Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Scanning the horizon of obsolete technologies: Possible sources for their identification

  • Nora Ibargoyen-Roteta (a1), Iñaki Gutierrez-Ibarluzea (a1), José Asua (a1), Gaizka Benguria-Arrate (a1) and Lorea Galnares-Cordero (a1)...
Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify and rank the sources for the detection of potentially obsolete technologies (POTs).

Methods: A specific questionnaire related to the search strategies and sources used for the identification of POTs and also for ineffective, inefficient or harmful health technologies was sent to the Health Technology Assessment International's Information Resources Group (HTAi-IRG) group. With the obtained information and taking into account the sources used for the identification of new and emerging technologies, a second questionnaire was elaborated and sent to EuroScan and International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) members, who had to select and score them. For the final ranking, the number of votes and the median score were taken into account.

Results: Seven HTAi-IRG members answered to the first questionnaire. Seventeen agencies answered to the second one (thirteen EuroScan members and four more members from INAHTA), but only seven had worked in the identification of POTs and one of them using only experts for it. The remaining six agencies answered the part related to devices, diagnostics, and procedures; five of them did it for settings and programmes and only three for drugs. The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (5 votes; median = 2), Cochrane Collaboration (5 votes; median = 3), NICE (4 votes; median = 1), Food and Drug Administration (4 votes; median = 1.5), and EuroScan (4 votes, median = 2) were the most relevant sources for devices and diagnostics.

Conclusions: There is little experience on POTs identification. The identified sources provide mostly indirect information and further research should take place to determine the best use of them.

Copyright
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

2. P Berman . Health sector reform: Making health development sustainable. Health Policy. 1995;32:1328.

4. K Douw , H Vondeling , D Eskidsen , S Simpson . Use of the Internet in scanning the horizon for new and emerging health technologies: A survey of agencies involved in horizon scanning. J Med Internet Res. 2003;5:e6.

5. A Elshaug , JE Hiller , SR Tunis , JR Moss . Challenges in Australian policy processes for disinvestment from existing, ineffective health care practices. Aust New Zealand Health Policy. 2007;4:23.

9. D Hailey , LA Topfer , F Wills . Providing information on emerging health technologies to provincial decision makers: A pilot project. Health Policy. 2001;58:1526.

11. C Mitton , C Donaldson . Twenty-five years of programme budgeting and marginal analysis in the health sector, 1974–1999. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2001;6:239248.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
  • ISSN: 0266-4623
  • EISSN: 1471-6348
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-technology-assessment-in-health-care
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Keywords:

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 4
Total number of PDF views: 35 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 147 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 26th September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.