Advanced Health Indicators:
relevant indicators for health professionals
Origins of the IAS project®
In 1981 in Los Angeles a general practitioner and an immunologist noticed the appearance of a rare pneumopathy requiring exceptional antibiotic medication in 7 patients. Dr Joel WEISMAN, a general practitioner, at the time considered that this was "only the tip of the iceberg". It was based on their findings that the first report of HIV patients was published (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - 5 June 1981) - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
The onset of new diseases -or the spread of diseases - is often accompanied by atypical variations in the need and demand for medicines, and therefore the dispensing of these medicines. The IAS® (Advanced Health Indicators) by CELTIPHARM analyse changes in sales and can even detect atypical variations in dispensing, and can detect a break with trends.
In the United States, the indicator « the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index », evaluated the American PIB according to sales. It has been published every month since 1964. Its purpose is to forecast the American economic climate and implement corrective action.
IAS® are part of the same approach: by analysing sales of medicines in pharmacies, our teams model a number of patients, either current or potential, to be able to anticipate a likely change in the health of a population.