Health Technology Wales (HTW) is a national body working to improve the quality of care in Wales. We collaborate with partners across health, social care and the technology sectors to ensure an all-Wales approach. We are funded by Welsh Government and hosted within NHS Wales, but independent of both. Our remit covers any health technology that isn’t a medicine, such as medical devices, surgical procedures, psychological therapies, tele-monitoring or rehabilitation.

Our work currently focuses on three key areas:

1. Identification

We undertake ‘horizon scanning’ to identify upcoming technologies that are expected to have a major impact on future health and care in Wales and are responsive to the needs and interests of service users, health and care providers and technology partners across Wales.

We also support technology innovation and development in Wales by acting as an initial contact point for technology developers. Our Signposting Group directs technology innovators to the relevant organisations within Wales who can provide advice and support.

Responsive to the needs of service users, healthcare providers and technology developers across Wales.

2. Appraisal

We assess non-medicine health and care technologies and issue independent, authoritative guidance based on the best available evidence and expertise. We appraise technologies throughout their lifecycle, from innovation to obsolescence.

Our work informs commissioning by NHS Wales and care providers and supports decision makers to make evidence-informed decisions on both technology investments and disinvestments.


Collaborative working with people across the health, social care and technology sectors.

3. Adoption

We aim to improve the quality of health and social care in Wales, by assessing the value and optimising the use of clinically- and cost-effective healthcare technologies. We monitor the adoption of our guidance, and guidance from other organisations, across all of the Welsh health boards. This not only includes uptake of new health technologies, but also disinvestment in current health technologies that are found to be less effective or obsolete.

 

Authoritative guidance to promote use of health technologies that offer the most benefit for the people of Wales.