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.

Changes after publication

September 2015: Minor maintenance.

Development of this briefing

This briefing was developed for NICE by the Newcastle & York External Assessment Centre. The interim process & 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

Newcastle & York External Assessment Centre

Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • William Green, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Scott Mahony, Research Consultant, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Joyce Craig, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Mick Arber, Information Specialist, York Health Economics Consortium

  • Andrew Sims, Centre Director, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist commentators

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

  • Professor Gregory Lip, Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Birmingham

  • Shona Holding, Cardiac Nurse Specialist, Westcliffe Medical Practice, Shipley

  • Dr Washik Parkar, GP, Beacon Medical Centre, Manchester

Declarations of interest

No relevant interests declared.


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