Using Medical Technology Assessment As A Tool for Strategic Planning

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Technology is the primary driving force for change in today's healthcare environment. Understanding the dynamics of medical technology and applying proactive management measures can he accomplished with a medical technology assessment program. In an era of managed care, the very survival of healthcare facilities is linked to the efficient use and application of medical technology. This paper will provide a model for implementing a medical technology assessment program. The sub-processes of medical technology assessment will be thoroughly reviewed with specific examples and the relationship of these sub-processes to strategic planning will be emphasized. A Medical equipment acquisition strategies and automated technology monitoring and evaluation methods using indicators are presented as a systems approach to medical technology assessment. A successful medical technology assessment program can enhance the economics of any healthcare organization.

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