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Modeling Market Shares of Competing (e)Care Providers

  • Jan Van Ooteghem
  • Tom Tesch
  • Sofie Verbrugge
  • Ann Ackaert
  • Didier Colle
  • Mario Pickavet
  • Piet Demeester
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 27)

Abstract

In order to address the increasing costs of providing care to the growing group of elderly, efficiency gains through eCare solutions seem an obvious solution. Unfortunately not many techno-economic business models to evaluate the return of these investments are available. The construction of a business case for care for the elderly as they move through different levels of dependency and the effect of introducing an eCare service, is the intended application of the model. The simulation model presented in this paper allows for modeling evolution of market shares of competing care providers. Four tiers are defined, based on the dependency level of the elderly, for which the market shares are determined. The model takes into account available capacity of the different care providers, in- and outflow distribution between tiers and churn between providers within tiers.

Keywords

eHealth Techno-economics Churn Capacity modeling 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Van Ooteghem
    • 1
  • Tom Tesch
    • 1
  • Sofie Verbrugge
    • 1
  • Ann Ackaert
    • 1
  • Didier Colle
    • 1
  • Mario Pickavet
    • 1
  • Piet Demeester
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC)Ghent University – IBBTGentBelgium

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