Methods

NIHR Innovation Observatory identifies emerging health technologies by maintaining contacts with key developers, scanning the media and other information sources, and collaborating with clinical and technology experts and expert groups. Identified technologies are filtered by timeframe to launch in the NHS, level of innovation and/or potential for impact on patients and health services. NIHRIO provides information in the form of short technology briefings and alerts, as well as longer more in-depth reports from reviews of innovation across a patient pathway or in selected technology areas. NIHRIO briefings, alerts and reports are not definitive statements on the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of the health technology covered, and made no recommendations concerning the use of the particular technology.