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Latest HTA activities by the Scottish Health Technology Group
The Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG) is a national health technology assessment (HTA) agency providing advice to NHSScotland on the use of new and existing health technologies (excluding medicines), likely to have a significant impact on healthcare. NHSScotland is required to consider SHTG advice.
In July 2022, three publications were issued by SHTG:
- KardiaMobile for detecting atrial fibrillation – an adaptation of NICE guidance from 2022. SHTG recommends single-lead KardiaMobile as an option for detecting atrial fibrillation (AF) for people with suspected paroxysmal AF who present with symptoms such as palpitations and are referred for ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring by a clinician;
- Complex endovascular aneurysm repair (C-EVAR) in patients with complex aortic aneurysms is associated with a limited and low-quality evidence base. All C-EVAR undertaken should be documented as part of a formal audit and data collection program;
- Togetherall platform – a clinically managed, online community designed to improve mental health.
SHTG is working on the following assessments related to medical procedures or technologies (as of August 5, 2022):
- AI for reading chest X-Rays;
- Outpatient biopsies (reusable and disposable) equipment for suspicious laryngeal and pharyngeal lesions;
- Orthotic bracing for the treatment of children and young people (<18 years) with idiopathic scoliosis;
- Therasphere and other selective internal radiation therapies for treating (SIRT) hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer);
- Living Donor Transplantation.
See the full details here.
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