Health Technology Assessment

A Health Technology Assessment is a multi-disciplinary field of policy analysis that examines the medical, economic, social and ethical implications of the incremental value, diffusion and use of a medical technology in health care.

It is intended to provide a bridge between the world of research and the world of decision-making. Health Technology Assessment is an active field internationally and has seen continued growth fostered by the need to support management, clinical, and policy decisions. It has also been advanced by the evolution of evaluative methods in the social and applied sciences, including clinical epidemiology and health economics. Health policy decisions are becoming increasingly important as the opportunity costs from making wrong decisions continue to grow.

The CCURE® project has been subject to a comprehensive Health Technology Assessment.

The overall results demonstrated that the implementation of pre-filled syringes in the clinic is an opportunity for improving patient safety by increasing control of the medicine administered and diminishing risk of contamination. The implementation also may lead to an improved work environment for hospital staff and may release nurse time for improved patient care.