Evaluating Emerging Technologies: Is the Future Now?? (Text Version)

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Evaluating Emerging Technologies: Is the Future Now??

Evaluating Emerging Technologies: Is the Future Now??

Elise Berliner, PhD
Director, Technology Assessment Program
Center for Outcomes and Evidence

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Image: Photo of a Star Trek toy called Dr. McCoy's Medical Kit

Image: Photo of a Star Trek toy called Dr. McCoy's Medical Kit.

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Proton Therapy and Fetal Surgery

  • Proton Therapy: "the technology and machinery looks like something that should be operated by Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on 'Star Trek'."
    • Jacksonville Financial News and Daily Record, 8/15/2008
  • Fetal Surgery: "it is both amazing and troubling, something one sees on "Star Trek" rather than the hospital around the corner"
    • Monica Casper, The Making of an Unborn Patient: A Social Anatomy of Fetal Surgery, page 2

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Issues in Evaluation of New Technology

Issues in Evaluation of New Technology

  • When is the right time to assess new technology?
    • "too early": not enough data, effect on innovation?
    • "too late": technologies diffuse into clinical practice, often without strong evidence of effectiveness
  • How can the methods of systematic review be applied to early stage technologies (AHRQ tech brief process)
  • What are the issues in carrying out clinical evaluation of emerging technologies (MOMS trial case study)?

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Presentations

Presentations

  • Technical Brief on Particle Beam Radiation Treatments for Cancer
    • Tom Trikalinos, Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center
  • Technical Brief on Fetal Surgery
    • Katherine Hartmann, Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center
  • The MOMS Trial of Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele
    • Susan Tolivaisa, National Institutes of Health

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Questions for Discussion

Questions for Discussion

  • What are the strengths and limitations of the tech brief process?
  • At what stage in technology development should a tech brief be initiated?
    • Timing of publication of new studies
  • How can stakeholders use the results of tech briefs?

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Questions for Discussion

Questions for Discussion

  • Should medical innovation be deployed as medical research or as medical practice?
  • What are the thresholds and models for oversight?
  • What information should be disclosed to patients?
  • Is there a professional duty to learn and to educate other practitioners?

Questions from Margaret Eaton and Donald Kennedy "Innovation in Medical Technology, Ethical Issues and Challenges"

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Contact

Contact

Elise Berliner
elise.berliner@ahrq.hhs.gov
301-427-1612

Current as of December 2010
Internet Citation: Evaluating Emerging Technologies: Is the Future Now?? (Text Version). December 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/conference/2010/berliner/index.html