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Purchasing of medical equipment in public hospitals: The mini-HTA tool

Moreshnee Govender, Debjani B Mueller, Debashis Basu


The mini-health technology assessment (HTA) tool is valuable in assessing the quality of decisions regarding health technology management in South African public hospitals. The tool demonstrates the needs for improved decision-making and for developing an appropriate, customised instrument to support decision makers regarding medical device management.

Health technology in South Africa has changed rapidly over the past two decades. Current challenges include the introduction of rapidly developing diagnostic technologies such as point-of-care testing (POCT) devices and national health insurance. The mini-HTA tool can play an important role in effective and efficient management of health technology in this setting.

Authors' affiliations

Moreshnee Govender, CMERC HTA Unit and Wits School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand

Debjani B Mueller, CMERC HTA Unit and CREMS, University Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC) and CERTC, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital University of the Witwatersrand

Debashis Basu, CMERC HTA Unit and Department of Community health, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital University of the Witwatersrand

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Health Technology asessment; Medical equipment; public hospital;

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2011;101(11):807-808.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-05-25
Date published: 2011-11-01

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