Health Technology


Health Economics

  • A widely used term conventionally relating to the ways in which health services can promote health or prevent/postpone ill-health. The 'ways' in question are in principle very broad and may, for example, extend well beyond the practice of medicine, for example to embrace managerial arrangements and upstream social policy interventions, though it is more common for a narrower range of technologies to be embraced, even as narrow as drugs alone. Because we lack a suitable term for technologies that this narrow interpretation would exclude, it seems desirable to see its scope as even wider, to treat anything as a 'health technology' that promoted health or prevented ill-health, regardless of whether it was located in 'health services' conventionally understood.