Ex­pert ad­vice on new tech­nol­ogy safety

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Ques­tion be­fore buy­ing: “Start by ask­ing what prob­lem are you try­ing to solve. Is tech­nol­ogy go­ing to fix it, and what could pos­si­bly go wrong,” ad­vises Mary Lo­gan, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Med­i­cal In­stru­men­ta­tion.

Bud­get for train­ing: Along with bud­gets for cap­i­tal costs and sup­plies, in­clude a train­ing bud­get. If it is not con­sid­ered in the up­front costs, money for train­ing is of­ten un­avail­able when the tech­nol­ogy is de­ployed, says Jim Keller, vice pres­i­dent of health tech­nol­ogy eval­u­a­tion and safety at the ECRI In­sti­tute.

Tem­per en­thu­si­asm: “En­thu­si­asm drives in­no­va­tion, but in­no­va­tion must be tem­pered by cau­tion and safety,” says Dr. Christo­pher Kane, an ex­pert in ro­botic surgery at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at San Diego.

De­ter­mine true value: “In­no­va­tion that doesn’t ad­vance med­i­cal care by mak­ing the qual­ity bet­ter or by of­fer­ing equal qual­ity at bet­ter cost is not an ad­vance­ment,” says Dr. Michael Carome, direc­tor of the Pub­lic Cit­i­zen Health Re­search Group.

Re­duce vari­a­tion: Us­ing dif­fer­ing ver­sions of the same tech­nol­ogy can be con­fus­ing for busy staff. Re­duc­ing vari­a­tion is a fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of pa­tient safety, says Dr. Ana Pu­jol­sMcKee, the Joint Com­mis­sion’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer.

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