Rapid assessments

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)

12 Entries into category "rapid-assessment"

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High-intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common non-skin cancer in men in Europe. In early stage, prostate cancer is localised and organ-confined. Depend-ing on the risk […]

Endovascular therapy using mechanical thrombectomy devices for acute ischaemic stroke

The aim of this project was to examine the effectiveness and safety of mechanical thrombectomy plus standard of care versus standard of care alone, in adults […]

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 […]

Transcatheter implantable devices for mitral valve repair for chronic mitral valve regurgitation

The aim of the present rapid assessment was to summarise the information on the relative effec-tiveness and safety of transcatheter implantable devices for mitral valve repair […]

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), […]

Duodenal-jejunal bypass sleeve for the treatment of obesity with or without Type 2 Diabetes

This assessment addresses two subpopulations of interest:  1) adult obese patients (grade III obesity/BMI ≥40 or grade II obesity/BMI 35.0–39.9 with comorbidities)  2) patients with Type […]

Renal denervation systems or treatment-resistant hypertension

The target population comprises patients who suffer from resistant hypertension, a con-dition that is linked to sympathetic nervous system overactivity, involving the kidneys. Patients who are […]

Implantable devices for closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in adults

Percutaneous closure of patent foreman ovale (PFO) is one of the treatment options for patients with PFO suffering from transient ischemic attacks (TIA), cryptogenic stroke or persistent migraine. […]

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. […]