Technology is at the very core of NHS plans to deliver transformation, but making these big breakthroughs requires investment in medical equipment, IT infrastructure, and clinical technology expertise. Ruth Strickland and Caroline Finlay discuss the challenges and solutions required to ensure effective management of clinical technology.
Medical devices management is a regulated activity under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), and vitally important to the safety and efficiency of every healthcare organisation. Technology is necessary to optimise clinical outcomes and ensure clinical users have the right technology at their fingertips. NHS and private healthcare providers need to choose, use and manage clinical technology safely, compliantly, and with maximum operational and financial efficiency.
This is becoming known as ‘clinical technology management’ – the strategic management of medical devices across single and multiple site hospitals. Internationally, it has been proven that adopting systems for management of clinical technology will deliver better patient outcomes, operational, and financial sustainability
Typical findings are:
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