Policy through procurement: introduction of digital signal process (DSP) hearing aids into the English NHS

Wendy Phillips, Louise Knight, Nigel Caldwell, John Warrington

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Abstract

Despite being a major user of many technologies and innovations, the healthcare sector's role and influence as a procurer of technologies has been poorly represented by the literature and consequently is not fully understood. Providing a practical example of the introduction of digital signal process (DSP) hearing aids in to the English NHS, this paper discusses the role of public sector procurement agencies in the uptake of technologies from the private sector and their adoption by the public sector. Employing a system of innovation (SI) approach, the paper highlights the need for policy-makers to adopt a dynamic as well as systemic perspective that recognises the shifting roles, responsibilities and interactions of key stakeholders throughout the innovation process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Policy
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • systems of innovation
  • interactive learning
  • public sector procurement

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