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
Briefs & bulletins
More detailed descriptions of new or emerging technologies that are identified to have specific relevance to the TAC and WorkSafe.
This brief provides an overview of recent developments in interventions that aim to improve outcomes for people with persistent pain. There are four main approaches to managing persistent pain: medications, physical therapy, nerve stimulation or surgical procedures, and pain management programs.
The best outcomes for people with persistent and disabling musculoskeletal pain are achieved when a multidisciplinary team employs a multimodal management approach that includes physical activity, patient education, behavioural interventions and self-management support.
Neurostimulation is a new strategy that is currently under investigation in the management of spinal cord injury. Neurostimulation is the process of using gentle electrical currents to stimulate the nervous system. Research has given hope that neurostimulation applied to the injured spinal cord can improve function.
The StimQ System is an implantable peripheral nerve stimulation system developed by Stimwave Technologies to provide therapeutic relief for persistent pain of peripheral nerve origin. The system can be used alone or in combination with other therapies as part of a multimodal approach.
The primary limitation of wheelchair use reported by users is the inability to walk or climb stairs. Wearable powered exoskeletons have the potential to overcome this limitation by providing greater mobility and freedom to individuals with paraplegia from spinal cord injury.
The Model of Care describes an integrated approach to the care of patients with spinal cord injuries with the aim of improving pressure injury outcomes, and of limiting their psychosocial and economic impact. Three key principles are identified: self-management, access to equitable and timely services, and integrated care.
Scientists at the University of Alberta in Canada have developed underwear that electrically stimulates the skin and is designed to fit into existing care routines. The underwear is intended to prevent the development of pressure injuries of the ischial tuberosity and sacrum. The underwear is fitted with electrodes that generate tiny pulses of intermittent electrical stimulation.
The antimicrobial properties of the Bactiguard silver alloy coating are intended to prevent the adhesion of bacteria to the inner surface of a catheter and thus preclude the formation of colonies of bacteria that can result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection.
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