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)

Invasive home mechanical ventilation, mainly focused on neuromuscular disorders

Invasive home mechanical ventilation is used for patients with chronic respiratory insufficiency. This elaborate and technology-dependent ventilation is carried out via an artificial airway (tracheal cannula) to the trachea. […]

ECG-based Signal Analysis Technologies

In patients where coronary artery disease (CAD) is suspected – either because of the presence of risk factors for CAD or because of symptoms that may […]

Comparative effectiveness of MRI in breast cancer (COMICE) trial: a randomised controlled trial

MRI might improve diagnosis of breast cancer, reducing rates of reoperation. We assessed the clinical efficacy of contrast-enhanced MRI in women with primary breast cancer.We undertook an […]

Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic and Urologic Oncology

An application was received to review the evidence on the ‘The Da Vinci Surgical System’ for the treatment of gynecologic malignancies (e.g. endometrial and cervical cancers). […]

New and emerging technologies for breast cancer detection

A comprehensive evaluation of the BreastScreen Australia Program has been conducted, under the direction of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) and managed by the […]

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices

The Center for Medicare Management at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requested this report from The Technology Assessment Program (TAP) at the Agency […]

Interspinous implants and pedicle screws for dynamic stabilization of lumbar spine: Rapid assessment

This rapid assessment concerns the clinical effectiveness and the efficiency of innovative surgical technologies proposed for the treatment of degenerative spinal conditions: interspinous spacers and pedicle screw systems. […]

Use of point-of care devices in patients with oral anticoagulation: a Health Technology Assessment

Many patients take oral anticoagulants, usually for very long periods or even lifelong. This treatment improves life expectancy and reduces the risk of thromboembolic events but requires a […]

Airway Clearance Devices for Cystic Fibrosis: An Evidence-Based Analysis

The purpose of this evidence-based analysis is to examine the safety and efficacy of airway clearance devices (ACDs) for cystic fibrosis and attempt to differentiate between […]

Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Pumps for Type 1 and Type 2 Adult Diabetic Populations

In June 2008, the Medical Advisory Secretariat began work on the Diabetes Strategy Evidence Project, an evidence-based review of the literature surrounding strategies for successful management […]