Background: Purchasing medical equipment is one of the
most important decisions in hospitals. This study identified and prioritized
the factors affecting the purchase of diagnostic medical equipment in public
hospitals in Iran so that according to the limited resources of the health
system, it is possible to take optimal steps to improve the quality of health
Method: This study was performed in 2019 by the
qualitative method. Participants in the study were medical equipment managers
and health technology assessment experts working at
Iranian University Hospitals (UHs) who were purposefully selected. After
recording, all interviews were transcribed and coded, and then the data were
categorized into main and sub-categories using framework analysis. The data
were saturated after 15 semi-structured interviews.
Results: The research findings showed that 15
different components of purchasing diagnostic medical equipment in UHs of Iran
are considered, among which quality, initial cost, ease of use, and observance
of rules and regulations are among the most important components.
Conclusion: Using standard criteria for purchasing
diagnostic technologies in the hospital can lead to the identification and selection
of the best brands for the purchase of equipment, and with the proper
management of health resources, justice and the promotion of the health system
can be achieved.
Keywords: Purchase, Medical Equipment, Prioritization,