Data on Infectious Diseases Reported by Researchers at University of Pittsburgh [The Regional Healthcare Ecosystem Analyst (RHEA): a simulation modeling tool to assist infectious disease control in a health system]
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Fresh data on Infectious Diseases are presented in a new report. According to news originating from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "As healthcare systems continue to expand and interconnect with each other through patient sharing, administrators, policy makers, infection control specialists, and other decision makers may have to take account of the entire healthcare 'ecosystem' in infection control. We developed a software tool, the Regional Healthcare Ecosystem Analyst (RHEA), that can accept user-inputted data to rapidly create a detailed agent-based simulation model (ABM) of the healthcare ecosystem (ie, all healthcare facilities, their adjoining community, and patient flow among the facilities) of any region to better understand the spread and control of infectious diseases."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pittsburgh, "To demonstrate RHEA's capabilities, we fed extensive data from Orange County, California, USA, into RHEA to create an ABM of a healthcare ecosystem and simulate the spread and control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Various experiments explored the effects of changing different parameters (eg, degree of transmission, length of stay, and bed capacity). Our model emphasizes how individual healthcare facilities are components of integrated and dynamic networks connected via patient movement and how occurrences in one healthcare facility may affect many other healthcare facilities."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "A decision maker can utilize RHEA to generate a detailed ABM of any healthcare system of interest, which in turn can serve as a virtual laboratory to test different policies and interventions."
For more information on this research see: The Regional Healthcare Ecosystem Analyst (RHEA): a simulation modeling tool to assist infectious disease control in a health system. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2013;20(e1):e139-46.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from B.Y. Lee, Public Health Computational and Operations Research, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, United States. Additional authors for this research include K.F. Wong, S.M. Bartsch, S.L. Yilmaz, T.R. Avery, S.T. Brown, Y. Song, A. Singh, D.S. Kim and S.S Huang.
Keywords for this news article include: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Infectious Diseases, North and Central America.
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