Methods for assessment of innovative medical technologies during early stages of development

Marc Bartelmes, Ulrike Neumann, Dagmar Lühmann, Matthias P. Schönermark & Anja Hagen
Conventional Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is usually conducted at a point in time at which the development of the respective technology may no longer be influenced. By this time developers and/or purchasers may have misinvested resources. Thus the demand for Technology Assessment (TA) which incorporates appropriate methods during early development stages of a technology becomes apparent. Against this health political background, the present report describes methods for a development-accompanying assessment of innovative medical technologies. Furthermore,...