Health technologies are intended to improve the quality of healthcare delivered through earlier diagnosis, less invasive treatment options and reduction in hospital stays and rehabilitation times. New medical technologies keep emerging, but healthcare costs are rising. Even though a new technology seems to be very promising, only a limited amount of health technologies will in the end be used in clinical practice. To make informed choices on the development of new technologies in healthcare, early health technology assessments to evaluate the potential cost-effectiveness of such new devices is necessary.
In this course we will evaluate several newly developed technologies within the MIRA research institute for biomedical technology and technical medicine at the University of Twente. The technologies that will be assessed during this week are photoacoustic mammography (PAM) for breast cancer detection, the LOPES robot that provides walking support and a microbiology technique that helps in the early detection of cancer.
You will learn several techniques that can be used in early health technology assessments. These techniques include: Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), Decision Modelling (using Markov models and Decision Trees) and Budget Impact Analysis. During the summer school you will work on a value dossier for a potential new application of one of the three technologies (PAM, LOPES, early cancer detection). In the end of the week you will be able to present whether you think it is feasible to use the technology for the new potential application.
These are problems that need to be dealt with in healthcare. So come to CuriousU and decide on the Future of Health Technology!
Testimonial: Heather from Canada
- Learn all about the new health technologies. Who developed it, how can they be helpful and how can they be used?
- Learn about how to evaluate these techniques concerning costs and consequences for the health care system.
- Applying your knowledge about the technologies and evaluation techniques to assess the effects and or impacts.
- Work in multidisciplinary teams
- Methods: Lectures, interactive workshops
- Course level: BSc
- Target group: Students in their second and third Bachelor’s year
- Course leader: Annemieke Witteveen, Sofie Berghuis
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school