Special Issue

Innovations that reach the patient: early health technology assessment and improving the chances of coverage and implementation

28 Oct 2016
WH van Harten, VP Retèl

With growing concerns for the sustainability of the financial burden that health care—and especially cancer services—poses on the national budgets, the role of health economic analyses in coverage decisions is likely to grow. One of the strategies for the biomedical research field—also in oncology research—to foster coverage and health system implementation, is to anticipate this new role and to involve health technology assessment techniques earlier in various stages of translational research.

In this article, we elaborate on the early involvement of health technology assessment in translational research and the concept of Coverage with Evidence Development in The Netherlands Cancer Institute and give two case examples that are currently ongoing: (1) tumour infiltrating lymphocytes therapy for metastatic melanoma; and (2) high-dose chemotherapy for BRCA1-like subgroup in triple-negative breast cancer.

We conclude with recommendations for institutional policy.