How Hospitals Confront New Technology

Dear CSS Members and Colleagues:

As the next annual meeting of the CSS will consider Disruptive Technologies for Shoulder Arthroplasty, I thought it appropriate to share an article with you about how hospitals must deal with the dilemma of technology adoption and return on investment. We can consider many recent technologies which have benefited patients, such as cross-linked Poly for joint replacement. Initially hospitals had to consider the added cost over conventional poly. In my opinion, the central problem to adoption of all new technology is one of value creation. The issue is how do we measure the value and who captures it. Moreover, if you are the customer, namely the hospital, how do you absorb the added cost of such technology and what is your ROI? In the case of cross-linked poly the value is clearly in the durability of the implant and this is captured by the patient.

Consider these issues in context of this article as one thing is for sure. Everyone who is a member of CSS believes as did Codman that innovation is central to creation of value. His words were “Give me something different for there is a chance of it being better.”

Kind Regards,

Jon “JP” Warner, MD

Founder, CSS

Recent Posts

See All

Digital Technology in Shoulder Surgery

Dear Colleagues: It is now very clear that digital technology is changing shoulder surgery and, in particular, shoulder arthroplasty. The following videos on VuMedi are a few examples of how innovativ

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Archive