HTA of MDs
Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices


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

The term Health Technology refers to application of organised knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.



Library of Assessments on MDs (1999-2019)

Video Laryngoscopy for Tracheal Intubation: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The objective of this health technology policy assessment was to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of video-assisted laryngoscopy for tracheal intubation. Video-assisted, rigid laryngoscopes have been recently […]

Left Ventricular Assist Devices: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The objective of this health technology policy assessment was to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using implantable ventricular assist devices in the treatment of end-stage heart […]

Computer-Assisted Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Navigation and Active Robotic Systems: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The Medical Advisory Secretariat undertook a review of the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of computer assisted hip and knee arthroplasty. The two computer assisted arthroplasty systems […]

Computer-Assisted Surgery Using Telemanipulators: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The objective of this health technology policy assessment was to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of computer-assisted surgery with telemanipulators. The technology for computer-assisted surgery with telemanipulators […]

Mid-wheel drive powered wheelchairs

Mid-wheel drive powered wheelchairs (MWDs) have been extremely popular in the American and Canadian markets for the past few years. The drive wheels of this type of […]

Wireless Capsule Endoscopy: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The objective of this health technology policy assessment was to develop a funding policy for the use of capsule endoscopy [Given® Diagnostic Imaging System] in diagnostic work […]

Gamma Knife: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The objective of this technology review was to assess the efficacy of gamma knife SRS in the treatment of arteriovenous malformations, acoustic neuroma, cerebral metastases and trigeminal neuralgia, […]

The Excimer Laser in Ophthalmology

In May 1997, the Conseil d’évaluation des technologies de la santé du Québec (CETS) published a report dealing spe- cifically with excimer laser photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). […]

Health technology assessment in surgery

The term health technology is intended to include all methods used by health-care professionals to promote health, to prevent and treat disease, and to improve rehabilitation and long-term care. […]

Evaluation of the evidence on the HeartMate II® and HeartWare® ventricular assist devices for the treatment of chronic end-stage heart failure

Heart failure is a complex syndrome that arises when the heart is incapable of pumping enough blood to respond to the metabolic needs of the body. […]