New Health Technologies

Managing Access, Value and Sustainability

image of New Health Technologies

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.



The past and potential future impact of new health technology

The proliferation of health technology over the past century has profoundly influenced service delivery and health outcomes. It has also been a dominant factor in the growth of health care expenditure observed in the majority of OECD countries over this time. Has the expenditure growth been “worth it” in terms of health benefits? Could more value have been generated by allocating resources in alternative ways? These questions are ever more important given the modern context of fiscal limitations, demographic changes and rising community expectations. This chapter examines the historical impact of health technology and applies these learnings to the future management and integration of emerging technologies such as precision medicine, combination products, mobile health and 3D bioprinting. It discusses the need for and utility of efforts such as horizon scanning and foresight studies to help health care systems prepare for the types of health technology that are still some way off but have the potential to both disrupt and revolutionise health care delivery.



This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error