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CADTH Releases Annual List of Health Technology Trends to Watch

New Horizon Scan report offers insights into health technology trends that have the potential to harness large volumes of data, improve clinical workflows and bring accessible healthcare closer to home

OTTAWA (ON), March 18, 2022 /CNW/ – Point-of-care testing. Artificial intelligence. Voice technology. Companion diagnosis. According to a recently published article report from CADTH, here are some of the health technologies to watch that are likely to shape the future of healthcare in Canada over the next 2 years.

from CADTH 2022 Health Tech Trends to Watch The report is an evidence-based watchlist that identifies and assesses emerging health technology trends and their implications.

“Health technologies are a cornerstone of our healthcare systems, and in the wake of COVID-19, policymakers are rethinking how they prepare for the innovation and uncertainty that comes with rapid technological advancements. health,” said Lesley Dunfield, Vice President, Medical Devices and Clinical Interventions at CADTH. “CADTH’s Annual Watchlist Identifies Emerging Trends Health System Leaders Need to Know About todayso they can easily adapt tomorrow.”

CADTH produced the report as part of its horizon scanning program, which alerts decision-makers to potentially high-impact health technologies and helps them prepare for future needs or implementation considerations.

Trends and Technologies Featured in the 2022 Watchlist

Point-of-care testing

The emergence and integration of point-of-care testing has the potential to reduce demand on central laboratories and support public health efforts in disease control and surveillance. Many point-of-care tests can be performed in various healthcare settings without specialized training or even at home by patients themselves.

For example, point-of-care HIV rapid diagnostic tests and self-tests are emerging to help make HIV testing more accessible.

Artificial intelligence for diagnosis and public health

In public health, artificial intelligence (AI) can help improve disease surveillance, detection and mitigation by facilitating the analysis of large volumes of complex, multi-source data from around the world. By using AI to support health data collection, researchers can investigate new methods to assess the effectiveness of public health interventions and inform targeted health promotion activities and disease incidence forecasts. .

Voice technology

Voice technology has many applications, including conversational AI technology (e.g., chatbots) that act as voice assistants for health assessments, diagnostics, and even patient companionship. This technology can also play a key role in the administrative tasks often performed by healthcare providers through real-time record keeping and communication with other healthcare professionals.

For example, Ada is a complementary mobile health app that integrates with virtual home assistants to assess the user’s health based on indicated symptoms. The app combines the utility of a voice interface with an AI-powered database to monitor personal health data and assist in proactive care.

Companion diagnosis

Companion diagnostic tests assess predictive biomarkers in individuals, such as genetic variation or protein expression, to determine the safe and effective use of a companion therapy. These tests are usually developed for a particular condition to assess specific genetic mutations or biomarkers rather than sequencing the entire genome, which is much more expensive.

For example, emerging companion diagnostics that examine circulating tumor DNA (fragments of DNA released from tumors) in the bloodstream offer a less invasive, faster, and potentially safer alternative to biomarker evaluation compared to biopsies. traditional tissues.

Methodology behind the list of 2022 health technology trends to watch

Development of CADTH’s 2022 Watchlist was largely guided by the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to treat. CADTH has established a PSP working group; synthesized evidence from different sources, including desk research and findings from national surveys; and used consensus research to identify and rank the final top 10 list. Please see Annex 1: Methodology in the report for more details on the process.

CADTH would like to thank the healthcare decision-makers, patients, clinicians, industry representatives and academics who participated in our task force and workshops for generously sharing their time, experience and their knowledge.

For more information, check out our 2022 health tech trends to watch website and continue the discussion on social media using #CADTHTrends.


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