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|A Data Driven Agent-based Simulation Platform for Early Health Economic Device Evaluation
|Health economics is a relatively new but growing field within the discipline of economics and is concerned with making the best use of scarce resources. Early health economic estimates of new medical devices, in particular, can assist producers of health technology in making appropriate product design and investment decisions. One problem facing decision makers at the moment is a poor understanding of the potential value gained from new or alternative product or service offerings. Understanding medical device features in the wider healthcare environment is addressed using agent based modelling and simulation (ABMS). In this paper we examine the use of ABMS underpinned by a novel data-driven approach to model generation. A Sepsis use case is presented where pathway and device characteristics are defined using the ‘headroom’ method and semantic evidence capture features. Types and sub-types are automatically extracted into agent models and subsequently executed in our own data-driven agent based simulation platform (TEASIM). Initial evaluation of a data-driven approach (and the TEASIM platform) is positive. The approach offers an accessible approach to product development modelling and simulation, especially in the earlier stages when deciding between potential product configurations or features.
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