Health Technology Assessments

Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) are a comprehensive systematic review and critical analysis of available evidence for A SINGLE medical technology for which there are several published clinical trials and a substantial body of evidence. This report details an entire technology class for which there are one or more indications or patient populations in use.

 

Our analysts evaluate clinical trial data, along with information regarding safety issues, coverage policies from the private and public sectors, regulatory approvals, consensus statements, and an overall projection of the potential clinical efficacy and economic impact of the technology. Reports are reviewed annually up to 5 years post publication to determine if there is new literature or evidence that would impact a change in rating and warrant an updated report.

Expandable Interbody Cages for Cervical Spinal Fusion

Focus of the Report: This Health Technology Assessment focuses on expandable interbody cages (EICs) for cervical fusion in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD).

Technology Description: Interbody fusion procedures involve the removal of a pathologic disc and insertion of interbody cages and bone grafts, with the aim of stabilizing the spine by …

Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Gastroparesis

Focus of the Report: Use of botulinum toxin (BTX) for treatment of gastroparesis.

Technology Description: BTX, a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, inhibits the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction and causes muscle paralysis. B…