TITLE

Resource management in cardiovascular engineering: is outsourcing the solution?

AUTHOR(S)
Feyrer, Richard; Weyand, Michael; Kunzmann, Udo
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Perfusion;Sep2005, Vol. 20 Issue 5, p289
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In recent years, modern medicine has changed considerably. At maximum care centers, in particular, the use of state-of-the-art medical equipment has become an essential part of patient care. However, using such high-tech products also means a considerable burden on the financial resources available, because additional financing is rare. Consequently, there is a need for approaches that allow the use of state-of-the-art equipment without straining the budget unduly. The question now is whether economic strategies that have long since been established in other industries, e.g., the outsourcing of certain services, represent a potential solution for the economic problems of modern clinics. The fundamentals of outsourcing and its pros and cons are outlined and discussed, taking cardiovascular perfusion as an example, a cost-intensive field of heart surgery that is responsible for attending to heart–lung machines, artificial hearts and circulatory support systems.
ACCESSION #
18281909

 

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