The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

INTRODUCING MANAGEMENT OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

DAVID H. WALKER, MA, RRT, RCP

Unlike manufacturing companies that produce particular goods, hospitals must offer and deliver the highest quality of care possible, to their customers, the patients and families. Although manufacturers must produce high quality products and/or services (to remain in business), the health care industry's failure to offer quality care, can lead to life threatening consequences. The health care industry is undergoing a rapid process of reengineering that will lead to an integration of clinical and management technologies. This will require a radical redesign of hospital systems to create seamless health care delivery processes and a leadership with a strong customer orientation. To promote the concept of Management of Medical Technology, a process that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach may help overcome the preconceived negative feelings regarding management of the hospital's technology.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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