Catalan register of medical technology equipment

Estrada MD
Record ID 31998008639
Catalan, English, Spanish
Authors' objectives:

To present updated information about the introduction and diffusion of health technology in Catalonia, addressed to governmental authorities and other health professionals.

Authors' results and conclusions: This paper provides detailed information about the digital angiography services (portable digital angiographers have not been included), bone densitometers, ultrasound devices, gammacameras, therapeutic lasers, lithotripters, mammographers, high energy radiotherapy (lineal accelerators and cobalt bombs), magnetic resonance devices and computerized tomographers. A parallel diffusion pattern has been found when comparing the information regarding the year of introduction, in the health care sector (private or public) and by each of the health technologies. However, four distinct exceptions were found: magnetic resonance devices, bone densitometers and therapeutical lasers (private sector) and lineal accelerators (public sector). In the diffusion of health technologies according to health care sectors, it has been observed that the amount of each individual technology, except for litotriptors (public and private sectors), and lineal accelerators (private sector), has increased since their introduction year. Comparing the quantitative distribution of health technologies by sector shows that the private sector has a higher number (>= double) of magnetic resonance units, bone densitometers and therapeutical lasers, and the public sector has a higher number of high energy radiotherapy units, mammographers and ultrasound devices. Regarding the geographical distribution of the health technology by health care region, the region of Barcelona city concentrates most of the health technology in Catalonia.
Authors' recommendations: In order to assess the health technology described, it is necessary in the first place to have access to complete accurate data. Thus the register follows recent introductions and acquisitions, and it describes the current state of diffusion and distribution of the health technology in Catalonia
Authors' methods: Survey
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Registries
  • Technology, High-Cost
Organisation Name: Agencia de Qualitat i Avaluacio Sanitries de Catalunya
Contact Address: Antoni Parada, CAHTA, Roc Boronat, 81-95 (2nd floor), 08005 Barcelona, Spain, Tel. +34 935 513 928, Fax: +34 935 517 510
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Copyright: Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research
This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment from a member of INAHTA or other HTA producer. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database.