Overview

Early value assessment (EVA) guidance on the ProKnow cloud-based system for radiotherapy data storage, communication and management.

Implementation

NICE has developed tools and resources, in association with relevant stakeholders, to help organisations put this guidance into practice.

Guidance development process

EVA guidance rapidly provides recommendations on promising health technologies that have the potential to address national unmet need. NICE has assessed early evidence on these technologies to determine if earlier patient and system access in the NHS is appropriate while further evidence is generated.

The medical technology advisory committee has considered the evidence and the views of clinical experts. This topic is one of the first pilots using the new EVA approach. EVA guidance recommendations are conditional while more evidence is generated to address uncertainty in their evidence base. Although there are uncertainties, the evidence does not suggest a risk to patient safety. NICE has included considerations for early access in this guidance.

Further evidence will be generated over the next 3 years to assess if the benefits of the technology are realised in practice. NICE guidance will be reviewed to include this evidence and make a recommendation on the routine adoption of this technology across the NHS.

How we develop NICE early value assessment guidance

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, and specifically any special arrangements relating to the introduction of new interventional procedures. The guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

All problems (adverse events) related to a medicine or medical device used for treatment or in a procedure should be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency using the Yellow Card Scheme.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties. Providers should ensure that governance structures are in place to review, authorise and monitor the introduction of new devices and procedures.

Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.