Chronic disease modeling and simulation software

J Biomed Inform. 2010 Oct;43(5):791-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2010.06.003. Epub 2010 Jun 15.


Computers allow describing the progress of a disease using computerized models. These models allow aggregating expert and clinical information to allow researchers and decision makers to forecast disease progression. To make this forecast reliable, good models and therefore good modeling tools are required. This paper will describe a new computer tool designed for chronic disease modeling. The modeling capabilities of this tool were used to model the Michigan model for diabetes. The modeling approach and its advantages such as simplicity, availability, and transparency are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease / classification*
  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Computer Simulation
  • Diabetes Mellitus / metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus / pathology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Markov Chains
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Biological*
  • Models, Statistical*
  • Monte Carlo Method
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface