Cad Saude Publica 2013 Nov;29 Suppl 1:S179-86
Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil.
The demographic and epidemiological transitions tend to increase the role of hospitals in medical care. Within such organizations, effective, safe, and cost-effective health technologies ensure better quality of care and increase users' survival, thus emphasizing the importance of evaluation of such hospital-based technologies. This article aims to present a model for the evaluation and incorporation of technology in a teaching hospital that provides high-complexity care. The article describes an approach to methods/processes assessment that can be used easily by any hospital. The model allowed proper health technology assessment (HTA), thereby legitimizing decisions on technology incorporation by the hospital administration with high levels of acceptance and adoption by the clinical staff, suggesting that hospital-based HTA (provided that it is well-structured, with the support of institutional administration) can be a powerful tool for dissemination and valorization of HTA culture in an environment with the widest use and the greatest impact on the health system's budget.