Health Policy Manag.  2020 Sep;30(3):270-276. 10.4332/KJHPA.2020.30.3.270.

Current Status and Reform Tasks in Life Cycle Management of Korean Health Technology for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era

  • 1Incheon Communicable Diseases Center, Incheon, Korea
  • 2Department of Nursing, Pyeongtaek University, Pyeongtaek, Korea
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Entering the fourth industrial revolution era, health technology is rapidly developing and the people's needs for medical services are gradually increasing. Establishing a life cycle management of health technology has emerged as a new policy agenda to cope with these changes. However, the management of health technology have been conducted without continuity and with several problems pointed out. Therefore, we suggest the reform agendas by stages to establish system for a life cycle management of health technology in the fourth industrial revolution era as follows. In the stage of development, it is important not only to provide research funding, but also consulting by professional about whole cycle of health technologies. In the phase of market entry, there are needs for enhance the system that would expand the early adoption for innovative technology and increase its effectiveness. After the spread of health technology to clinical settings, a reassessment and post management system should be established that have an institutional framework with strong price adjustment and exit mechanism. Furthermore, we hope that discussions will be brisk in macro perspective on the balancing of development in healthcare industry, health of people and national health insurance finance.


Biomedical technology; Life cycle management; Fourth Industrial Revolution
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