Emerging technologies should be formally evaluated

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5699
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The UK government needs to urgently establish a risk analysis framework for emerging medical technologies, reports the centre right think tank 2020health.

Their report examines some of the new medical technologies that are likely to have applications within the next 15 years. It particularly focuses on four areas—IT implants, neurotherapeutics, synthetic biology, and genetic prediction.

The report, which was commissioned by the Conservative party, carries out a strengths and weakness (SWOT) analysis to examine the risks and benefits of these technologies. It states that although each of these technologies offers the possibility of therapeutic advances each one also has potential risks.

For example, neural implants have several emerging applications such as managing tremors in Parkinson’s disease or the …

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