When it comes to technology assessment, Dr. Lanza noted, “the Committee on Choices in Health Care in the Netherlands has been quoted as saying that everything that is technologically possible should not be introduced into the health system. Technology assessment should be performed on all major new technology.”
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Dr. Lanza urged audience members to take responsibility regarding new technology and to question the scientific, economic, ethical, legal, and social implications.
In conclusion, panel moderator Dr. Fried said, “As innovators attempt to push the envelope, it is the clinicians, you folks in the room, who must resist the initial enthusiasm for new technology while they determine if the new technology is effective or dangerous. It behooves all of us to take that step back and assess the technology.”
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