A Framework to Holistic Modeling & Simulation of Healthcare Systems

In this presentation, we introduce a modeling and simulation methodology to support a holistic analysis of healthcare systems through a stratification of the levels of abstraction into multiple perspectives and their integration in a common simulation framework. In each of the perspectives, models of different components of healthcare system can be developed and coupled together. Concerns from other perspectives are abstracted as parameters (i.e., translation of assumptions and simplifications) in such models. Consequently, the resulting top model within each perspective can be coupled with its experimental frame to run simulations and derive results. Components of the various perspectives are integrated to provide a holistic view of the healthcare problem and system under study. The resulting global model can be coupled with a holistic experimental frame to derive results that couldn't be accurately addressed in any of the perspective taken alone.