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      NICE is launching the Medtech Early Technical Assessment (META) tool that will allow for medical technology to reach patients faster. Members of the Health Tech Alliance were given an exclusive look at the tool at a recent meeting, hearing from Carla Deakin (Associate Director – NICE Office for Market Access) and Deborah Morrison (Senior Scientific Adviser, NICE Scientific Advice).

      It was explained to members that the tool will help medtech companies generate evidence to show that their products are both clinically effective and cost effective. The META tool will need to be paid for by companies, and is intended to help them identify what evidence a company needs in order to satisfy payer requirements. The tool can be licensed by partner organisations working with medtech companies, which will make the tool available internationally.

      The tool is the outcome of collaborative work between NICE’s Scientific Advice service and the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN). The Health Tech Alliance has been invited to attend the official launch of the META tool on the 3rd July. The event is free to attend and online registration is available here.