Make decisions and allocate resources based on decision-makers’ informed judgements.
All health systems have to decide how best to use their resources, which usually requires confronting trade-offs between multiple criteria from multiple stakeholder perspectives.
Such decision-making is increasingly supported by techniques from Multi-Criteria Decision-Making.
- Prioritization of patients for access to elective (non-urgent) health care (more »)
Health technology prioritization
- Prioritization of spending on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, equipment, procedures, etc (more »)
Disease classification and diagnosis
- Identification of criteria for classifying and diagnosing diseases (more »)
- Identification and prioritization of treatment guidelines (more »)
Other health applications
- Planning for and responding to disasters and pandemics (e.g. allocating Tamiflu)
- Assessing students for admission to medical school
- Ranking health professionals for jobs (e.g. junior doctors for hospitals)
- Allocating hospital budgets and prioritizing business projects
- Ranking new medical innovations
- Allocating research funding, etc
- Representing health-related quality of life (e.g. EQ-5D)