Policy needs and options for a common approach towards modelling and simulation of human physiology and diseases with a focus on the virtual physiological human

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;170:49-82.


Life is the result of an intricate systemic interaction between many processes occurring at radically different spatial and temporal scales. Every day, worldwide biomedical research and clinical practice produce a huge amount of information on such processes. However, this information being highly fragmented, its integration is largely left to the human actors who find this task increasingly and ever more demanding in a context where the information available continues to increase exponentially. Investments in the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) research are largely motivated by the need for integration in healthcare. As all health information becomes digital, the complexity of health care will continue to evolve, translating into an ever increasing pressure which will result from a growing demand in parallel to limited budgets. Hence, the best way to achieve the dream of personalised, preventive, and participative medicine at sustainable costs will be through the integration of all available data, information and knowledge.

MeSH terms

  • Anatomy / methods*
  • Electronic Health Records / standards*
  • Europe
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Medical Record Linkage / standards*
  • Physiology / methods*
  • Semantics
  • Systems Integration
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface