Objective: Our study aims to provide a practical contribution to the
field of medical technology assessment within a new paradigm. This
paradigm indicates the need for more comprehensive technology
assessments in the development stage of a new technology.
Method: We introduce a method, based on Saaty's Analytic Hierarchy
Process, which quantitatively supports discussions between the
various actors that shape the technology's development and diffusion.
These discussions focus on technical, medical, social, and economical
requirements relevant to the design and diffusion of the new
Discussion: In contrast to more traditional technology
assessments, our method encompasses the perspectives of the diverse
actors in the social context of technology development and diffusion.
It influences their decision making on technology design and
diffusion in order to improve this technology's later clinical as
well as social effectiveness.