Patient Safety in Medical Device Purchasing

Author: Xiaozhou Tang, MD

Primary Advisor: Todd R. Johnson, PhD (co-author)

Committee Members: Jiajie Zhang, PhD (co-author); Vimla L. Patel, PhD (co-author); James P. Turley, PhD, RN (co-author)

Masters thesis, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston.

The goal of this project is to find out how patient safety is considered in the medical device purchasing process. All the data were collected through structured interviews on site and analyzed using qualitative research methods. This paper focuses on patient safety factors other than technology, but those are technology-related, such as cost, working environment, workplace culture, and standardization of procedures resulting from the consideration of all the above factors. We analyze the results with the goal of identifying what factors other than technology should be considered in the process to ensure the selection of a safe device.