Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2011


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Technology Assessment and Acquisition

Course Number

ETM 531/631


This study presents a technology assessment for reducing Nosocomial infections. Nosocomial infections (also known as hospital-acquired infection or HAI) present numerous problems for healthcare institutions including increased costs, increased use of hazardous cleaners, and patient reluctance towards treatment. Our goal is to incorporate more than the traditional economic point of view in evaluating alternatives for reducing infections. The Analytical Hierarchy Process is used to assess the feasibility of candidate technologies. Traditional criteria such as infection reduction and cost are used in addition compatibility with existing procedures and staff acceptance were used for evaluating technologies. Infection reduction and staff acceptance were determined to be the most important criterion through expert interviews. The analysis established that utilizing RFID for hand washing compliance was the superior technology given its superior reduction in HAI’s and good staff & patent acceptance.


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