Forum Session

Advancing Evidence-Based Health Care: New Tools, New Data, New Opportunities
June 8, 2007


Lisa Sprague, MBA


As technology proliferates and treatment alternatives multiply, even the best-intentioned clinicians find it challenging to figure out best practices for treating the varied health conditions of their patients. For many diagnoses and patients, best practices have never been defined. Moreover, what is good for patients on average may not be indicated in individual cases. Evidence development has been a slow process. Some health care leaders envision a new national process, enabled by electronic health records and predictive computer modeling, that will allow for greatly accelerated learning. At this Forum session, a computer simulation model called Archimedes will be presented by its developer, Dr. David Eddy.


David Eddy, MD, PhD, Founder and Medical Director, Archimedes, Inc.; Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Slides from the presentation by Dr. Eddy are available for download.

Related Materials

See also the Archimedes Web site.

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