This article is inspired by the exciting idea of data interoperability in health economics modelling process, which means sourcing (fetching) inputs for models in real-time, using modern software infrastructure capabilities. On a larger scale, development of naming conventions for health economic model inputs would be required, so this is also a call for action for researchers working in the health economics modelling domain.
Interoperability – the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information.
Most of the modellers and consultants working in the field of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and economic evaluations of healthcare technologies are familiar with the labour intensive process of manual updates/localisation in cost-effectiveness or a budget impact model. In particular, the treatment effect data needs to be validated and approved by multiple parties before it is published and used as a model input to project future health and cost outcomes beyond the lifespan of a clinical study.