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Be a Part of the Open-Source Process

The IVI-RA modeling platform serves as a hands-on “laboratory” for improving methods, resolving scientific questions, and engaging in an ongoing public discussion about value in health care. As a part of the Open-Source Value Project, this iterative process is made possible by an ongoing cycle of public feedback, expert review, revision, and re-release.

Everyone with a stake in how treatment value is measured and paid for in the U.S. health care system has a voice in the open-source development of the IVI-RA model. Feedback is welcome and encouraged, from the highly detailed, like suggestions to fix a bug in the model’s source code, to the big picture, like identifying important determinants of value that are currently missing from the model or proposing alternative approaches to value-based decision-making.

There are multiple ways to provide feedback and make recommendations to improve the IVI-RA Value Tool:

  • Submit Formal Comments: Written comments, methodological feedback, and recommendations for additions or changes should be submitted in Word format to research@thevalueinitiative.org. All submitted comments will be made publicly available. Please include organizational letterhead, if applicable.
  • Modify the Source Code: To contribute directly to the development of the underlying model, click here to access the source code and submit changes on the IVI GitHub page.
All submitted feedback will be reviewed by a panel of independent subject matter experts. For the IVI-RA model, this Technical Expert Panel will be composed of rheumatologists, patients, economists, modelers, epidemiologists, and others. This group will synthesize feedback and develop a prioritized list of recommended changes to the modeling platform, as well as areas for further research.
Based on the recommendations from the previous step, IVI scientists will implement changes and develop a “roadmap” for future revisions. As needed, IVI will partner with patients and patient advocates, providers, external scientific teams, and others to implement changes.
A new version of the IVI-RA Value Tool and the underlying IVI-RA model will be released with accompanying documentation that includes the recommendations of the Technical Expert Panel, a summary of changes made to the model, and draft “roadmap” for future development. At this time, a new period of public feedback will begin, and the process will repeat.

The IVI Open-Source Development Process

Feedback Received on the IVI-RA Model

All feedback received on IVI’s Open-Source Value Project models is made publicly available. Public comments received on the initial IVI-RA model release is available below.

IVI received helpful feedback from a wide range of stakeholders prior to release, including detailed review of model methods and interface design. IVI received feedback in a variety of formats, including both informal feedback and formal written comments.

View Pre-Release Comments

IVI held an open feedback period on the initial IVI-RA model release. These comments, which represent a range of perspectives, are the basis for upcoming model revisions and will inform future iterations of both the IVI-RA model and future OSVP models. Click below to view these public comments.

View Public Comments

Timeline and Important Dates

  • Release of Version 1: November 8, 2017

  • Close of Public Feedback Period: February 16, 2018

  • Release of Version 2: Spring 2018