About this briefing

About this briefing

Medtech innovation briefings summarise the published evidence and information available for individual medical technologies. The briefings provide information to aid local decision‑making by clinicians, managers, and procurement professionals.

Medtech innovation briefings aim to present information and critically review the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant evidence, but contain no recommendations and are not formal NICE guidance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by Cedar. The interim process and methods statement sets out the process NICE uses to select topics, and how the briefings are developed, quality assured and approved for publication.

Project team

  • Cedar, External Assessment Centre

  • Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Dr Alistair Ray, Research Associate, Cedar

  • Andrew Cleves, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Grace Carolan‑Rees, Director, Cedar

Specialist commentators

The following specialist commentators provided comments on a draft of this briefing:

  • Dean Linzey (Nurse Consultant, Viral Hepatology, Royal Berkshire Hospital)

  • Prof John Geen (Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Cwm Taf University Health Board)

  • Melinda Kemp (BBV Nurse Specialist [Community] Worcestershire Royal Hospital)

  • Sam Ray (Health Protection Nurse, Public Health Wales)


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ISBN: 978‑1‑4731‑1053‑3