Health Economics & Outcomes Research
The current situation
Rising healthcare costs represent a critical, long-term challenge to nations around the world. Government organizations are increasingly being charged to develop policies that will improve health-related outcomes while controlling costs.
Policymakers must be able to compare and quantify the benefits and costs of various intervention options. Clinical trials and other empirical methods can provide some of this information, but the time, expense, and resources required can make this approach infeasible in many cases.
The Archimedes Model is a powerful simulation and analytics tool that can help governments and policymakers understand the likely population-level outcomes of disease management programs and performance measures, guidelines and treatment goals, and incentives to improve adherence.
With Archimedes, users can rapidly test assumptions, compare scenarios, and quantify patient outcomes before key decisions are made.
The Archimedes advantage
The Archimedes Model is a large-scale, carefully validated simulation model of human physiology, diseases, behaviors, interventions, and healthcare systems. The Model has been continuously updated and validated since 1993, and it was built to operate at the same level of detail at which healthcare policies are set.
Archimedes lets users quantify the impact of policy recommendations before they are put in place.
- What elements of clinical practice guidelines will most substantially improve patient outcomes, and what will the cost be at the population level?
- Is implementing an early intervention or screening program less costly than treating disease?
- What interventions will have the greatest impact on long-term health and quality of life? How will outcomes be affected if patients do not adhere to treatment?
- How do patient outcomes and/or healthcare costs vary when different physiologic cut-points are set (for example, blood pressure goals)?
How you can use the Archimedes Model
ARCHeS. ARCHeS is a comprehensive web-based simulation tool that gives users direct access to the power of the Archimedes Model.
With ARCHeS, researchers can set up multi-scenario studies, run customized health economics and outcomes analyses, and examine the impact of treatments and interventions for the following conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes and its complications, dyslipidemia, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity, smoking, and stroke.
ARCHeS can also be customized using internal data, for example from clinical trials, electronic health records, insurance claims, or patient registries.
Modeling & Consulting Services. Archimedes provides comprehensive support to build custom disease models and simulations (for example, related to asthma and cancer). Our team will work with you to quantify the clinical and economic impact of interventions, and to analyze and interpret the data.