Raman Paranjape (Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Regina)
TITLE: Agent-based Modelling in Healthcare: A Practical Approach
ABSTRACT: This presentation will summarize a set of agent-based simulations which have been developed over a number of years to examine the characteristics and dynamics of various aspects of the Canadian Healthcare System. The simulations show that the system dynamics of the health care system can have unique and less than obvious behaviours. In order to develop accurate and useful models, complex and sufficiently detailed components have to be developed. This presentation will focus on both microscopic and macroscopic interactions of components and the relationships between them. Results will include an examination of agent-activated Electronic Health Records, modelling of Patient Flows in a Neuro-Surgery Ward, and modelling of Diabetic Patients and the Healthcare System Response. All these examples show that there is significant benefit to healthcare modelling and as we move forward into a future with greater and greater demands on the Healthcare System; benefits can be garnered by Individuals, Healthcare Units and Policy Makers.