alexa Laser technology planning.
Business & Management

Business & Management

International Journal of Economics & Management Sciences

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Abstract Lasers continue to be a highly useful and important surgical tool, and, in today's competitive healthcare environment, they are also an effective marketing tool. The public perceives lasers to be "high-tech" instruments, associating them with excellence of care. And the availability of state-of-the-art equipment such as lasers is often critical to medical staff recruitment. However, lasers are not universal surgical tools, as some proponents suggest. They are costly, and other less expensive technologies are acceptable and sometimes more desirable for certain procedures. Also, marketing reasons alone cannot justify laser acquisition. Faced with new, more restrictive federal regulations for Medicare reimbursement of capital expenses, hospitals need effective technology planning more than ever, particularly when planning for such "high-ticket" items as lasers. They can no longer afford to acquire lasers based on the perceptions of the public or the demands of one or even a few physicians; poor planning in the past has caused many new lasers to collect dust from low utilization. (ECRI's 1991 user survey on general-purpose surgical lasers found that, on average, hospitals use lasers in less than 5\% of their total surgical procedures.) Hospitals need to approach the acquisition of laser technology cautiously to ensure that the appropriate equipment is obtained, that it will be well utilized for procedures in which it offers a demonstrable improvement over alternative technologies, and that it will also conform to the overall strategic plan of the institution. The purpose of this article is to provide guidance on the technology acquisition process, whether a hospital is acquiring its first laser or has a well-established laser program.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
This article was published in Health Devices and referenced in International Journal of Economics & Management Sciences

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