New Health Technologies

Managing Access, Value and Sustainability

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This report discusses the need for an integrated and cyclical approach to managing health technology in order to mitigate clinical and financial risks, and ensure acceptable value for money. The analysis considers how health systems and policy makers should adapt in terms of development, assessment and uptake of health technologies. The first chapter provides an examination of adoption and impact of medical technology in the past and how health systems are preparing for continuation of such trends in the future. Subsequent chapters examine the need to balance innovation, value, and access for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, respectively, followed by a consideration of their combined promise in the area of precision medicine. The final chapter examines how health systems can make better use of health data and digital technologies. The report focuses on opportunities linked to new and emerging technologies as well as current challenges faced by policy makers, and suggests a new governance framework to address these challenges.



Executive summary

New technologies are entering health care systems at an unprecedented pace: remote sensors, robotics, genomics, stem cells, and artificial intelligence are on the cusp of becoming a normal part of medical care. Medicines can now be combined with nanotechnologies and digital tools. 3D printing is already used to manufacture implants, and bioprinting is expected soon to modify organ transplantation. Precision medicine, which establishes links between individuals’ biology and their diseases, promises to increase our understanding of diseases and help better target treatments. Vast amounts of electronic data related to health and wellness are being generated by health systems and by individuals. Collectively, these data hold valuable information that could foster improvement in all health system activities, from clinical care to population health, to research and development.


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