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NICE: New guidance for technology released

A new product to support healthcare staff considering using new medical devices and other medical technologies has been launched by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Medtech Innovation Briefings will be produced by the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme at NICE, which already produces guidance on innovative medical devices and diagnostics. 

The briefings will provide a description of the medical technology and how it's used, including its potential role in the treatment pathway.  The costs of using the technology and a review of relevant published evidence will also be covered. 

By making this information available, NICE hopes to help avoid the need for NHS organisations to produce similar information for local use.

Professor Carole Longson, director of the NICE Health Technology Evaluation Centre, said: “We hope that they'll help clinicians, health managers and procurement professionals with their local decision-making, by providing objective information on device and diagnostic technologies.  

“These briefings are not NICE guidance - they won't contain recommendations, nor will they say whether or not a technology should be used.  That decision will be made by local health professionals.”

The first briefings will be published in early 2014. 

More information on the Medtech Innovation Briefings is available on the NICE website.