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Paris, 11 December 2017.
Launched two years ago, on 10 December 2015, the OpenHealth Institute supports innovative research applied to the analysis of health data for the purposes of public health and health system evaluation. It also organises distance or face-to-face training for health sector stakeholders and specialised courses. In 24 months, the Institute has supported 20 innovative research projects carried out by public health laboratories, epidemiology, data science and social sciences of major French and international universities.
On 17 November, the OpenHealth Institute held its first "Young Researchers" session. The objective was to bring together scholarship recipients of the Institute (Master 2, PHD students and postdoctoral students) for a scientific session of sharing and exchanges and to outline research into the contribution of health data analysis.
For Professor Jacques Demongeot, Chair of the Institute's Scientific Council, the diversity of the work supported illustrates the value that health data can generate in terms of improving public health knowledge and improving the efficiency of healthcare systems.
From the "automated processing of natural language" to the contribution of "mobile telephony in estimating the spatio-temporal distribution of epidemics", the works presented offer a wide range of topics. Thus, among all the works supported, the grants awarded by the OpenHealth Institute have, for example, contributed to:
Professor Marius Fieschi, President of the OpenHealth Institute, praised the quality and richness of the topics and projects presented during this session: "This reinforces the OpenHealth Institute's purpose of supporting the dynamics and optimisation of French research in the field of health data analysis, while equipping young researchers with a mechanism that is at once flexible, rigorous and independent".
Beyond this first "Young Researchers" session, and at the proposal of the Scientific Council, the Institute's office has decided to award eight new scholarships for the 2017–2018 year, seven to support PhD students on innovative themes in the field of health data analysis, an eighth to support the completion of a postdoctoral project in a North American laboratory.
The OpenHealth Institute has also set a goal of contributing to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of data processing. It continues its distance learning programme initiated last year. The first webinar of the year, jointly organised with SESSTIM (Economic and Social Sciences of Health and Treatment of Medical Information, UMR912), will take place on 5 January 2018 under Guy Fagherazzi, INSERM Paris, and will focus on "Modern epidemiology in the digital age. Use of connected objects and social networks in cohort studies".
The training programme will continue throughout 2018 with sessions dedicated to "Deep learning and health applications" or "The visual analysis of temporal reasons in patient file data".
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About OpenHealth Institute
A non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting research, the OpenHealth Institute aims to support research focused on the analysis of health data for public health and health system evaluation purposes. It therefore aims to help stimulate and support the dynamics of French research in this field by equipping it with a mechanism that is at once flexible, rigorous and independent. The OpenHealth Institute, which stems from the OpenHealth Company initiative, is chaired by Professor Marius Fieschi.
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