The Future of Health Technology

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.

Are you the health scientist of the future? 

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.


Health sciences and health systems

A good health system delivers quality services to all people, when and where they need them.

Health Sciences investigates how financing systems, organizational structures, administrative processes and social factors affect access to healthcare, the quality and cost of healthcare, and ultimately our health and well-being. Its foundation is in management principles and in the social sciences. Health Sciences is essential to improving health and patient-centered care. During this course you will get an overview of health sciences and health systems.

Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) methods

Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) is a decision-making tool developed for complex problems. In a situation where multiple criteria are involved confusion can arise if a logical, well-structured decision-making process is not followed.

Another difficulty in decision making is that reaching a general consensus in a multidisciplinary team can be very difficult to achieve. By using MCA the members don't have to agree on the relative importance of the criteria or the rankings of the alternatives. Each member enters his or her own judgements, and makes a distinct, identifiable contribution to a jointly reached conclusion.

Decision tree

A decision tree is a graph that uses a branching method to illustrate every possible outcome of a decision.

Decision trees can be drawn by hand or created with a graphics program or specialized software. Informally, decision trees are useful for focusing discussion when a group must make a decision. Programmatically, they can be used to assign monetary/time or other values to possible outcomes so that decisions can be automated.

Course aim

  • 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

Course overview

  • Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
  • Course level: BSc
  • Target group: Students in their second and third Bachelor’s year
  • Course leader: Annemieke Witteveen, Sarah Janus
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school