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)

Catheter Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

This report evaluates the current state of evidence regarding effectiveness and harms of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) with a focus on longer-term outcomes and […]

Balloon Eustachian tuboplasty for the treatment of Eustachian tube dysfunction

The aim of this rapid assessment is to summarise the information on the relative effectiveness and safety of balloon Eustachian tuboplasty (BET) for the treatment of […]

Biodegradable stents for the treatment of refractory or recurrent benign oesophageal stenosis

Benign oesophageal stenosis (BOS) is a condition in which the normal oesophageal lumen is constricted and the normal passage of swallowed food from the upper oesophagus […]

The cost-effectiveness of domiciliary non-invasive ventilation in patients with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and economic evaluation

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic progressive lung disease characterised by non-reversible airflow obstruction. Exacerbations are a key cause of morbidity and mortality and place a […]

Health technology assessment (HTA) of a national screening programme for atrial fibrillation in primary care

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia seen in general practice and is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of stroke. Strokes related […]

Balloon Gastrostomy Devices for Adults: Guidelines for Replacement, Maintenance, and Training

RESEARCH QUESTIONS What are the evidence-based guidelines for the removal and re-insertion of balloon gastrostomy devices (BGDs) in adults? What are the evidence-based guidelines for the […]

Junctional Tourniquets for Controlling Hemorrhage from Wounds in Adults: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, Safety, and Guidelines

RESEARCH QUESTIONS What is the clinical effectiveness of junctional tourniquets for controlling hemorrhagic wounds in adults? What is the safety associated with using junctional tourniquets for […]

Wireless Device Use and Patient Monitoring Equipment in Any Healthcare Delivery Setting: A Review of Safety and Guidelines

RESEARCH QUESTIONS What is the evidence that wireless devices interfere with patient monitoring equipment in any healthcare delivery setting? What is the evidence for the safe […]

Health technology assessment (HTA) of public access defibrillation

On 25 July 2013, the then Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, requested that the Health Information and Quality Authority undertake a health technology assessment (HTA) […]

Implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy and defibrillator (CRT-D) in patient with heart failure

In Italy, cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, and disability. Among all cardiovascular diseases, a prominent role is played by heart failure (HF), […]