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Oct 2014

Since June of 2014, EpiConcept’s NGO team undertook five missions (Nepal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Egypt, Bangladesh) to support the field teams of the NGO Terre des Hommes (TDH) Switzerland. These missions were for implementing and training the human resource teams on Homère in order for them to be able to use the application with as much autonomy as possible. The country field teams from India, Jordan and Lebanon were also included in these missions. The coordination between EpiConcept and TDH allowed the eight countries to implement Homère in a record 6 months.
The use of Homère replaces disparate information systems and methods and allows above all, a standardised process for payroll/HR. As for the application itself, the experience will allow the team to enrich it with new data import functions (employees, work contracts) allowing a much more rapid setup. For the EpiConcept NGO team, they are now able to propose a standard setup method for a field payroll management system at the national level.

Oct 2014

The French national institute for demographic studies (INED) has signed a framework agreement with EpiConcept for an accompaniment to their information services and systems and the creation of IT projects on their current Voozanoo 3 platform as well as the newly installed Voozanoo 4 platform. The informatics service will use these platforms to develop questionnaires, internal management tools, and specific information systems. The INED has been using Voozanoo since 2005.
Sébastien Becquerel, EpiConcept’s framework director stated, “It is very motivating to see the INED deploy Voozanoo 4 on their servers. We’ve worked with their team for a number of years and have a great relationship with them.”

Sep 2014

On the 25th of September, EpiConcept put in place a Voozanoo IT environment at the Rouen university hospital system which will host an information system for declaring cases of Cryptosporidiosis. The system will be created by the Cryptoanofel Network and will allow hospitals to make their declarations on-line.

Sep 2014

  Save the Children (SCI) UK has contracted EpiConcept to assess the existing Health Information System (HIS) options used within Save the Children for humanitarian activities. This consultancy was requested by the technical direction of SCI and aims to provide technical solutions, designs and recommendations for a future HIS. There will also be a few workshops included. The consultation began in July and is expected to be completed in the beginning of 2015.

Sep 2014

Etienne Sévin took part in the round table session entitled “Digital technologies for development organisations: How to use them and for which goals?” to relate EpiConcept’s vision on the use of new technnologies in the area of development. The forum took place from September 8-10 in Paris and had as it’s slogan “3 days and 3 nights to co-create tomorrow’s solutions”.

Sep 2014

EpiConcept presented a workshop on using the latest version of its free on-line and mobile questionnaire tool Wepi at the 4th forum for Geographic information for Relief and Development in Chambery, France on the 22nd and 23rd of September. The Wepi web application had recently been updated to include a GPS variable type which allows the questionnaire designer the possibility to save the geolocation values for two general question types.
The first, "Where are you now?" uses the géolocalisation information from the GPS system on a smartphone or tablet (via the application ODK Collect) where the questionnaire is being filled out. It is useful to save the latitude and longitude of a disease case in epidemiological investigations for example, in order to later map out all of the disease cases. The second general question type is "Where did a past event take place?" This allows the user to place a point anywhere on a map. Depending on the circumstances of the questionnaire, the system saves as many as 5 variables for each question, the lattitude, longitude, altitude, accuracy in meters and a time stamp. Wepi uses the OpenStreetMap technology to display the maps. EpiConcept was a co-sponsor of this 4th GeOnG forum.

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Aug 2014

From the 30th June to the 2nd of July EpiConcept organised the 6th annual I-MOVE (Influenza Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness in Europe) meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. During the three days, 50 experts (virologist, epidemiologists) from EpiConcept, national institutes in Europe, US, Australia, Canada, Latin America and international agencies (ECDC, WHO-EURO, WHO, PAHO) presented the results and challenges of the studies conducted during the 2013-14 influenza season. As in previous year, the meeting was an excellent platform to openly discuss epidemiological and laboratory methods and to address the current research questions in the area of influenza vaccine effectiveness.

Jul 2014

The French Institute for Public Health Surveillance has renewed its confidence in EpiConcept’s Voozanoo platform for on-line epidemiological investigations by renewing its contract for another four years. Currently there are over 50 active applications with more than 2000 users (InVS and its collaborators) currently running within the institute. The development of new investigative information tools using Voozanoo is done by autonomous groups within the InVS with the aid of EpiConcept when necessary.

 


Jul 2014

Since the spring of 2013, EpiConcept has been engaged in the European consortium e-SIS (Electronic Screening Information System) in the development of an all-digital workflow for cancer screening campaigns. This ambitious project is the result of a collaboration among four entities:

  • EpiConcept
  • The CDI company (responsible for setting up the Swiss federation’s cancer screening information system) whose IT system has managed a 100% digital workflow for the past five years.
  • The Fribourg engineering school (for the R&D)
  • SESAM, a Turkish company specialised IT systems integration

This sizable project is made possible through investments by each of the parties involved and through a financing programme for innovation by EUROSTARS from the European Commission. The working plan approved by EUROSTARS includes the carrying out of two pilot projects in France, one of which is being done with the Gard and Lozère departmental cancer screening organisation using the system’s first installations in radiology centres beginning in July. The piece of the information system developed by EpiConcept is based on Voozanoo.


Jun 2014

The National Reference Center for mycobacterium and mycobacterium resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs has chosen EpiConcept to put in place its national registry for multi-drug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis. The goal of this registry is to bring together all the information necessary for the correct clinical treatment of individuals who have been diagnosed with MDR TB, their follow-up and an optimisation of the epidemiologic data particulary by reducing the data collection time.

The solution, entirely on-line, is based on Voozanoo and thus includes the certification of “Personal health data hosting” held by EpiConcept. Individuals from National Reference Center were trained in the use of Voozanoo during the initial conception phase and thus will play an active role in the system’s development while completely mastering the content.

Jun 2014

The regional health agencey (ARS) and the regional professional physicians group (URPS) for dental surgeons in the Loire region launched a study to evaluate the state of bucco-dental and nutritional health of elderly persons entering social-medical establishments. The Voozanoo platform was chosen to create this survey through the on-line form “Nutrition evaluation and bucco-dental health”. The dental surgeon conducting an examination will fill in the evaluation form directly on-line. Approximately 8000 to 9000 exams are expected annually with the first campagne scheduled to last four years. There will be approximately 1800 practitioners and 600 establishments involved in this study. The responses will go through a process of removing the names and then will be exploited regionally. EpiConcept’s  Epidemiology department will accompany the ARS and Loire region URPS in the analysis plan definition.

May 2014

Already a user of the application SagaStock at its international missions, the NGO Médecins du Monde has chosen to use this application for stock management in 22 of its aid, care and orientation centres in France. On the 22nd of March, the first training session brought together the future volunteer workers who will be using the application. A second training session at the NGO’s head office in Paris will take place on the 17th of May.

May 2014

The website www.koman-i-le.re is a unique website aiming to get the island’s population to participate in the notification of health events. Opened to the public on the 23rd of April by the French Regional Health Agency of the Indian Ocean and the Indian Ocean unit of the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, the objective is to collect health information directly from the population. The information system is based on Voozanoo, EpiConcept’s secure web-based platform certified by the ministry of health to host personal health data. The site allows for individual yet anonymous data collection through short weekly questionnaires which will allow the health authorities to:

  • Monitor the shealth status of the population
  • Detect outbreaks (flu, gastroenteritis, dengue fever, and others)
  • Respond to emerging health problems and adapt prevention measures to the population’s needs

This program entitled “Koman i lé”, meaning “How’s it going” in the island’s dialect, encourages the population to become actors of their own health. It is financed by the French Regional Health Agency of the Indian Ocean, the World Health Organization and the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance.

 
 

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.