Evaluation of activities in the health services

M. Bracale, M. Cesarelli, G. Rutoli

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Abstract

For planning or co-ordinating health services it is necessary to have reference points for evaluating similar departments in which homogeneous or equivalent activities are carried out. It is also necessary to consider the cost/benefit of the services. The paper presents several new indices of performance which may be applied to this problem and which enable quantitative comparisons to be made between hospitals and between departments. These indices include assessment of electrical hazards and service ability of equipment as well as the ratio of technical support staff to inpatient stay. The indices have been evaluated in a few large hospitals and found to be an effective management tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalMedical and Biological Engineering and Computing
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1987

Keywords

  • Clinical engineering
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Medical equipment maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Information Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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