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Virtual Evaluation: Modeling the Ripples of Health Care Information

Virtual Evaluation: Modeling the Ripples of Health Care Information

Evaluating a new health care intervention can be a messy and costly process. The gold standard for measuring the effectiveness of a new intervention is a randomized controlled trial, splitting patients into a treated group and an untreated group and comparing the results. But humans are not laboratory animals; they don’t exist in a perfectly isolated environment free from outside influences. Furthermore, because clinical trials are expensive and take years to run, investigators often only get one shot at an evaluation, making it difficult or impossible to learn from the results and continuously adjust the intervention to make it more effective.