Current Challanges are:
No evidence‐based or systematic medical device assessment tool
No tracking system that links device acquisition to disease management protocols and changing disease profiles
No cost‐saving strategies to inform the purchase of medical devices
Often devices are in short‐supply or unnecessarily over‐supplied
Difficulties of inventory management, wastage and pilferage
Purchases of inappropriate technology (under‐specified or even over‐specified) results in fruitless expenditure.
There is a need for robust medical device assessment framework that is based on information, reason, health needs analysis, priority mapping and impact evaluation, to ensure value for money, fully functional devices at all times, for effective service delivery.
The overall objective of this project is to evaluate the Health Department’s existing medical device audit and procurement processes for appropriate and effective medical devices aimed at achieving positive health outcomes.