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Revista Ingeniería Biomédica

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CHAVARRIA-CHAVARRIA, Tatiana. Automated health technology assessment tool for clinical laboratories. Rev. ing. biomed. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.23, pp.13-24. ISSN 1909-9762.

The purpose of this paper is to describe a tool which will aid clinical laboratories standardize the process of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and selection of automatic medical equipment at the analytical stage facilitating decision making.

The development of this tool was made by interviewing experts from four different clinical laboratories in our department. After this activity was complete we used a software to establish the based on evidence methodology to evaluate healthcare technology. We obtained a standardized process to evaluate automatic biomedical equipment in clinical laboratories by addressing the real technology need and then conducting a technical, clinical, economical and logistical analysis of each and every automatic medical equipment that could be used to solve that need.

In order to make HTA process that includes both the evaluation and selection appropriate, the software grade all medical equipment that could be used to solve the identified need by its characteristics, specifications, attributes and functions.

This work concludes with an alternative standardized method that could be used not only for the evaluation, selection and acquisition of appropriate automatic medical technology but also that improves and facilitates the evaluation process of these devices in clinical laboratories.

Keywords : Automated biomedical technology; Clinical laboratories; Health technology assessment; Software.

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