Summit on Healthcare Technology in
The Summit on Healthcare Technology in Nonclinical Settings took place on October 9-10, 2013.
Healthcare technology no longer is limited to just hospitals. Increasingly, it is moving into homes and other nonclinical locations—making it possible to reduce hospital costs and increase patient comfort and convenience. However, there are risks and challenges to consider as this technology is placed in nonclinical environments, in the hands of individuals who are not medical professionals. This summit addressed some of those risks and challenges.
The event brought together leaders from the medical device industry and regulatory bodies, clinicians from healthcare institutions, researchers, and others to identify, discuss, and formulate strategic initiatives and priorities focused on ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical technology in nonclinical settings.
The summit illuminated many impediments to safe, effective healthcare outside of hospitals. The approaches that work well in robust hospital infrastructures, with well-trained professionals, fall short in highly variable nonclinical settings.