OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Each year, countless innovative
technologies emerge on the health care horizon with claims of improving
patient outcomes, helping control costs, and transforming Canadian
But which ones truly hold the greatest promise?
It's a challenging question confronting today's health care
decision-makers, and one that the Canadian Network for Environmental
Scanning in Health (CNESH) is trying to address. CNESH is now inviting
the community at large to help it find the answers.
"Our major initiative is an annual Top 10 Watch List of new and emerging
health technologies that could transform the delivery of health care,"
says Rosmin Esmail, chair of CNESH and director of the Strategic
Clinical Networks Health Technology Assessment and Adoption at Alberta
"We're asking anyone in Canada or around the world with knowledge of
what's in the health technology pipeline to get involved and nominate a
technology — including industry, government, clinicians, hospitals,
academia, and the public."
The nomination form for the Top 10 Watch List is available online at www.cadth.ca/cnesh. Nominators are asked to provide the name and manufacturer of the
technology they recommend for the list, as well as supporting
documentation such as clinical trials and other evidence that can
explain why a particular technology may be a game-changer. Clinical
effectiveness, patient survival, impact on quality of life, safety, or
costs to the health care system are elements that CNESH will consider
in finalizing the list. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday,
October 17, 2014.
Ms. Esmail is careful to point out that, for CNESH, the term "health
technologies" refers to medical and dental devices, diagnostics and
procedures, as well as drugs — anything that can be described as a
CNESH will announce the 2015 Top 10 Watch List at the annual CADTH
Symposium taking place in Saskatoon from April 12 to 14, 2015.
"Keeping your finger on the pulse of innovation in health care has
become a daunting task for the people managing our health care
institutions and systems," says Ms. Esmail. "And without good evidence,
making decisions about whether to invest in new health technologies is
fraught with challenges and uncertainty.
"The goal of CNESH is to take an evidence-based approach to scanning the
horizon, identify emerging technologies that have the greatest
potential for a positive impact, and share that information broadly
within Canadian health care."
CADTH provides secretariat and operational support to CNESH. For more
information about CNESH and the Top 10 nomination process, please
contact Andra Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOURCE: Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH)
For further information:
Rosmin Esmail, MSc CHE
Director, Strategic Clinical Networks Health Technology Assessment and Adoption
Innovation and Research Operations
Research Innovation and Analytics Portfolio
Alberta Health Services