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New Health Technology Request

Members of the Surgery SCN are welcome to submit requests for new health technologies.

What is a “new health technology”?

New health technology is defined as a change from current practice (either adoption of new technologies or modification, replacement, or discarding of existing technologies or process of care) that may have a direct or indirect impact on patient care and/or financial aspects of health care services.

From a surgical perspective, “new technology” is also defined as having at least one of the following characteristics: 1) has an increased cost, 2) has a different risk profile, 3) needs new training, or 4) uses a different anatomical approach.

How to request a new health technology

Three forms are required:

The Technology Request package (Forms A, B, and C) is then reviewed by the EDSP Advisory Committee who will determine:

  • If the request represents a minor change of practice and can be quickly approved (with or without conditions), or
  • If the technology represents significant change of practice and more information is needed

Complete a Screening Guide to help the committee in making this determination.

What happens if more information is required?

After reviewing the Technology Request package (Forms A, B and C), the EDSP Advisory Committee may ask for more information if:

  • Further specific details of the technology are needed
  • There are uncertainties about a technology’s impact on clinical outcomes, training, resources or finances

The EDSP Advisory Committee may require the completion of additional forms to provide this information:

How does the EDSP Advisory Committee make a recommendation on the technology?

The EDSP Advisory Committee will assess the technology and make a recommendation using a standardized evaluation form and criteria. They then present their findings to the Surgical Executive Committee for a decision.

Details on the evaluation process can be found in the EDSP Complete Package and in the complete package of Evaluation & Decision Guides .

If your Network, Institute, or Team is interested in testing the EDSP, we can work with you by:

  • sharing our program tools, guides and processes
  • discussing how our program can apply to your services
  • providing expertise, guidance and mentoring for introducing new health technologies into your service
  • partnering on decision model development for introducing new health technologies