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Haverinen J, Turpeinen M, Falkenbach P, Reponen J (2022). Implementation of a new Digi-HTA process for digital health technologies in Finland. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 38(1), e68, 1–8

Implementation of a new Digi-HTA process for digital health technologies in Finland

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Author: Haverinen, Jari1,2; Turpeinen, Miia2,3; Falkenbach, Petra2;
Organizations: 1FinnTelemedicum, Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment (FinCCHTA), Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-28


Objectives: There has been a lack of health technology assessment (HTA) methods for novel digital health technologies (DHTs) such as mHealth, artificial intelligence, and robotics in Finland. The Digi-HTA method has been developed for this purpose. The aim of this study is to determine whether it would be possible to use Digi-HTA recommendations to support healthcare decision-makers. Secondly, from the perspective of companies offering different types of DHT products, this study assesses the suitability of using the Digi-HTA framework to perform HTAs for their products.

Methods: Feedback about Digi-HTA recommendations was collected from healthcare professionals. DHT companies provided input about the Digi-HTA framework. Data were collected via a web-based survey and were analyzed using qualitative methods.

Results: Of the twenty-four healthcare professional respondents, twenty said that the Digi-HTA recommendations contained all the necessary information, and twenty-one found them useful for their work. Respondents hoped that the Digi-HTA recommendations would be better integrated into the decision-making processes and healthcare professionals would be more informed about this new HTA process. The questions of the Digi-HTA framework were applicable for different DHT products based on the responses from DHT companies (n = 8).

Conclusions: According to the study participants, although the Digi-HTA recommendations include clear and beneficial information, their integration into healthcare decision-making processes should be improved. Responses from DHT companies indicate that the Digi-HTA framework would be an appropriate tool for performing assessments for their products. To generalize the findings of this study, more comprehensive studies will be needed.

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Series: International journal of technology assessment in health care
ISSN: 0266-4623
ISSN-E: 1471-6348
ISSN-L: 0266-4623
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Article number: e68
DOI: 10.1017/s0266462322000502
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
217 Medical engineering
Copyright information: © The Author(s), 2022. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.