Early Stage Health Technology Assessment
Early Health Technology Assessment, including early Health Economic Modeling, is increasingly promoted as an approach to determine added value of potential new technologies early in the development pipeline. Such assessment would be useful to (1) decide about further development of the technology, (2) to define minimum performance thresholds for the new technology compared to currently available technologies and (3) to support pricing and reimbursement in early stages of development. It thereby considers existing regulatory requirements in several countries as well as mechanisms for obtaining reimbursement depending on the added value produced. Early HTA deviates from mainstream HTA as it primarily informs R&D instead of government (agencies) deciding about coverage.
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