October 1, 2023

Vybirai Ka

Specialists In Health

Embracing well being know-how evaluation for medical gadgets in MENA

Embracing well being know-how evaluation for medical gadgets in MENA

There’s a progressive transfer in direction of value-based healthcare and the optimisation of healthcare budgets and spending within the Center East and Africa in addition to globally. This poses important challenges to the healthcare ecosystem.  

Though well being know-how evaluation (HTA) is mature and well-established within the pharmaceutical discipline, it’s nonetheless increasing within the discipline of medical know-how. Given this, Mecomed launched into a research to discover the variations between HTA for prescription drugs and medical applied sciences. 

The research consisted of a literature overview in addition to interviews with a number of trade stakeholders, policymakers, HTA businesses within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and international consultants. The trade respondents, with a mean of twenty-two years of expertise, have been very educated in healthcare: 78 per cent have graduate and post-graduate {qualifications} in well being economics or associated topics.   

All through this research, core themes emerged highlighting the distinctive parts of HTA for medical gadgets. One such theme contains the distinction in proof era. Typically, comparative effectiveness proof is missing for medical gadgets at launch in comparison with the standard part three proof gathered in medical trials of prescription drugs. Moreover, randomised managed trials are usually not carried out for a lot of medical gadgets. This poses the query: what proof might assist claims of efficacy, security, and high quality? This has been debated extensively in different areas of the world. One answer features a versatile strategy in direction of proof era utilizing real-world knowledge (RWD).  

One other essential distinction is the educational curve impact noticed in lots of medical gadgets the place there’s a device-operator interplay. Generally, the operator (healthcare skilled) turns into more adept in performing procedures over time. For instance, theatre time for robotic surgical procedure would initially be longer because the operator builds expertise, nevertheless, over time, with improved proficiency, theatre time can be shorter than that of typical surgical procedure. The query then arises of how one ought to strategy this studying curve impact when performing financial modelling. One answer is to observe a lifecycle strategy by contemplating the financial influence at totally different levels within the machine’s lifecycle. 

Incremental innovation is yet one more essential distinction that must be thought of. Not all improvements in medical gadgets are breakthrough improvements. Many are incremental improvements or small enhancements. This makes the product lifecycle very quick in comparison with prescription drugs. Typically these incremental improvements can’t be immediately attributed to well being outcomes as they may be of profit to the operator. Given the excessive price of innovation in medical gadgets, it isn’t possible to do an HTA submission for every incremental innovation. 


Embracing well being know-how evaluation for medical gadgets in MENA

Another essential variations embody the dynamic pricing mechanisms seen in gadgets (capital funding, rental, lease, and so forth.) and the organisational influence of implementing some medical gadgets in a facility (workers, house, and so forth.). 

Total, the research confirmed that there’s a important proof base supporting the challenges confronted in performing HTA for medical gadgets. It’s crucial to work in direction of addressing the potential danger that HTA might create, giving a further hurdle in guaranteeing entry to innovation to sufferers in want and guaranteeing that HTA is the software for enabling rewarding real-world innovation. Capability constructing and advancing the HTA data base for gadgets ought to begin early, in any respect stakeholder ranges. This may pave the best way for constructive partnerships between HTA businesses and trade.   

Proof from the research additional highlights that one of many key attributes of profitable, mature HTA businesses is their bias towards transparency, inclusiveness, communication, and procedural justice. This needs to be the goal of all HTA businesses. 

Collaboration at a regional and international stage with extra mature HTA businesses is required to make sure that the adopted processes and insurance policies are usually not solely scientifically sturdy but additionally think about particular person well being system realities.  

The research confirmed that the gadgets trade is various and faces distinctive challenges associated to HTA implementation and that important alternatives exist for collaboration between totally different stakeholders. One of many early imperatives can be to spend money on the schooling of stakeholders to make sure the adoption of HTA insurance policies and processes that assist inhabitants well being outcomes. 


Dr. Tienie Stander is the Managing Director of VI Analysis FZ LLC and Dr. Inna Nadelwais is the Govt Director of MECOMED. 

This text seems within the newest challenge of Omnia Well being Journal. Learn the total challenge on-line as we speak.

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