Everyone agrees that technology is one of the most critical elements of health prevention, care and promotion, and it is probably the primary factor behind the huge advance observed in medicine and allied health fields in the last century. Few, however, remembers that technology is nothing but a tool; as such, it must be skillfully and wisely used and managed to generate the expected benefits, while carefully avoiding its pitfalls and risks as much as possible.
While the situation of health technology management may be challenging in industrialized nations, the situation is critical in developing countries. Studies conducted by the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and other international agencies have shown that 25-50% of all health care equipment that exists in developing countries is not being used, seriously impeding efforts to deliver health services to their people(1). While some of the idle equipment was donated, a significant portion was purchased with loans provided by international agencies in the last 15 years. The main reasons identified are: a) difficulty in acquiring consumables and spare parts, b) lack of trained operators and service technicians, c) inadequate infrastructure for installation and operation, d) excessive amount of sophisticated equipment and insufficient quantity of basic equipment, and e) obsolete or unsafe equipment.
While some of the reasons mentioned above are traceable to the lack of funds, especially for covering recurrent costs, analyses conducted by international experts demonstrated that the root causes lie mostly in improper management. More specifically, the main challenge in most developing countries is the lack of established policies and procedures for planning, acquisition, utilization, and maintenance of equipment.
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Some recent presentations, publications, or reports produced by BSI consultants
|Statistical Sampling Applied to Clinical Equipment Inspections - attributes sampling, AAMI Conf. & Expo 2003, Long Beach CA, June14-17, 2003||(1)Acquisition Strategies for Medical Technology, International Forum for Promoting Safe and Affordable Medical Technologies in Developing Countries, May 19 – 20, 2003, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.|
|B. Wang, R. W. Eliason, & S. C. Vanderzee, Global Failure Rate: A promising medical equipment management outcome benchmark, J. Clin. Eng., July-Sept. 2006, 31:145-151||B. Wang, E. Furst, T. Cohen, O.R. Keil, M. Ridgway, R. Stiefel, Medical Equipment Management Strategies, Biomed Instrum & Techn., May/June 2006, pp. 233-237|
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