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Modeling Health: The Role of Simulation Models in Health Information Systems

Michael C. Wolfson

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0016
Modeling Health: The Role of Simulation Models in Health Information Systems

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This chapter argues for the expansion of the uses of health statistics to include the construction of simulation models. Simulation models can help policymakers to address “what if” questions in the formulation of new health policies and to explore the causal relationships inherent in answers to those questions. To facilitate the increased use of health statistics for simulation modeling, the importance of fulfilling two needs are emphasized: first, the need for coherent frameworks for collecting the data that become health statistics; and second, the need to use electronic health records for the generation of health statistics.

Keywords: health statistics; simulation; health policy development; policymakers; simulation modeling

Chapter.  15148 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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