Hayes, Inc. Delineates 10 Questions Hospitals Should Ask Before Adopting New Health Technologies

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Updated tool aims to assist providers in technology acquisition decision-making

Hayes, Inc., a research and consulting firm that specializes in the evaluation of health technologies, recently published an updated white paper that identifies 10 questions hospitals and healthcare systems should ask before adopting new or emerging health technologies. Making Technology Acquisition Decisions: Ten Questions to Ask When Evaluating Technologies That Have a Limited Evidence Base is available as a complimentary download from the Hayes website.

“Determining the potential impact of new medical technologies is difficult when there is a limited evidence base with regard to their relative effectiveness and impact on patient outcomes,” says Dr. Winifred S. Hayes, President and CEO. “Our latest white paper outlines multiple considerations hospitals and healthcare systems should take into account before investing in a technology that is not well supported with evidence. For example, we advise hospitals to ask, ‘Does the new technology solve a serious and urgent problem the hospital is facing? Is the technology reasonably safe and can they adopt it without incurring major risk for patients, providers, and/or the hospital?’ Without asking such questions, hospitals might adopt technologies that compete with existing technologies, but are no more effective and/or safer than those already in use. These kinds of decisions add cost but don’t improve clinical outcomes.”

Hayes, Inc. is dedicated to helping hospitals, health plans, and government programs transform healthcare delivery and improve outcomes through the integration of evidence into decision making and policy development. Hayes evaluates new, emerging, and controversial medical technologies to determine clinical effectiveness, safety, and impact on healthcare quality, utilization, clinical outcomes, and cost. Hayes’ unbiased information helps clients make evidence-based decisions about acquiring, managing, and paying for health technologies, leading to improvements in clinical outcomes and cost benefit. Hayes, Inc. is a qualified woman-owned small business (WOSB).

For more information about Hayes, Inc., or to obtain a copy of this white paper, visit http://www.hayesinc.com. Or, contact Hayes, Inc. by mail at 157 S. Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446; by telephone at 215.855.0615; by e-mail at hayesinfo(at)hayesinc(dot)com; or by fax at 215.855.5218.

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