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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This book describes technology innovation in healthcare.
Purpose: The purpose is to analyze different aspects of technology innovation and the evidence to support such changes. The objectives are to define technology change in health care; determine the drivers of innovation; discuss the use of medical technologies; and analyze the impact on health and healthcare costs.
Audience: The audience includes anyone working in healthcare or interested from a policy or economic standpoint as well anyone in the medical device or pharmaceutical industry.
Features: The book moves from a description of healthcare technology, through innovation and diffusion. This is followed by discussions of technology and health insurance including new drugs and genetic breakthroughs. The last two sections address the need for economic evaluation of technology innovations and discuss what incentives are in place to support these changes. This last section is probably the most important and least discussed in other books.
Assessment: There are several books on emerging technologies such as Emerging Technologies as a Basis for Healthcare Innovation, Klink et al. (Jossey-Bass, 2000)). But most do not go into any depth about the economic perspectives or incentives for change. This book, on the other hand, takes into account the needs of an aging society and the impact this shift is having on many medical device and pharmaceutical agencies. This is a good addition to the literature on healthcare reform and the use of technology.