Wearing Your Data: A Global Perspective
HTA QUARTERLY | FALL 2018
Wearing Your Data: A Global Perspective
Unique features of wearable technologies
Payers and HTA agencies’ perspective
Big data has many implications for HTAs, including improved data collection both within research and clinical practice settings. Additionally, big data can help researchers and clinicians analyze trends in order to stratify patients based on risk for adverse outcomes, ultimately providing the medical community with information to help modify practice patterns and personalize care for their patients. In fact, many clinical trials are being conducted utilizing wearable technologies in order to better monitor patient activities and analyze findings.
Despite this uptake of wearable technologies in clinical trials, the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare (IQWiG) in Germany, for example, has released limited information regarding how, they plan to evaluate the benefit of wearable technologies in the future. A proven benefit/value would probably be a requirement for a not yet planned regular reimbursement by statutory health insurance. Similarly, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK provides information on how they appraise technologies such as medical devices and health promotion activities, but finding information surrounding covered technologies has proven to be challenging. From an HTA perspective, there is currently a gap that exists between the potential of wearable technologies to impact care and the body of scientific evidence needed to demonstrate real-world effectiveness in different disease states. As such, it appears that many HTA agencies have not yet determined reimbursement structures for these technologies.
Challenges for implementation of wearable technology and wearable devices
Figure 1. Challenges for Implementation of Wearable Technology and Wearable Devices
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