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[ Article ] The root causes of ineffective and inefficient healthcare technology management in Benin public health sector

Date de soumission: 19-04-2018
Année de Publication: 2017
Entité/Laboratoire Laboratoire Electronique, de Telecommunication et d'Informatique Appliquée (LETIA)
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Ingénierie Electique & Electronique
Titre The root causes of ineffective and inefficient healthcare technology management in Benin public health sector
Auteurs Houngbo Pamphile Thierry [1], Zweekhorst Marjolein [2], Bunders Joske [3], Coleman Harry Laurence Selby [4], MEDENOU DATON [5], Dakpanon Laurent [6], De Cock Buning Tjard [7],
Journal: Health Policy and Technology (HPT)
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 0
Volume Journal: 6
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2017.06.004
Resume This study aims to identify the root causes and solutions of main problems facing Healthcare Technology Management in Benin's public health sector. Conducted in Benin from 2008 to 2010, two surveys were used with key actors in Healthcare Technology Management. The first survey was based on 377 questionnaires and 259 interviews, and the second involved observation and group interviews at selected health facilities The findings of the two surveys show that the problems are based on both high- and low-level corruption, characterized by self-interest and unwillingness of the policy makers to solve healthcare care equipment and maintenance problems. Appropriate solutions include: (i) development of policy and management tools to guide distribution, (ii) the use of reference price lists for procuring equipment, (iii) development of policy and management tools to guide financial resource allocation on the life cycle cost of the equipment, (iv) creation of a healthcare equipment and maintenance directorate, (v) development of policy and management tools for obsolete equipment, and (iv) the development of a new healthcare technology management policy with a budgeted action plan. We suggest that much can be improved by the strict development and implementation of policy and management tools, as well as regulations at each level of the Healthcare Technology Management process. A key role has to be attributed to the technical specialists, and the end users of equipment in healthcare facilities. Furthermore, there is a need for capacity building in Healthcare Technology Management institutions.
Mots clés Healthcare technology management; Policy and management tools; Root cause analysis; Corruption
Pages 446 - 456
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