and/or Risk Factor are selected, then the default value will not display in the visualization title (15). Only values that differ from the default “All” value are displayed in the visualization title.