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Medical device technologies: who is the user?
by Syed Ghulam Sarwar Shah, Ian Robinson
International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (IJHTM), Vol. 9, No. 2, 2008

 

Abstract: A myriad of medical devices deployed by many users play an essential role in healthcare, and they, and their users, need to be defined, classified and coded effectively. This study provides definitions of terms frequently employed to describe the users of medical device technologies (MDT) as well as a classification of such users. Devices are widely used, developed and assessed by many others than clinicians. Thus, users of medical devices need to be classified in various relevant ways, such as primary and secondary users; user groups such as healthcare professionals, patients, carers, persons with disabilities, those with special needs, as well as professionals allied with healthcare. Proper definition and classification of MDT users is particularly important for integrating the users' perspectives in the process of MDT development and assessment, as well as in relation to the regulatory, health and safety, and insurance perspectives concerning MDT.

 

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