Within the European Community COMMETT programme to improve collaboration between universities and industry in the field of initial and advanced technological training, a project was initiated to investigate the training requirements for medical technology assessment with a view to defining teaching materials and syllabuses in this way. Knowledge of the effect of the rapid spread of medical technologies would help the health service and medical technology industry to use these technologies in a more predictable and efficient manner.
The Institute for Technology Assessment was invited along with some 25 institutes in Europe to take part in this project. First of all local experts from throughout the health service were asked what course material they thought essential. Austrian requirements and interests were included from the start and taken into account in developing the curriculum.
Thanks to the participation of other European countries, it was possible to incorporate their experience of medical technology assessment in the Austrian model. To assess the potential offered by new medical technologies, an investigation was made of the structures that influence their use. The advantages and shortcomings in comparison with models in other countries, possible improvements through technology assessment, ways in which these improvements could be implemented, and lastly the training requirements themselves were all investigated.
01/1992 - 12/1992