Conducting an economic analysis to assess the electrocardiogram's value.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Health economic analyses seek to assess the relative value (cost vs health benefit trade-offs) of medical technologies. However, these methods have been underused in studies of the electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS: We develop a framework for the economic evaluation of the ECG as a decision support tool within broader treatment strategies. We then apply this framework to the development of an economic study protocol for the Prehospital Wireless Transmission of Electrocardiograms to a Cardiologist via a Hand-held Device Multicenter study. RESULTS: Our framework defines key cost-effectiveness concepts and describes alternative methods for estimating medical costs and health benefits. We demonstrate how this framework has been applied to develop the Prehospital Wireless Transmission of Electrocardiograms to a Cardiologist via a Hand-held Device Multicenter economic protocol. CONCLUSIONS: The conduct of health economic studies alongside ECG clinical studies could provide important information for those seeking to promote newer ECG applications that require significant financial investments.
- Eisenstein, EL
- April 2006
Volume / Issue
- 39 / 2
Start / End Page
- 241 - 247
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States