Offer members evidence about medical technologies

April 1, 2011

It's not uncommon for bias and inaccuracies to infiltrate consumer health information and influence members' opinions about the healthcare they receive

With the array of new health technologies clamoring for attention from consumers and providers, the impact on managed care organizations can be significant as the costs associated with making wrong decisions continue to escalate. New and emerging technologies, even those approved for marketing, often have a limited evidence base with regard to their relative effectiveness and impact on clinical outcomes. Some are no more effective than competing technologies already in widespread clinical use; many are more expensive than existing options. Likewise, serious and life-threatening safety issues often don't emerge until after a new technology has been used by large numbers of patients over a longer period of time.