What's on the 2015 Canadian Top 10 List of Game-Changing Health Technologies?

SASKATOON, April 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Five emerging drugs and five new medical devices have been selected as Canada's top 10 new and emerging health technologies by the Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH) and a panel of clinical experts. The second annual Top 10 New and Emerging Health Technology Watch List will be publicly announced today at the 2015 CADTH Symposium.

For the second consecutive year, CNESH has been working to identify which new and emerging health technologies hold the greatest promise to improve both the lives of patients and the delivery of health care.

The Network's selections consist of a broad range of medical innovations, including specialized underwear to prevent bedsores, an antimicrobial medication that shows promise fighting a wide range of bacteria (including bacteria resistant to previously available antibiotics), and a hand-held vision scanner that accurately detects common vision problems in young children.

"Every day, we read sensational stories about the promise of new health technologies and wonder if they will really make a difference to our health or the health care system," said Rosmin Esmail, Chair of CNESH and Director of Health Technology Assessment and Adoption at Alberta Health Services. "But CNESH cuts through the hype and creates a list of potential game-changers; a list based on evidence and one that can help decision-makers plan for the future when it comes to new and emerging technologies."

The term "health technologies" refers to medical and dental devices, diagnostic tests, and medical, surgical, or dental procedures, as well as drugs — anything that can be described as a "health intervention." Through a public call for nominations more than 50 submissions were received from across Canada and around the world. CNESH and the panel of clinical experts assessed each submission's potential impact on clinical effectiveness, patient survival, quality of life, patient safety, or costs to the health care system.

The Top 10 New and Emerging Health Technology Watch List: 2015

  • Andexanet alfa for bleeding episodes
  • Electrically stimulated underwear for pressure ulcers
  • Eravacycline antibiotic for multidrug-resistant infections
  • Medication LCZ696 for heart failure
  • Nivolumab for melanoma
  • Molecular breast imaging system
  • Pediatric vision scanner for detection of strabismus (misaligned eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) in preschool children
  • Remote monitoring of cardiac devices
  • Secukinumab for psoriasis
  • Toraymyxin for sepsis

A backgrounder on each of these technologies can be found here. Each of the 10 summaries features key facts about the technology, its potential advantages, how it could change current practice, and who might benefit from it.

The top 10 list will be publicly unveiled and discussed at a presentation during the 2015 CADTH Symposium held at TCU Place in Saskatoon at 11:00 a.m. CT on April 13. Speakers will include:

  • Rosmin Esmail, Director of Health Technology Assessment and Adoption in the Research, Innovation and Analytics portfolio, Alberta Health Services
  • Cédric Jehanno, Project Manager, Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS)
  • John Soloninka, President and Chief Executive Officer, HTX — the Health Technology Exchange
  • Alain Boisvert, Vice-President, Market Access and Public Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Andra Morrison, Program Development Officer (Medical Devices), CADTH
  • Alison Drinkwater, Director, Public Affairs, Baxter.


The CNESH membership includes clinicians, researchers, and health technology assessment experts who work closely with senior decision-makers throughout the Canadian health care system. CADTH serves as the secretariat for CNESH. The full membership of CNESH can be found here.

CNESH was established in 2011. Its primary purpose is to identify and share information on new and emerging health technologies, an activity known as horizon scanning. This information can be used to support health care decision-making and help to facilitate the appropriate adoption and use of effective and safe health technologies.


SOURCE Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health

Image with caption: "The CNESH Top 10 New & Emerging Health Technology Watch List was announced April 13, 2015. (CNW Group/Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150413_C8554_PHOTO_EN_14215.jpg

For further information: Media contact for CNESH Watch List: Andrea Tiwari, Communications Officer, Tel: 613 226 2553, ext. 1247 or 613 614 6863, AndreaT@cadth.ca

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