n South African Medical Journal - A new horizon for the medical device sector in South Africa : correspondence
|Article Title||A new horizon for the medical device sector in South Africa : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of the Witwatersrand, 2 University of the Witwatersrand, 3 University of the Witwatersrand, 4 University Carlo Cattaneo (LIUC), Italy, 5 CMeRC Health Technology Assessment Unit, 6 CMeRC Health Technology Assessment Unit and 7 CMeRC Health Technology Assessment Unit|
|Publication Date||May 2014|
Access to high-quality, safe and appropriate priority medical devices is becoming the bedrock of delivery of effective and efficient healthcare across the world. The use of medical devices impacts on the continuum of care under the universal health coverage strategy. However, the decision-making process relating to commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of medical devices, often taken without evidence, results in poor service delivery, particularly in developing countries. The World Health Organization baseline country survey provides a global reference on health technologies, and particularly on the availability of specific medical devices, policies, guidelines, standards and services. It is necessary to develop country-specific case studies to elaborate on these reports and to share road maps from the progress made in different countries.
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