HOW MIGHT TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
We conducted in-depth interviews with eight medical device manufacturers and nine managed care organizations about the processes of technology assessment and technology adoption by MCOs. Combining information from these interviews, the discussion at the October 7 meeting, and the literature provides an incomplete, yet in many ways revealing, view of these processes. This view, in turn, suggests several issues that might be confronted in hopes of improving the system.
No matter how much society values medical care and medical innovation, it must also accept the relevance of costs of delivering health care under private insurance arrangements.1 While medical innovation is believed to be a leading cause of increasing costs of medical care, the consequent improvements in health are highly valued by consumers.2 Undoubtedly, some medical innovations that are____________________