During the fourth webinar, Eng. Jonathan Hart, Head of Technological Innovation and Health Technology Assessment, talked about Health Technology Assessment in the Circular Economy of Medical Devices.
HTA is a multidimensional evidence based approach for investigating the effects of a technology (not only drugs, devices or equipment, but also procedures and organizational interventions), it is therefore a comprehensive tool in evaluations relative to circular economy in healthcare.
Supply chains in all markets are suffering stock outages and back orders due raw material scarcity and demand exceeding availability; all these factors are exacerbated by current geopolitical conditions. Circular economy and management of material resources in healthcare are becoming crucial not only for its economic and environmental sustainability but also in delivering diagnostic and therapeutic services.
In healthcare the application of circular economy principles such as reuse, reduce and recycle must be carefully assessed and applied to changes in practices in order to maintain current standards in patient safety and outcomes. Just as in the general population, awareness of environmental issues is growing among healthcare professionals; there is growing attention to CO2 emissions and waste management associated to clinical activity.
The carbon footprint of medical activity is largely determined by the choice between single use and reusable devices; the selection must take into account every aspect of their employment (logistic, ecological, clinical). In the case of surgical or endoscopic instruments, the reprocessing and sterilization methods adopted also play a fundamental role; furthermore, their optimization (equipment loading, set composition) can sensibly reduce emissions and costs.
This is the fifth webinar dedicated to “Health Technology Assessment in the Circular Economy of Medical Devices”, presented by ASP Continuous Education.
24th of November 2022