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Health technologies are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options, reduction in hospital stays and rehabilitation duration. New medical technologies keep emerging, but healthcare costs are rising. Even though a new technology seem to be very promising, only a limited amount of health technologies will in the end be used in clinical practice. To make wise choices on the development of new technologies in healthcare, early health technology assessments to evaluate the potential cost-effectiveness of such new devices is necessary.
In this course we will evaluate several newly developed technologies within the MIRA research institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine at the University of Twente. The technologies that will be assessed during this week are photoacoustic mammography (PAM) for breast cancer detection, the LOPES robot that provides walking support and a microbiology technique that helps in the early detection of cancer.
You will learn several techniques that can be used in early health technology assessments. These techniques include: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), Decision Modelling (using Markov models and Decision Trees) and Budget Impact Analysis. During the summer school you will work on a value dossier for a potential new application of one of the three technologies (PAM, LOPES, early cancer detection). In the end of the week, you will be able to present whether you think it is feasible to use these technologies for the new potential application.
These are problems that need to be dealt with in healthcare. So come to CuriousU and learn how to Evaluate Future Health Technologies!