Challenges in the assessment of medical devices: the MedtecHTA project

R. Tarricone, A. Torbica, M.F. Drummond

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Assessing medical devices (MDs) raises challenges which require us to reflect on whether current methods are adequate. Major features of devices are: (i) device–operator interaction can generate learning curve effects; (ii) incremental nature of innovation needs to be addressed by careful identification of the alternatives for comparative and incremental costeffectiveness analysis; and (iii) broader organizational impact in terms of training and infrastructure, coupled with dynamic pricing, requires a more flexible approach to costing. The objective of the MedtecHTA project was to investigate improvements in HTA methods to allow for more comprehensive evaluation of MDs. It consisted of several work packages concerning (i) the available evidence on the currently adopted approaches for regulation and HTA of medical devices; (ii) the geographical variation in access to MDs; (iii) the development of methodological frameworks for conducting comparative effectiveness research and economic evaluation of MDs; and (iv) the organizational impact of MDs. This introductory paper summarizes the main results of the project and draws out the main overarching themes. This supplement represents a comprehensive report of all the main findings of the MedtecHTA project, and it is intended to be the main source for researchers and policy makers wanting information on the project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Economics
Issue numberSuppl 1
Early online date31 Jan 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jan 2017

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  • MedtecHTA
  • medical devices
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • economic evaluation
  • methods

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