Laure Huot, Hospital Practitioner – PharmD PhD, Pôle de Santé Publique, Service Evaluation Economique en Santé, HCL de Lyon
Implementation of technological innovations in hospitals : example of medical devices
Medical devices (MDs) are health products that represent a heterogeneous set of technologies. Their marketing is conditional only on the demonstration of their safety and clinical performance. Data relating to the clinical benefit for the patient and the efficiency of an innovative MD are not always available when it arrives in a health establishment. It is therefore necessary to generate data that will help the decision-maker, whether a clinician or a manager, to make the right choices. At the level of a health care institution, more specific data must also be investigated at local level. The methodology of Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment (hb-HTA) applied to innovative MD makes it possible to investigate, in addition to effectiveness and safety, the economic, organisational and strategic aspects, and the point of view of patients. Various examples will be presented to illustrate this continuum between research and decision-making.