The Use of the Health Technology Assessment for Technology Acquisition in Hospitals

Alejandra Cano Muñoz, Diana Marcela Troncoso Escobar, Rosiamry Terezinha de Almeida, Nayibe Bonilla Mosquera, Sandra Patricia Usaquén Perilla


Decision makers at the national and local level of health systems require evidence of effectiveness, safety and costs of health technologies for resource allocation. In this sense Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a favorable tool considering it is a multidisciplinary process to evaluate the benefits as well as the social, economic, organizational and ethical issues of a health technology. The aim of this study was to review the literature in order to identify the attributes used in the process of technology acquisition. It was analyzed the attributes of HTA with the purpose of classifying them, to see which are the most recommended for acquisition in hospitals. The identified literature indicated that not only the clinical and economic attributes were considered, but also attributes related to the context of the hospital such as the effect of technology on other hospital services and others associated with the organization

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Attributes of health technology assessment (HTA), acquisition in hospitals, health care technologies.

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