Introduction of new technologies and decision making processes: a framework to adapt a Local Health Technology Decision Support Program for other local settings
OPEN Medical devices (Auckland, N.Z.) | 26 Nov 2013
P Poulin, L Austen, CM Scott, M Poulin, N Gall, J Seidel and R Lafrenière
Introducing new health technologies, including medical devices, into a local setting in a safe, effective, and transparent manner is a complex process, involving many disciplines and players within an organization. Decision making should be systematic, consistent, and transparent. It should involve translating and integrating scientific evidence, such as health technology assessment (HTA) reports, with context-sensitive evidence to develop recommendations on whether and under what conditions a new technology will be introduced. However, the development of a program to support such decision making can require considerable time and resources. An alternative is to adapt a preexisting program to the new setting.
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