The limited state of technology assessment for medical devices: Facing the issues

Scott D. Ramsey, Bryan R. Luce, Richard Deyo, Gary Franklin

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Abstract

Medical devices are an integral part of clinical practice and account for a substantial proportion of the national health budget. Clinical testing and regulation of medical devices, however, is vastly different from and inferior to the testing and regulation of drugs. As managed care organizations begin to exert controls on device use, providers are being caught between the policies of their organizations and the demands of device manufacturers and patients, who want wider access to devices. We outline several reasons for the poor state of medical device evaluations and the dangers of using devices without adequate information, and include the recently developed device assessment and reporting guidelines created by the Task Force on Technology Assessment of Medical Devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)SP188-SP199
JournalAmerican Journal of Managed Care
Volume4
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. SEPT.
StatePublished - Sep 25 1998

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    Ramsey, S. D., Luce, B. R., Deyo, R., & Franklin, G. (1998). The limited state of technology assessment for medical devices: Facing the issues. American Journal of Managed Care, 4(SPEC. ISS. SEPT.), SP188-SP199.