A young man named Bret Victor is exploring the capacity of new forms of visual displays of data, equations, scientific relationships, and the like. There is a great example in the video below. As you watch, consider the ramifications for health care or whatever field in which you are involved.
I like that Bret presents this work as examples of two core concepts (outlined at 4:57 in the video) ubiquitous visualization (you can see everything -- every variable and every term in every equation) and in-context manipulation (there is a knob on the screen that can be use to change values and coefficients and see the results immediately). He draws the contrast with traditional computer programming to do the same. Here's my favorite line:
That may have been a pretty good way of working in the early '80s, but I think it is time for something better.
Some firm should be very smart and hire this guy before its competitors do.
if you cannot see the video, click here.