Rational Decision-Making in Purchasing Medical Devices

Kaya G. K.

4th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Rome, Italy, 2 - 05 August 2021, pp.1-9

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-9


Medical device procurement is a complex process that involves the selection of the product and its supplier. Hospital

management tends to make medical device purchasing decisions by predominantly relying on healthcare

professionals’ experiences and observational trials on the devices. This study proposes a decision support model to

purchase medical devices and compares the findings from different approaches. The study uses TOPSIS and fuzzy-

TOPSIS methods to evaluate six mechanical ventilators under eight criteria. The results revealed that TOPSIS and

fuzzy-TOPSIS approaches ranked alternatives in the same order at each scenario, except the fourth and fifth

alternatives being in different ranking order. This study, once again, highlights the value of MCDM methods in rational

decision making in purchasing medical devices. The study suggests that integrating fuzzy logic, gathering a team of

experts and determining multiple scenarios have value in supporting decision-making.