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Ongoing mini-HTAs of medical technologies in Norway in January 2020
Norway established in 2013 a framework for the introduction of innovations into the health care system through either a national or hospital-based health technology assessment. This framework is called the “New Method.”
In this framework, all innovations should undergo HTA before being funded. If the method concerns only one or two hospitals, the assessment shall be initiated by clinicians and ran at the hospital level. The final report is disseminated via a mini-HTA database. If the method is of national concern, it undergoes Single Technology Appraisal at the national level, followed by the funding decision by the group of payers (Decision Forum, Beslutningsforum).
In January 2020, four new mini-HTA projects of medical technologies were launched:
- Continuous electroencephalography in patients with cardiac arrest (Oslo University Hospital)
- Use of implant vs. autologous material in ear construction (Oslo University Hospital)
- Inspiratory Muscle Training (Oslo University Hospital)
- Robot-assisted thyroidectomy (University Hospital of North Norway)
The full list (in Norwegian) can be seen here.
After completion of the assessment, hospital management will make a decision about the funding of studied technology in a particular hospital.
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