Digital and Innovation Policies in the Health Sector.

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    • Abstract:
      Technological innovation is a powerful game changer in the health sector, and it is transforming health organizations and services. They have contributed to increasing the quality of life of the patients and the efficiency of the systems, but more effective integration of such technologies into the health system is needed. However, the decision-making of the health organizations about technology acquisition is associated with the health outcomes and also to the efficiency of the systems. Health technologies help to optimize the decision-making process, but not always the most effective and efficient technologies are employed. This research examines how technologies are being integrated into healthcare systems, and the main research questions are RQ1 -- What are the main trend for health technology? RQ2 -- What are the main factors which facilitate technology adoption? RQ3 - How digital technology influences health policy? To answer these research questions, this article provides a literature review on the dynamics of health technology innovation and the mechanisms that affect health technology adoption and diffusion. Regarding empirical research, it will be used evidence from the health technology assessment (HTA). The main findings of this research are based on the analysis of the survey using descriptive statistics, focused on how health technologies are integrated into the health systems. Finally, it will be presented a range of policy tools to help health organisations decisions about technology adoption for improvements of the health outcomes. It set out possible areas for policy consideration that may help deal with technology adoption and diffusion in the health sector, including measures for improving the dialogue between all the health actors and the policy-makers. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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