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Technol Health Care. 1996 Sep;4(3):291-303.

Medical and dental technology assessment.

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  • 1Aetna Health Plans, San Diego, CA 92108-4512, USA.


Spiraling costs dictate that healthcare expenditures be limited to medical products and services of demonstrated safety and effectiveness, if quality care is to be provided at affordable cost. Scientifically conducted, randomized controlled trials are essential elements of this process. Applicable governmental regulatory procedures are reviewed. These serve as the foundation of the technology assessment process and should not be restricted or curtailed. Healthcare provider groups may make significant contributions in this area, when scientific investigation and objective research are emphasized. Technology manufacturers must promote and support objective analysis of their products. Healthcare insurers are assuming greater responsibility and involvement in outcomes research and technology assessment. The process by which this is accomplished by a major insurer is described. Private insurers and governmental agencies should share data in a consolidated research effort. This will require data base adjustments for compatibility and comparability in inter-agency analysis. Insurance company data bases are significant public health assets that have yet to be utilized to the fullest extent.

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