Identifying and sharing information on new and emerging health technologies

The Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH) was established in 2011. Its primary purpose is to identify and share information on new and emerging health technologies. This activity, known as horizon scanning, is the corner stone of the strategies aiming to anticipate 1) the potential impact of disruptive health innovation and 2) how they might transform the delivery of health care in order to facilitate their adoption.

Health innovation is recognized as important for the long-term sustainability of our publicly funded health care system. CNESH aims to inform health-related decision-makers, health technology assessment agencies, healthcare providers, patients and health system by identifying technologies that may have a significant improvement on patient outcomes, quality of life, health care costs, or efficiency in health practices. In order to fulfill its mission the network is producing on an annual basis the Top 10 New and Emerging Health Technology Watch List. Currently, 2014 and 2015 lists that present game changing technologies have been launched at the CADTH symposiums. For more information please visit the website at :

This Top 10 lists capture a broader perspective (in-hospital, outpatient technologies, etc.) and uses a robust, transparent and evidence-informed methodology that involved four distinct phases :

  • Identification : by inviting stakeholders to submit technologies through a call for nominations. Stakeholders include industry, clinicians, professional organizations/societies, patient groups, and researchers.
  • Filtration : technologies need to meet the definition of a new and emerging technologies and compulsory questions on the nomination form must be appropriately addressed in order to go the the verification phase.
  • Verification of information submitted by stakeholders who nominated the technologies by an external organization with expertise in evidence-based methods.
  • Prioritization of the technologies based on the verified information and involving general practitioners and clinical experts.

The Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health (CNESH)