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Integrated solution for market data management for Farminform’s information services on pharmaceutical price and usage patterns.
Relying on 50 years of experience in automated data collection, processing, enrichment and publication, Farminform provides high-quality anonymized information about medicine use in the Netherlands. Its earliest origins date back to 1971, when 11 market parties operating in the Dutch pharmaceutical sector used punch card systems to analyze medicine sales. Today, Farminform has become an independent data trust for key pharma stakeholders, including healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Back in 2011, Farminform needed a technology partner to support its service innovation. With its pharmaceutical market data as a key selling point, Farminform wanted to find a long-term solution to guarantee robust, reliable quality.
Improved services – but without significantly changing the data output
The company’s customers demand high standards of quality. Léon Walenbergh (Farminform management): “The Dutch Authority for Consumer and Market (ACM) buys our information in order to get better insights into the development of expensive medicines and to be able to do their own analyses.”
Farminform receive reliable data on many different medicinal products, which they can use in their own systems for analysis purposes. These customers rely on Farminform to deliver the same thing every month, so the product format needed to remain unchanged.
Improved structure of the Farminform databases
Since almost all Dutch wholesalers share and purchase market information, Farminform can list medicine sales data for the entire Dutch market, including a substantial proportion of non-prescription medicines.
With around two million database records per month, it is important not to make any mistakes. The structure of the Farminform databases needed to be improved to reduce errors and boost flexibility – achieving long-term stability and reliable data quality.
New system prepared for a more diffuse market
Farminform needed its new solution to accommodate market developments that could not yet be anticipated at that point.
A new database was needed that complied with the new requirements. Léon Walenbergh: “We had to consider future forms of distribution that function side by side.”
Farminform was quickly convinced that USoft provided the best solutions to meet its needs and differentiate between future developments in the pharmaceutical market.
The USoft low-code platform based on business rules allowed Farminform to consider all sorts of different dependencies related to the market and the distribution method.
Accurately estimating the cost of software projects can be difficult, but USoft’s clear exchange of information made it easy to track milestones and adjust accordingly. The solutions provided by USoft also deliver a strong total cost of ownership (TCO).
Farminform worked closely with USoft to build a database solution and develop related services that complied with the new requirements – while remaining flexible enough to accommodate future adjustments. Built on the USoft low-code platform, the suite of solutions created over time has delivered continuity, while keeping pace with the evolving needs of Farminform’s customers.
In addition to the standard reports (fiROM), Farminform can also provide customised reports (fiSERVICES) for its subscribers, but also for umbrella organizations and the Dutch government. Farminform is better equipped to leverage its data and expertise thanks to the solutions built on the USoft low-code platform.
Farminform receives over 100 files every month that need to be imported into their computer systems. Léon Walenbergh explains, “Actions such as file checks and error resolution that used to be performed separately are now integrated into the USoft Rules Engine.”
Thanks to the business rules in the USoft low-code platform, Farminform can now structurally solve problems as they arise. This provides for a very robust solution that supports Farminform in easily managing its services and data consistency.
Accurate, up-to-date information on medicine sales
Farminform has reliable datasets containing information about the pharmaceutical market at national and regional level for more than 20,000 medicinal products.
Key insights on market trends with advanced data analysis
Farminform subscribers gain access to key insights on national and regional market trends in the Dutch pharmaceutical market.
Flexible thanks to low-code platform based on business rules
Farminform appreciates the USoft approach to innovation and futureproofing. Léon Walenbergh: “The power of the USoft platform is that you can enter and change all important conditions separately. This provides the flexibility that is required to move into the future with confidence.’’