Using a Decision Support System Tool for Healthcare Technology Assessments.
The field of fiscally competent healthcare technology assessment (HTA) for clinical engineers was formally launched in the mid-1980s with the Emergency Care Research Institute’s (ECRI) seminal “Devices and Dollars” report. Since then, those methods have been taught in dozens of countries but they have not kept pace with contemporary decision support system (DSS) tools. This article will discuss an HTA application using a well-developed business tool from the operations research/operations management (OR/OM) field, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The AHP methodology provides a proven, structured, and well-documented tool for conducting HTAs for hospitals, integrated delivery networks, or other healthcare providers. A case study based on the selection of a neonatal ventilator is used to illustrate a successful use of the AHP for HTA. Clinical engineers can use this design as a prototype for performing HTAs in their own institutions.
|Main Author:||Sloane, Elliot B.|