The French “regional health agencies” (ARS) are responsible for the regional management of the health system in France. They define and implement health policy in the French regions as closely as possible to the needs of the population. The French regional health agencies are carrying out various information dissemination projects, including “C@rtoSanté”, through their geographic portal “AtlaSanté”; these projects aim to support health professionals, territorial decision-makers, researchers, etc. in their decisions in the field of public health.
The geostatistical observatory “C@rtoSanté”, based on Géoclip since 2004, is one of the historical ARS projects dedicated to medical demography, demand and access to care for private primary care health professionals - general practitioners, nurses, massage therapists, physiotherapists, dental surgeons, speech therapists and midwives.