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Disease Management Simulation Modeling

Simulation is a general term describing a method that imitates or mimics a real system using a model of that system. Models vary widely and may be a physical object, such as a mannequin used in training healthcare providers, or a conceptual object, such as a supply-demand curve in medical economics. This entry is confined to computer models that are based on a logical or mathematical/statistical structure and use the computer to examine a model's behavior. Models can represent various types of healthcare systems that are engaged in disease management of patients, allowing, for example, examination and comparisons of alternative clinical decisions for patient care, insurance coverage policies, or the processes for delivering safe, effective, and efficient preventive or therapeutic care.

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