Worldwide, billions of dollars are invested in health technology development. Health technology comprises a wide range of products and is used to diagnose, monitor or treat diseases or medical conditions affecting humans.
Technology is intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options and reductions in hospital stays and rehabilitation times. Recent advances in medical technology have also focused on cost reduction. Medical technology may broadly include medical devices, information technology, biotech, and healthcare services.
Revenue driven approach
There is an increasing pressure to maximize the revenues of the investments in health technology. Governments need to be informed about the benefits of spending public resources and universities may need to direct their research programs in order to maximize societal benefits.
Assuming that all health technology products need to be adopted by the heavily regulated healthcare market at one point in time, it is worthwhile to look at the logic behind healthcare decision making, specifically decision on the coverage of medical products and decisions on the use of the these products under competing and uncertain conditions.
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- Learn all about the new health technologies. Who developed it, how can they be helpful and how can they be used?
- Learn about how to evaluate these techniques concerning costs and consequences for the health care system.
- Applying your knowledge about the technologies and evaluation techniques to assess the effects and or impacts.
- Work in multidisciplinary teams
- Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
- Course level: BSc
- Target group: Students in their second and third Bachelor’s year
- Course leader: Annemieke Witteveen
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school