Health Technology Wales (HTW) has been established to facilitate the timely adoption of clinically and cost effective health technologies in Wales, working with, but independently of, NHS Wales. Its remit covers all health technologies that are not medicines. This could be medical devices, surgical procedures, telemonitoring, psychological therapies, rehabilitation or any health intervention that isn’t a medicine.
HTW critically assesses the best available international evidence about the clinical and cost effectiveness of a health technology. This evidence is reviewed by experts and the HTW Appraisal Panel to put the evidence into the Welsh context.
HTW also coordinates a Front Door process to support health technology developers to navigate NHS Wales. This function triages topics that come in and signposts them to relevant organisations in the innovation, development and prudent healthcare landscape in NHS Wales.
As well as its Front Door and appraisal functions HTW also has roles in horizon scanning, evaluating uptake and disinvestment of technologies and providing advice to health technology developers. It does this in partnership with other organisations in NHS Wales to ensure there is no duplication of work and sharing of limited skilled assessment resources.