Advanced Health Indicators are effective tools to monitor a patient or treatment category. The starting point is a public health question, then the information to answer it is sought. After a co-construction period involving pharmacists, epidemiologists, researchers, statisticians and cartographers…, mathematical models are created and used to convert the sales data into health data.
Discover OpenHealth epidemiological surveillance program presented to the international scientific community November 1, 2014 at the Congress in Vienna IMED: A real-time surveillance based on the monitoring of drug purchases in pharmacies
The indicators come from the Celtipharm research laboratory and from collaboration with experts and researchers. They are built in real time using field data:
Data on medication sales in pharmacies, whether on prescription or for self-medication, is automatically sent and analysed every night.
Firstly, data on the OpenHealth.fr website is fully Open Data and is freely reusable (ODbl licence). Next, a cartographic representation per population area is used. The traditional map is changed proportionally to the demographic density. This approach is particularly suited to epidemiology because it makes it easier to see the fraction of the population that is affected:
Monitor current health phenomena and how they have progressed from 2009 to today with animated maps, videos and interactive graphics,
Understand the space-time changes in these phenomena in France and locally,
Click on the map to select the region and compare phenomena from one year to another.
The data comes from the first real time health panel (sales/purchases/stocks) composed of 4,600 dispensing chemists representative of all French pharmacies, developed and operated in the CELTIPHARM Test Centre.