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Design of a decision making model to aid in the development of medical technology

Johannink, T.A. (2016) Design of a decision making model to aid in the development of medical technology.

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Abstract:The world moves forward with innovation, which requires time and money. Research groups can invest time, but often lack the finances needed. Therefore, groups need to apply for funding in order to carry out research. With funding received, the question remains if the medical technology being created will prove successful upon completion/market introduction. The failure rate of new products, not MT specific, is being estimated at 35% - 40%. Within the current practice of funding elicitation, creation and assessment of medical technology a trend of inefficiency and non-specificity can be noted; 1. The method for handling the creation of research proposals is inefficient and therefore time consuming. 2. Models currently used for assessing the feasibility of the technology are non-specific and inefficient. 3. By not including certain stakeholders, a lower (direct) customer satisfaction and a possible decrease in (future) sales is expected. The goal of this research is to develop a structured assessment method to standardize, speed up, and support the decisions made by the R&D-team creating new MT and allocate knowledge in a more efficient way. Via the analyse of several research proposals, a model predicting whether or not a still to be submitted proposal regarding MT will receive funding was created. The analysis preceding the model creation allowed for the set-up of a template helping and advising in writing research proposals. Based on the acquisition model of the ZGT Hengelo, a focus on a single purchasing stakeholder to be implemented in the Health Technology Assessment type Assistive Decision Making Model (ADMM) is made. Working from this acquisition model solutions for/indicators of/ assessment of problems identified, were created. The resulting elements were connected in a flowchart model. The element order is based on the (future) working methods of RaM. The current version of the model supports the decisions made by the team itself by a standardized route expected to speed up the project by a more efficient knowledge allocation. The ADMM is presented as a flowchart divided into several phases, this flowchart should be interpreted as an example of how to connect these phases together, whilst the actual result of this research is a set of building blocks to implement within the design process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:06 documentary information, 44 medicine, 52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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