Improving Population Health with Simulation

Planning for the health of a population is crucial to ensure the best outcomes, manage demand and deliver effective services.

Simulation helps healthcare organizations to understand the impact of population health issues and achieve the IHI Triple Aim of quality of care, reduced per capita cost and better health for populations.

Using simulation to test population health models of care

Networks of integrated healthcare delivery partners need to work together to understand how to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction efficiently.

Better care coordination, increased focus on patients with multiple chronic diseases and more efficient processes will make a big difference in patients’ lives and the smooth functioning of a healthcare system, as well as reducing costs.

Health systems worldwide want to know:

  • How will shifting demographics and payments systems impact on services?

  • Which interventions will be most effective in achieving targets such as 30-day re-admissions and reducing emergency waits?

  • Which parts of the healthcare system are positively or negatively impacted by the change?

  • How can the system be incentivized to change?

Many questions need to be answered by networks embarking on this work:

  • Where should we invest your limited resources and maximize Return on Investment (ROI)?

  • How will we be affected by shifting demographics and insurance coverage?

  • Which interventions will be effective in achieving targets such as 30-day readmissions?

  • How can we incentivize our system to improve?

Simulation can help healthcare delivery networks to answer these questions and more by providing evidence on how to meet the Triple Aim objectives of quality of care, costs and better healthcare for populations.

How can simulation be used to improve population health?

Simulating a whole system allows you to understand the complexity of the system, examine the flow of patients from an attributed population into services and measure activity, resource utilization and cost across organizational boundaries.

From a patient’s first contact with a primary care physician, through the hospital and on to community services, simulation allows you to understand their journey.

Test a change in any part of the system, see the outcome, and use the evidence to support strategic decision making and the planning, financing and design of new models of care.

With healthcare simulation software, you can get a handle on how value-based payment programs, evolving patient insurance status, aging demographics, and clinical interventions will impact your organization.

Our population health forecasting model allows you to associate age-banded populations with disease prevalence and use of healthcare services.

It predicts likely demand into the system year-on-year, and therefore the impact on costs, activity, resource and outcome as the demand flows through the system.

Webinar: Testing Population Health Models of Care

SIMUL8 Director of Healthcare, Claire Cordeaux, discusses her experiences of developing and implementing population health strategies in the UK National Health Service, Canada, and Australia.

Learn how our unique approach predicts how an attributed population will flow through the entire healthcare network and understand how changes will impact cost, capacity, revenues and wait time.

This creates operational evidence for strategic decisions, reducing system wide risk, deriving financial benefits, and enhancing clinical outcomes for patients.

Featured population health resources


Improving Health Outcomes of Your Population using Simulation

Discover how simulation can be used to tackle key population health issues to enable healthcare networks to deliver on quality of care, cost and better health for populations.

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Chronic Disease: More than Medicine - Whitepaper

This paper discusses the approach NHS England has taken in adopting new models of care and how simulation is helping to support decision-making and dissemination of the concept.

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Population Health Planning and Forecasting in Acute and Chronic Disease

Watch our webinar to find out how simulation is helping to support the planning, decision-making and adoption of person-centred services for people living with multiple conditions.

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