Access to information on new and emerging health technologies, treatments and services allows healthcare decision makers to anticipate, prepare and better address existing and emerging health challenges. ISCRR's innovative Horizon Scanning program provides this information, by drawing a picture of the emerging health and disability landscape.

Sitting within ISCRR's Strategic Scanning and Intelligence Team, the Horizon Scanning program delivers publications that summarise emerging issues, technologies and opportunities within the health and disability landscape. The health technologies of interest include drugs,medical devices, medical or surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, services, programs and models of care.

These new or emerging technologies are anticipated to have a significant impact on client independence, recovery, safety, function, ability to return to work and/or quality of life and are identified to be between one to three years from entering the Australia market.

The Horizon Scanning program was developed in 2014, in partnership with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH). This program is the first of its kind in Australia to focus on compensation health, and has drawn attention internationally.

Horizon Scanning publications

Newsletters

Each newsletter provides an overview of up to ten new or emerging technologies, treatments and services with potential to improve TAC and WorkSafe client outcomes.

Newsletter No. 4 (Dec 2016)
Ultrasound for severe brain injury • Spinal cord stimulation following spinal cord injury • Neural bypass system to restore movement following quadriplegia • UPnRIDE mobility device • Biological scaffolds for muscle loss after musculoskeletal injuries • iBOT two-wheel wheelchair • Riluzole for acute spinal cord injury • StimQ and SPRINT peripheral nerve stimulation systems for pain relief

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Newsletter No. 3 (Jul 2016)
AST-OPC1 for acute spinal cord injury • Indego exoskeleton • Hyaluronic acid for neuropathic pain • Keeogo walking device • Telehealth for PTSD • Treatment of spinal cord injury with surgical implant • Granulox spray for chronic wounds • Model of care for low back pain • Neuro-spinal scaffold for acute spinal cord injury • Pathway of care for whiplash injury

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Newsletter No. 2 (Dec 2014)
Nerve stimulation for chronic pain • NKTR-181 μ-opioid agonist • Technology for people with cognitive impairments • Musculoskeletal disease management • Return to work with brain injury • Ankle-replacement implant • Mild brain injury and cognitive function • Brain activity associated with concussion • Protein that may increase autoimmune response after brain injury • Cloud-based speech therapy

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Newsletter No. 1 (Sep 2014)
3D printing prosthetics • ReWalk & Ekso exoskeletons • Mind-controlled prosthetic arm • Keyless keyboard and mouse • FES for respiratory function after spinal cord injury • Vacuum suspension prosthetic foot • Epidural stimulation for paraplegia • Dexmecamylamine for overactive bladder • Donated tissue for wound healing

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Briefs & bulletins

More detailed descriptions of new or emerging technologies that are identified to have specific relevance to the TAC and WorkSafe.

Brief: Neurostimulation
Spinal cord stimulation to improve function following spinal cord injury. (Dec 2016)

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Brief: StimQ
StimQ peripheral nerve stimulator system for the relief of persistent pain. (Dec 2016)

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Brief: Exoskeletons
Powered lower limb exoskeletons for spinal cord injury. (Jul 2016)

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Brief: Pressure Injuries
Model of Care for Prevention and Integrated Management of Pressure Injuries in People with Spinal Cord Injury and Spina Bifida. (Dec 2014)

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Brief: Smart-e-Pants
Smart-e-Pants for the Prevention of Pressure Injuries in The Spinal Cord Injury Population. (Dec 2014)

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Bulletin: Bactiguard
Indwelling catheters With Bactiguard silver alloy coating to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections in patients with spinal cord injury. (Sep 2014)

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More information?

For more information about Horizon Scanning or to let us know about a new health technology, treatment or service you think will have an impact on people injured on the roads or at work, email us at: iscrr.horizon.scanning@monash.edu.

You can also subscribe to receive email updates when new Horizon Scanning titles are released.