French regional health observatories were set up to help monitor the state of health at regional level and also to inform regional bodies responsible for decisions on health policy, health professionals and the public. Observatories exist in all French regions and are grouped together in a national federation, the FNORS (National Federation of Regional Health Observatories), headquartered in Paris. We spoke to Francois Tuffreau, directeur adjoint, Observatoire Régional de la Santé des Pays de la Loire about how it is using data visualisation to meet its objectives.
When did you first come across InstantAtlas?
I was working in a regional health observatory that had links with a public health observatory in England which had been using mapping software so I knew how it could be used to present large amounts of data from several different sources.