WHAT IS NETIMIS?
NETIMIS is a web-based simulation software tool, designed for the UK National Health Service (NHS) to model current and planned healthcare scenarios. NETIMIS simulates patient flow through predetermined healthcare pathways and analyses the economics of different care scenarios. It helps users to experiment with new service designs in a controlled fashion prior to implementing real world interventions. Modelling with NETIMIS helps to diagnose problems by building depth of understanding and consensus on the cost effective design of the best care pathways for patients in the NHS.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The tool is intended for modellers, researchers, health economists, service designers, strategic planners and for anyone who has to model existing healthcare pathways and analyse the economic impact and health outcome of service redesign choices. The vision of NETIMIS is to go beyond the state of the art to streamline existing healthcare processes and aid integration of new advances in healthcare to the overall diagnostic and treatment pathways at the local, national and international provider level.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
NETIMIS enables healthcare planners and policy makers to
- Invest wisely by offering a means to experiment with change before taking risks with costing service redesign projects
- Diagnose problems by microscopic and macroscopic modelling
- Explore possibilities by experimenting with a large number of possible interventions
- Build a depth of understanding and consensus agreement by sharing visual models of current and planned pathways
WHY WAS NETIMIS DEVELOPED?
NETIMIS was developed as a general purpose care pathway simulation tool for the UK NHS to use. The development work focussed on pathways that involved life threatening septic shock and was used to model the potential role for point of care testing (POCT) devices in reducing the incidence and severity of sepsis. NETIMIS models demonstrate how POCT can be used within NHS care pathways to support early diagnosis of sepsis conditions leading to earlier, more successful interventions which cut costs and save lives. This work was funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board Small Business Research Initiative focused on novel interactions for infectious diseases. The initial work looked at how transport simulation software could be reimagined for health pathways and was supported by an advisory panel. The NETIMIS tool has attracted widespread interest from health care commissioners and provides to evaluate other sorts of health interventions and service reconfigurations. It is now available commercially to NHS organisations and others involved in redesigning and rethinking the effective care of patients.