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 & 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


Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme, NICE

Peer reviewers and contributors

  • Dr James Evans, Research Associate, Cedar

  • Mrs Kathleen Withers, Senior Evaluation Scientist, Cedar

  • Dr Helen Morgan, Researcher, Cedar

  • Dr Judith White, Research Associate, Cedar

Specialist commentators

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

  • Dr Sern Lim, Consultant cardiologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

  • Dr Stephen Murray, Consultant cardiologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mr Andrew Penney, Cardiac Device Service Manager/ Lead Cardiac Physiologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  • Miss Sarah James, Cardiac physiologist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Declarations of interest

Dr Stephen Murray has received consultancy fees and educational grants from Medtronic, St Jude Medical, Biosense Webster and Boston Scientific. Dr Murray has also received educational grants from Pfizer and Astra Zeneca.

Dr Sern Lim received an honorarium from St Jude Medical for teaching courses in 2015.


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ISBN: 978-1-4731-1863-8