LiveStories Empowers Rapid Responses to Health Crises

LiveStories has updates on the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has infested a Miami neighborhood. (Armin Rodler)

LiveStories has updates on the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has infested a Miami neighborhood. (Armin Rodler)

Keeping a website up-to-date can be challenging enough under normal circumstances. During fast-developing news events or public health crises, communicating the latest information to readers becomes even more essentialand often, more difficult. And for stories with data visualizations, managing the data underlying charts and maps adds an additional layer of challenge. 

The LiveStories platform can be a powerful tool for tracking news and crises. All LiveStories visualizations are generated from a cloud-based dataset on your team homepage. If new data become available, you won't need to go through each chart and map one by one and make changes. You can simply update the underlying dataset with the latest spreadsheet. All visualizations based on this data will then update automatically.  

The LiveStories platform also makes it easy to write, rewrite, and rearrange text. In response to an unfolding crisis, you can put the most recent and relevant information at the top of the story. When you're done, simply select "Publish" from the menu, and your work is done. 

LiveStories already helps track a number of unfolding public health crises. For example: 

  • Zika virus: On Monday, August 1, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned travelers to avoid a Miami neighborhood infested with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. LiveStories had previously published a story on the Zika virus, and the platform made it easy to highlight this new information, update the data on known Zika cases, and publish a new version.  You can read the story here.
  • The opioid epidemic: Deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999, and local health departments have struggled to contain the crisis. A LiveStory for Marin County, California, tracks data on prescription opioid misuse.
  • HIV outbreak in Indiana: In southern Indiana, confirmed cases of HIV spiked between 2013 and 2015, likely because of a local practice among drug users of sharing syringes. LiveStories provides county-level data on the disease and related factors.

Interested in tracking the data behind a developing issue close to you? Request a demo and try the LiveStories platform.