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Developing and implementing a computer simulation of a large health care delivery system
Author(s): Harry C. Hoyt
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Paper Abstract

Analysis of large, complex systems is difficult. Short-cuts or approximations often are needed to reduce the problem 'to size.' As a result, critical detail is lost or emphasis is placed on too few of the factors involved. The Los Alamos HealthValue Simulation generates and assembles the details of health care delivery for an integrated health care system. There are two key features: following individual patients, and providing a time history of events. Methods for doing this in computer simulations are well developed, having been used for decades by physicists and engineers. Today's supercomputers have the speed and memory capacity which make it affordable to apply the same methods to problems like health care delivery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2499, Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions, (27 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.225326
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Harry C. Hoyt, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2499:
Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions

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