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Nov 2023

Funding for AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission in the UK

In late October 2023, the UK Government announced £100 million funding for the “AI Life Sciences Accelerator Mission”. The Mission will advance and expand the use of AI in life sciences and tackle the country’s major health challenges outlined by Life Sciences Vision.
Nov 2023

Reduction of reimbursement for the clinical laboratory by 15% in Belgium

In November 2023, the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (INAMI-RIZIV) announced the budget reduction for reimbursement of clinical laboratory services by 15% from January 2024. INAMI-RIZIV considers this reimbursement still sufficient and will reallocate released funds to other projects in health care. The reduction will not impact molecular biological and genetic testing.
Nov 2023

Launch of the nationwide telemedicine solution for COPD in Denmark

In November 2023, the Danish Regions announced the launch of a national telemedicine solution for patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The telemedicine platform Telma, developed by regions and municipalities, comprises a software application for patients connected to devices measuring patients' clinical parameters (such as blood oxygen), which clinicians then assess remotely.
Nov 2023

36 cardiovascular projects funded in Spain

In November 2023, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) informed that the La Marató Foundation selected 36 cardiovascular projects together with eight other projects in a ranked reservation list to be funded.
Nov 2023

€130 million allocated to launch of the Personalized Digital Care Plan in Spain

On October 20, 2023, the Spanish Ministry of Health announced that a budget of 130 million euros was allocated to support the upcoming launch of the Personalized Digital Care Plan. Healthcare digitalization is already a well-established reality that materialized into the Digital Health Strategy with more than 800 million euros budget allocated since 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oct 2023

UK Government will invest £30 million in innovative technology for NHS

UK patients will benefit from a £30 million government investment in innovative medical technology, which will help ease pressures on the NHS this winter. The Integrated care systems will be able to invest in the latest technology that can help cut waiting lists, speed up diagnosis, and deliver new and improved ways to treat patients.
Oct 2023

Call for input regarding MRgFUS for the “New Methods” framework in Norway

The “New Methods” framework invited interested parties to submit information regarding magnetic resonance-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) for treating intracranial tumors, neurodegenerative disease, and pain related to bone metastases before October 31, 2023. Ordering Forum will then decide whether the method will undergo evaluation at the national level.
Aug 2023

The annual call for changes in UK national screening programs was rescheduled

In August 2023, the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) announced that the annual call for new topics is rescheduled. The next call will open from July 1 to September 30, 2024, and there will be no annual call in 2023. During the call, stakeholders can propose potential new screening programs or new technologies not yet considered by the UK NSC.
Aug 2023

2023-2028 strategy for “New Methods” framework published in Norway

In August 2023, the 2023-2028 strategy for the “New Methods” framework was published. The strategy defines the most important objectives for further improvement of the framework over the next five years, including the development of appropriate processes and prioritization criteria for medical devices and procedures.
Aug 2023

Danish Health Technology Council updated evaluation methods and processes

In August 2023, the Danish Health Technology Council (Behandlingsråd) decided to conduct evaluations based on completed health technology assessments (HTA) from other countries, adopting their results to the Danish context. This evaluation method will be introduced in addition to the currently used. The Council has already selected the first four HTAs for evaluation.