Medical Technology Assessment and Acquisition
The ability to assess medical technology in the role of a vendor or as a customer and health care provider is necessary in the current environment of abounding technology options. In the vendor role, identification of customer needs and expectations is pivotal to success. As a customer and/or health care provider, measuring the validity of the technology, efficacy in the local environment, and determining alignment with the organization goals is important prior to acquisition and in contract negotiations.
Organizations are living organisms with dynamics that have to be factored into the assessment and acquisition process of large medical technologies. The quality of health care delivery and
economics drive decision-making in medical organizations. Cost analysis and justification are part of the assessment process in addition to due diligence requirements. The acquisition of a medical technology encompasses capital purchasing and leasing strategies, purchase agreements and contracts.
In the context of a group project based on a hypothetical 300-bed, community, teaching hospital, I learned the process of medical technology assessment and acquisition starting from a statement of work for a learning management system (LMS). This LMS was geared to manage and provide learning content for employees of the hospital with the hopes to incorporate the system to a full physical learning center. The second step was the crafting a request for proposal (RFP) for the LMS. In an effort to balance our learning, we took on the role of the vendors and responded to our RFP as a cloud-based solution. As a final exercise in the assessment and acquisition process, we undertook contract strategy and negotiations. We addressed the methodology and reasoning for vendor evaluation, user acceptance testing, and organization needs.
The importance of the medical technology assessment and acquisition process will continue to rise. As health economics becomes more prominent as a driver in addition to the quality of health care, ensuring high value and return on investment for customers and targeted resource allocations for vendors towards high yield projects will be major goals.
Learning Management System Acquisition for a Community Based Teaching Hospital