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William B. Rouse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198846420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198846420.001.0001

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Health and Well-Being

Health and Well-Being

(p.113) Chapter 7 Health and Well-Being
Computing Possible Futures

William B. Rouse

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the health and well-being of people, looking at how health services are provided in the U.S. delivery ecosystem. Not surprisingly, the emphasis of this chapter is on model-based approaches to support decision-making. Computational modeling can substantially contribute to exploring possible futures for health and well-being. Patient, provider, and payer data sets can be used to parameterize these computational models. Large interactive visualizations can enable a wide range of stakeholders to participate in exploring possible futures. Policy flight simulators can enable projecting likely impacts of policies, for example, alternative payment schemes, before they are deployed. There is enormous variety in healthcare, including patients, providers, and payers, as well as the economic and social circumstances in which they operate. Computational models can be invaluable for projecting the impacts of this variety and considering how both system designs and policy designs should be tailored.

Keywords:   heath, well-being, computational model, interactive visualization, policy flight simulator, patient, provider, payer, system design, policy design

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