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Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre

The NIHR Horizon Scanning Research & Intelligence Centre (NIHR HSRIC) aims to supply timely information to key policy- and decision-makers and research funders within the English NHS about emerging health technologies that may have a significant impact on patients or the provision of health services in the near future. See www.hsric.nihr.ac.uk 

Technologies include emerging pharmaceuticals and advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP), therapeutic vaccines, medical devices and equipment, diagnostic and predictive tests and procedures, rehabilitation aids and therapy, and public health activities. The NIHR HSRIC does not identify prophylactic vaccines (e.g. childhood vaccinations), new screening programmes, or new food products with claimed health benefits.

The NIHR HSRIC’s principal technology-based outputs are technology briefings and alerts that provide information on a single technology. In addition the Centre produces horizon scanning reviews. These aim to identify all new and emerging health technologies being developed within a specified time-frame, in a technology area, across a disease area or at a specific point on a patient pathway. They are often in response to a user request to inform commissioning and planning decisions, identify current UK research activity or identify the need for further research. The reviews can incorporate patient, expert and company feedback on the technologies that are identified using a bespoke identification strategy.

The horizon scanning reviews that are linked below are reviewed by an advisory group and an internal team (including a medical advisor) at HSRIC before they are published on the HSRIC website. The advisory group are involved throughout the development of the review and depending on the subject area can comprise clinical experts, technology experts and patients representatives. 

2017

Emerging technologies for the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy

New and emerging technologies for hearing loss

2016

New and emerging non-invasive glucose monitoring technologies  

New and emerging health technologies for corneal disorders

New and emerging angioplasty technologies for severe lower limb ischaemia

Emerging technologies for the diagnosis, treatment and management of refractory asthma

Regenerative medicine for gastrointestinal diseases

2015

New and emerging technologies for autism

New and emerging mobile health interventions that promote behavioural change

Diagnosis and monitoring of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Closed-loop artificial pancreas device systems in development for type 1 diabetes

2014

New and emerging technologies for inherited retinal diseases 

New and emerging technologies for self-sampling for cervical cancer screening 

New and emerging technologies for urinary and faecal incontinence 

Regenerative medicine in the management of skin disease, burns and wound care 

2013

New and emerging health technologies for lung cancer

New and emerging health technologies for Parkinson’s Disease 

Regenerative medicine in the management of musculoskeletal disorders

Glaucoma – disease-specific review 

2012

Regenerative medicine for neurological conditions 

Regenerative Medicine Ophthalmology review 

2011

Chronic heart failure 

Current and emerging point of care tests for influenza 

2010

New and emerging preservation/transportation technologies for solid organs retrieved for transplantation  

2009

New and emerging point of care tests for sexually transmitted infections 

New and emerging diagnostic tests for screening of infections during pregnancy