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Potential use of indices of disease severity in the evaluation and design of medical technologies
Author(s): Richard N. Re; M. A. Krousel-Wood
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Paper Abstract

It has been argued that technology is a major driver of health care costs. However, it is possible that the inappropriate use of technology accounts for some of this rise in costs. Thus, the development of tools for assessing the outcomes of patient care in many dimensions could lead to a more appropriate use of technology with attendant cost savings. However, the determination of outcomes is dependent on controlling for the severity of patients' primary and comorbid diseases. Recently, a variety of instruments have been developed and validated for the assessment of disease severity. These instruments, coupled with data regarding definitive and surrogate outcomes, provide a means for analyzing and perfecting the use of technology. Moreover, when these techniques are coupled with economic analysis it appears possible to model the health care interaction for any given disease condition and to identify figures of merit for technologies which, if developed, would provide cost savings while maintaining or improving the quality of care. Thus, the development of appropriate measures of outcomes and disease severity offer the opportunity to more properly and efficiently employ the technology of today, while pointing the way to technology which, if developed, would provide a greater cost savings tomorrow.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2499, Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions, (27 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.225304
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Richard N. Re, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation (United States)
M. A. Krousel-Wood, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2499:
Health Care Technology Policy II: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care: Providing the Solutions
Warren S. Grundfest, Editor(s)

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