HHS awards Archimedes health data analytics contract

By Mary Mosquera
01:57 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a contract to Archimedes Inc., worth up to $5 million for a software platform to perform modeling, simulation and other data analytics for disease conditions, healthcare settings and medical interventions.

These capabilities will be provided as software services. The use of modeling and simulation software is designed to improve the reliability of the results from research and analysis efforts.

The health reform law requires use of data in the design of health benefits; comparison of quality, cost and outcomes; and evaluation of population health outcomes related to healthcare system design, according to an April 30 announcement in Federal Business Opportunities..

Archimedes, a San Francisco healthcare modeling firm, is guaranteed at least $25,000 in task orders over the four years of the indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract.

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Among its activities, the vendor will integrate patient and healthcare provider behaviors, for example, for smoking cessation; provide analysis on healthcare delivery systems; and integrate multiple disease variables and conditions into a single model to evaluate clinical scenarios involving patients with multiple conditions and disease, multiple interventions and multiple treatment effects.

Archimedes has developed a simulation model of human physiology, diseases, behaviors, interventions, and healthcare systems. By using advanced methods of mathematics, computing and data systems, researchers and policymakers can run clinically realistic virtual trials on a population and create evidence to help make health policy decisions.

The health data modeling and simulation access system will include a simulation platform, embedded databases, user-provided databases, a query engine and web interface to the HHS users.

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