Innovation in rehabilitation technology: technological opportunities and socioeconomic implications – a theoretical model
Source: International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, Volume 10, Numbers 4-5, 16 December 2009 , pp. 245-261(17)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Innovation in stroke rehabilitation technology is discussed that, based on published epidemiological and economic data, represents an urgent case to deal with adopting a multidisciplinary perspective. A theoretical model is proposed for the evaluation of socioeconomic implications related to an early diagnosis and early and timely adjustments in the stroke treatment strategy. The model is applied to the case of a new rehabilitation technology: the ALLADIN diagnostic device. The model compares a traditional approach – 'trial and error strategy' – to the innovative one – 'in progress evaluation', considering the diagnostic and rehabilitative steps of the patient's assistive route and assessing social and economic benefits of the innovative device. The new technology allows a precise initial assessment of both the severity of stroke and the level of lost functionality, as long as an evaluation of the expected return from different potential therapies. Moreover, supposing that higher severity of stroke implies higher level of disabilities and social costs, and that the negative impact increases as the level of disability increases, the use of innovative rehabilitation technologies would be more effective in the case of patients with severe and very severe stroke.
Keywords: HEALTHCARE AND LEISURE JOURNALS; Healthcare and Medical Engineering; MANAGEMENT JOURNALS; PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION JOURNALS; Policy and Organisational Management; Public Policy and Public Services; Technology Management
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: E – TX – MAN Research Centre and MAIN Lab, Scuola Superiore Sant 2: Anna, Piazza Martiri della Liberta, 33 – 56127 Pisa, Italy. 3: Quality and Accreditation Department, National Agency for Healthcare Services, Via Puglie, 23 – 00187 Roma, Italy. 4: Anna, Piazza Martiri della Liberta, 33 56127 Pisa, Italy.
Publication date: 2009-12-16
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