Abstract Objectives The shortage of resources for healthcare has risen the quest for more rational models and practices for technology selection at a hospital level. Uncertainty is a critical issue. This paper aims to shed first light on this issue through an investigation on the content and the process of budgeting technology adoption with respect to uncertainty. Methods An exploratory multi-case study was carried out to gain a better understanding of the current practice of technology assessment at a hospital level. Five Italian hospitals were selected. Key informants from the budget committees have been interviewed with a structured questionnaire based on the results of an electronic literature search. Results Five domains of uncertainty have been identified. They have been deployed in a list of 15 relevant issues that should be reviewed during the budget process. The hospitals in the sample cope with these issues in a peculiar manner. Organisational uncertainty is broadly overcome. Reporting about technology performance after the adoption is missing. Conclusion Policy makers should facilitate hospitals: (a) to develop a multi-disciplinary and evidence based practice for technology selection, (b) to assess and manage uncertainty, and (c) to build a reporting system regarding technology performance in order to build fair practices for technology selection and support continuous learning.

Uncertainty inclusion in budgeting technology adoption at a hospital level: Evidence from a multiple case study

LETTIERI, EMANUELE
2009

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Abstract Objectives The shortage of resources for healthcare has risen the quest for more rational models and practices for technology selection at a hospital level. Uncertainty is a critical issue. This paper aims to shed first light on this issue through an investigation on the content and the process of budgeting technology adoption with respect to uncertainty. Methods An exploratory multi-case study was carried out to gain a better understanding of the current practice of technology assessment at a hospital level. Five Italian hospitals were selected. Key informants from the budget committees have been interviewed with a structured questionnaire based on the results of an electronic literature search. Results Five domains of uncertainty have been identified. They have been deployed in a list of 15 relevant issues that should be reviewed during the budget process. The hospitals in the sample cope with these issues in a peculiar manner. Organisational uncertainty is broadly overcome. Reporting about technology performance after the adoption is missing. Conclusion Policy makers should facilitate hospitals: (a) to develop a multi-disciplinary and evidence based practice for technology selection, (b) to assess and manage uncertainty, and (c) to build a reporting system regarding technology performance in order to build fair practices for technology selection and support continuous learning.
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