Health technology assessment

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Jul 2021

In June 2021, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in England released six MedTech-related reports in its Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Journal, which concerned tibial nerve stimulation for urinary incontinence treatment, imaging in ophthalmology, in-vitro diagnostics, and eHealth. HTA Journal publishes research reports on the effectiveness, costs, and broader impact of health technologies for those who use, manage, and provide care in the NHS, and informs National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. Read more

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Jul 2021

In June 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published two new Interventional Procedure Guidance (laser lithotripsy for difficult-to-treat bile duct stones and percutaneous insertion of a closure device to repair a paravalvular leak around a replaced mitral or aortic valve), one new Medical Technologies Guidance (Plus Sutures for preventing surgical site infection), and four new Medtech Innovation Briefings (RapidAI for analyzing CT/MRI brain scans, WoundExpress, Magtrace and Sentimag, and SYNE-COV). Also, four clinical guidelines were updated, and two new published. Read more

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Jun 2021

On June 16, 2021, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has opened the submission period for proposals for topics of the health technology assessment (HTA) reports to be developed in 2022. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published five new Interventional Procedure Guidance (ex-situ machine perfusion for extracorporeal preservation of lungs for transplant, transvaginal laser therapy for stress urinary incontinence and for urogenital atrophy, electrohydraulic lithotripsy for difficult-to-treat bile duct stones, and permanent His-bundle pacemaker for heart failure), one new Medical Technologies Guidance (UroLift for benign prostatic hyperplasia), and two new Medtech Innovation Briefings (Axonics sacral neuromodulation system for faecal incontinence and KODEX-EPD for cardiac imaging during ablation of arrhythmias). Also, three clinical guidelines and two Medical Technologies Guidance were updated. Read more

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Jun 2021

In late May 2021, the Treatment Council (Behandlingsråd), a new framework for assessing treatments and health technologies in Denmark, started accepting applications for the assessment of health technologies. Read more

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Jun 2021

The Health Sciences Institute in Aragon (IACS) systematically evaluates healthcare technologies and facilitates the promotion of research, effective innovation, and decision-making in health services through knowledge management. Currently, the IACS is working on assessments of efficacy, effectiveness, and safety of intraoperative radiation therapy in breast cancer, determination of preeclampsia biomarkers SFlt-1 and PlGF, treatment of congenital ventricular septal defect by cardiac catheterization, and others. Read more

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Jun 2021

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing health technology assessments concerning in-vitro diagnostics in its Diagnostic Guidance and Medtech Innovation Briefing programs. As of June 08, 2021, there are ten ongoing assessments. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, NICE published an impact report on diagnostic pathology, which provides an uptake analysis of several NICE-recommended pathology diagnostics, including high-sensitivity troponin tests, placental growth factor (PIGF)-based tests for suspected pre-eclampsia, faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for colorectal cancer, and others. Read more

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Jun 2021

In May 2021, the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) published a report on next-generation sequencing (NGS) for molecular diagnosis and selection of therapeutic targets in oncological diseases. The studies identified present favorable results on the diagnostic efficacy of the NGS-based gene panels; the evidence on the clinical effectiveness of NGS panels remains limited. The authors emphasize the need for further studies. Read more

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Jun 2021

For the first time in three years, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) received data within the framework of the early benefit assessment of new examination and treatment methods (NUB) with high-risk medical devices according to §137h of Social Code Book (SGB) V. This involves seven invasive therapeutic cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, and urological procedures. Read more

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Jun 2021

In 2013, Norway established a framework, “New Method,” for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. As of June 7, 2021, five HTAs of in-vitro diagnostics are in progress. Read more

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Jun 2021

On April 29, 2021, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HTA Programme opened NICE Rolling Call for first-stage applications that should meet research recommendations provided by NICE guidance published from 2015 onwards. The first-stage application deadline is September 01, 2021. Read more