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Technology assessment of innovative operating room technology

Nota, I. (2009) Technology assessment of innovative operating room technology.

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Abstract:Technologies in health care are evolving rapidly. The dynamic nature and the tempo of the development of new technologies that is foreseen in the coming years are challenging the surgeons and other decision makers. Hospitals are often stimulated to make decisions before there is definitive evidence on their efficacy and impact (Greenberg and Pliskin, 2008). Hospitals face challenges which stimulate them to distinguish themselves from others. The government wants to enhance the market forces in the health care system, the industry is offering new technology and the insurance companies do not want to counterbalance for interventions which have not shown added value. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is often used to answer the question whether the new technology should be implemented into clinical practice. HTA uses traditional clinical and economical research strategies which can be time-consuming and expensive. Nowadays technologies are modified after dissemination, which requires a dynamic way of assessment. The complexity of the technologies and HTA has increased so much that traditional HTA needs to be adapted and specified for groups of technologies, in this case surgical innovations. The research question is: what type of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) should be used or how should HTA be adapted to make it applicable for surgical innovations in an early stage of diffusion?
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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