The World Health Organization - WHO has estimated that 20-40% of equipment in some developing countries is not used or usable (WHO, Interregional Meeting on Maintenance and Repair of Health Care Equipment, Cyprus, 1986). Furthermore, even when the quantity and quality of technology may be adequate, the distribution is often not, as evidenced by the distribution of CT scanners in some parts of Brazil as shown below (B. Negri & G. Giovanni (eds), Brasil - Radiografia da Saúde, Instituto de Economia da UNICAMP, 2001).
The reality is technology (especially drugs and equipment) is likely to be the largest health expense next to labor in most developing countries and often require “hard” currency (~30 - 50% budget). Yet, few of the health authorities in these countries are properly trained to manage technology.
Please contact BSI to understand what we can do to help you manage health technology "from cradle to grave" as shown on the figure below.
Some recent presentations, publications, or reports produced by BSI consultants
|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.||Health Technology Incorporation, in Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, M. Akay (Editor-in-Chief), Wiley, in press|
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