Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Drs Perry and Thamer1 discuss the important role of evidence-based medicine
principles in medical decision making. Similarly, it is imperative that new
devices and procedures be critically evaluated before they are made available
to the public, and that older technologies be reevaluated to ensure that they
continue to provide benefit. Medical technologies continue to evolve, and
this review must not be a one-time exercise.2
As a major purchaser of medical services, the Health Care Financing Administration
(HCFA) is keenly interested in such technology assessment.
Whyte JJ, Hill H, Kang J. Evidence-Based Assessment of Medical Technology. JAMA. 2000;283(21):2792-2793. doi:10.1001/jama.283.21.2787