News

Apr 2014

On the first of April, 13 students from the three-week IDEA applied epidemiology course took to the Villejean University of Rennes campus under sunny skies with smartphones and tablets to conduct a survey on the use of e-cigarettes by students. Fifteen other students used traditional paper forms to collect responses. The day preceding the survey, Curtis Broderick, specialist in mobile data collection at EpiConcept worked with the coordinators of the IDEA training programme to transcribe the questionnaire into EpiConcept’s Wepi web application and then conducted a short training session on using ODK Collect on Android telephones and tablets for the students.  On the day of the survey, within 5 hours, 1500 students had responded to the survey. Dr. Pascal Crépey, one of the coordinators of the IDEA training programme noted, “Wepi and its compatibility with ODK Collect are owed the success for this survey.” Held annually at the EHESP French School of Public Health, the IDEA programme is celebrating its 30th year with this year’s survey being the largest in the history of the training.

  

Apr 2014

From March 31 to April 4 Marc Rondy and Alain Moren from EpiConcept’s epidemiology department conducted a 5 day course on computer tools for outbreak investigation. The course was held in Glasgow for Health Protection Scotland. Using Epiinfo7 the 12 participants went through all steps of the analysis of data collected during a real outbreak investigation.

Apr 2014

EpiConcept is collaborating with REVELAC-i, the Latin-America and Caribbean hospital network measuring influenza vaccine effectiveness. As part of this collaboration, Marta Valenciano, epidemiologist from EpiConcept made two missions for the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). From 24 to 28 February, Marta met in Washington with PAHO and US-CDC experts to review and discuss the results of REVELAC-i 2013 study and to organise the annual REVELAC-i meeting. From  24-29 March, she participated in the annual REVELAC-i meeting (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia), and facilitated a one-day workshop on analysis of vaccine effectiveness studies.

Mar 2014

EpiConcept and the research group Efect have been awarded the job of creating the dashboard document for organised cancer screening in the Paris region by the Paris regional health agency.  The definition of the indicators will be made by Efect. Epiconcept will be producing the raw data from the departmental screening centers’ information systems. The data are centralised on a web platform created using Voozanoo.

Mar 2014

EpiConcept has been contracted by the Hong Kong department of health for a fifth year of Field Epidemiology training which will be composed of courses and distance supervision of FETP (field epidemiology training program) trainees.

Mar 2014

The French Muscular Dystrophy Association has chosen Voozanoo as the tool for its clinicians, geneticists and researchers to create genetic and clinical databases for neuro-muscular diseases from a set of pre-defined models. A “master” database will be put in place and be used as a model to create new databases. These databases will be used on-line by teams throughout France in hospitals and the research centers receiving financing from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The first database will concern Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This project which is based on re-use and normalisation will assure a uniform method for entering information into the database and the way the data is then exploited.

Feb 2014

The Indian Ocean Commission held their first steering committee meeting for the SEGA (epidemiological surveillance alert management) network’s health surveillance programme on the 29th and 30th of January in Ebène, Mauritius. The network is the second phase of the RSIE (Network for Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation) whose goal is to reinforce the epidemiological surveillance in the Indian Ocean Commission member states (Madagascar, Mauritius, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and Reunion island). This four-year project is financed by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and includes an animal health component in addition to human health. EpiConcept is the project coordinator in partnership with AEDES.

Feb 2014

The Eurosurveillance journal has published the results of a European multicentre study measuring the 2012/13 seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness against laboratory confirmed-influenza. This multicentre study is one of the components of the I-MOVE network and includes data from France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. Since 2008 the I-MOVE network has measured the effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccines and, in 2009, the effectiveness of the pandemic vaccine. The article is co-authored by Esther Kissling, Marta Valenciano and Alain Moren, epidemiologists from EpiConcept and epidemiologists from the participating study sites. Esther Kissling, one of the lead authors of the article along with Marta Valenciano,  stated: "2012/13 was a challenging season as in Europe there was substantial co-circulation of three influenza viruses:  influenza B, A(H1N1)pdm09 and A(H3N2). The I-MOVE multicentre case-control study was able to provide influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates against each of the three viruses. In addition, for the first time we could measure VE by type of vaccine”.

Feb 2014

The center for anonymous screening and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections in the Yvelines department has opted to use the IT system for screening activities supplied by EpiConcept. The solution allows the center to manage all the consultations from the initial intake to the delivery of the results. The system will also automatically create quarterly results for the center and allow the user to consult an activity dashboard. This simple solution adapted to the screening center’s activities is an on-line web application made possible by EpiConcept’s ministry of health certification as a “Personal health data hosting provider”.

Jan 2014

The study Pharmaps, initiated and supported by the DSG (General Health Directorate) of the ministry of social affairs and health and coordinated by SFEMS (French society of sport and exercise doctors) has begun operation as of December 2013. The objective of the study is to evaluate the role played by pharmacists in promoting physical and sportive activities to persons suffering from chronic conditions, and by long-term adjustments to their physical exercise habits. The study will allow for the comparison of a population exposed to this active promotion with a non-exposed population. Eleven pharmacies located throughout France will participate in this programme for one year. The pharmacists will present the possibilities for local physical and sportive activities and simple methods to increase such activity.  These patients will respond to different questionnaires created with Voozanoo which will allow the study coordinators to follow the physical activity taking place as well as the difficulties in applying them. The system also allows the pharmacists to follow the completion level of the questionnaires and includes patient visit scheduling.

 

Jan 2014

The Curie Institute is one of the national reference centers in France for treating melanoma of the eye, a rare ocular tumeur. This center coordinates a national workgroup and runs the project for managing the national RPCs (pluridisciplinary oncology consensus meetings) for all the uveal melanoma reference centers. Dr. Desjardins chief of ophthalmology and Philippe Rizand, information systems director at the Curie Institute have chosen EpiConcept to put in place the information system to manage this.
The management application will be created with Voozanoo. It will allow the planning of the RCPs, patient registration, and entry of the meeting results for an initial treatment or the metastatic melanoma. A web site for the general public will be created using the open-source Drupal CMS (content management system)  to complete the RCP management application. The site will be managed by the Curie Institute.

Jan 2014

The INSERM’s (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) U823 team, applied environmental epidemiology for reproduction and respiratory health, has chosen EpiConcept to create its IT system for the SEPAGES cohort study with Voozanoo. This SEPAGES cohort of parents and children (follow-up to atmospheric pollution exposure during pregnancy and its health effects) is an environmental study on the general population whose objectives are to better characterize the environmental exposures during pregnancy and their impact on the mother, the fetus, the newborn and on the child with a particular interest in the growth of the fetus and respiratory health, and to study the biological mechanisms by which these environmental factors can influence health and more particularly, the epigenetique mechanisms.

The study is planned to begin in the first half of 2014 and take place in the Grenoble, France metropolitan area with a cohort of 700 women recruited at the beginning of their pregnancy. They will be followed along with the father and the child for several years. One of the originalities of this project with intensive follow up is the use of new technologies to measure environmental exposures: use of GPS, accelerometers, individual dosimeters and interieur air pollution capture devices.  The study if financed by the European Research Council (ERC), the ANR and INSERM. (extract of the project presentation)

 

Jan 2014

We would like to wish all our partners and clients a happy and healthy new year 2014.  We want to thank you for entrusting us with your projects over the past year and to let you know that we reaffirm our committment to your projects in this new year. As is the tradition, we have commissioned an artwork by Yann Legendre that will be sent out as a poster over the next few weeks.

Jan 2014

The centre for the fight against tuberculosis in Côtes-d'Armor (Brittany) has chosen EpiConcept’s DAMOC IT system to keep track of TB index cases and their contacts. DAMOC manages the information through a web application made possible by EpiConcept’s certification as a “Personal health data hosting provider” from the French ministry of health.

Jan 2014

Through funding from the Global Fund and by request from the PNLS (National programme for fight against AIDS), an EpiConcept project director went on mission to Togo from the 16th to the 23rd of December 2013 to set up the software application Esope National. Esope National is a platform to centralise and aggregate statistics that have been compiled from the individual data of the Esope Adult and Pediatric applications (started in 2009) from the follow-up centres for patients with HIV. This mission covered five regions and approximately 30 centres.

 

Jan 2014

For their 3rd birthday, the children in the ELFE cohort will be invited to fill in four questionnaires about their eating habits (preferences, tastes, attitudes, etc.). These questionnaires, created with Voozanoo, take on the form in an interactive game thus extending and fortifying the platform started for the four-year olds (created in 2012). ELFE is a cohort of 18 300 children followed from their birth (2011) to their 20th birthday. The goal being to learn more about the manner that each child grows and to improve his/her health and well being.

Jan 2014

In November of 2013, EpiConcept organised a one-week training program in epidemiology in complex emergency situations for the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control (ECDC) at the Mérieux foundation in Veyrier-du-lac France, near Geneva. Twenty-seven epidemiologists from Europe, Tunisia, Lebanon, Morocco and Brazil participated in this training whose content was largely derived from the events of the 2010-2011 Haitian earthquake and cholera epidemic. Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors without borders (MSF), The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp (Belgium) were among the training facilitators.

Dec 2013

The center for anonymous screening and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections in Paris’ first district run by the Red Cross has opted to use the IT system supplied by EpiConcept. Used in other screening centers in France as well, the solution allows the center to manage all the consultations from the initial intake to the delivery of the results. The system will also automatically create quarterly results for the center and allow the user to consult an activity dashboard. This simple solution adapted to the screening center activities is an on-line web application made possible by EpiConcept’s ministry of health certification as a “Personal health data hosting provider”.

Dec 2013

The French Red Cross, Action against Hunger and Terres des Hommes Italy will soon be using the Saga version 6 NGO accounting software. Terres des Hommes is new to Saga while the others are upgrading. Both the French Red Cross and Action Against Hunger have contracted as well to include the new software BuDi (Bulk Dispatcher) which will allow automatic processing of the monthly  entries from field offices. A mission to Chad for Action Against Hunger by EpiConcept’s NGO project manager is currently being followed up with the installation of Saga6 in their Paris headquarters.

  

   

Dec 2013

The anti-tuberculosis center in the Yvelines (department near Paris) has chosen EpiConcept’s DAMOC software to manage tuberculosis index cases and their contacts. DAMOC is an on-line web application made possible by the ministry of health certification “Personal health data hosting provider” held by EpiConcept. A third of all tuberculosis cases in France are currently managed with DAMOC.