The Dashboard Spy

August 30, 2006

Psychiatric Patient Monitoring Dashboard – Demo of enterprise dashboard techniques used at Stanford Medical Center

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 5:59 am

Here is an online demo of a psychiatric patient monitoring dashboard used at the Stanford Medical Center psych unit. I really like the no-nonsense design of this enterprise dashboard. It is quite appropriate for its use and environment. It looks clean with a clinical flavor and is yet slick because of its functionality. You have to try out the collapse/expand of the charts and the notes section. This well-done digital dashboard speaks for itself. I’m sure that it is a big success with the medical staff.

Patient Medical Dashboard

Homework: The best way to make sure that your dashboard is a success is to really pay attention to the design phase of the project. Well worth studying is this lavishly illustrated book, Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s books on enterprise dashboards. His current favorite is Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing executive dashboards.


  1. Interesting, except this dashboard was published by Seth Powsner and Edward Tuft in 1994. See and

    Comment by Travis — September 5, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Hello – thanks for reading The Dashboard Spy! Sorry that you’ve seen this enterprise dashboard before. Thanks for the original reference and links. I get so many dashboard screenshots submitted to me that I would guess that a significant portion of the dashboards have been seen someplace before. Thanks again.

    Comment by dashboardspy — September 6, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  3. No problem! I agree that it is a well-thought out dashboard…in fact, much of my personal work on dashboards and related applications were influenced by Tufte and some of the references on his site.

    Comment by Travis — September 6, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

  4. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about enterprise dashboards. It is good to see such information. I have been studying this topic for many months now and am glad to see so many examples. I will visit your site often.

    I was very interested in seeing your post about “KPI Requirements for Dashboard Projects – Using the KPI dashboards”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The dashboards graphic is very nice. I like the colors and the questions are very interesting – What Question? Who’s Asking, Why is it Important, etc. I think it is very good. I also like the layout of the screen. I have a question about the boxes on the right side. Is the user supposed to type the answers to the questions into the boxes?

    Comment by saibaba — November 22, 2007 @ 2:04 am

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