The Health Care Horizon Scanning System provides a systematic process to identify healthcare interventions that have high potential to alter the current standard of care.
The PCORI Health Care Horizon Scanning System (HCHSS) conducts horizon scanning of new and emerging health care technologies and innovations with high potential for disruption to the current standard of care to better inform patient-centered outcomes research investments at PCORI.
The HCHSS provides PCORI with a systematic process to identify and monitor technologies and innovations in health care that are in PCORI’s priority areas of interest and to create an inventory of interventions that have the highest potential for disruption to the current standard of care in terms of patient outcomes, health disparities, care delivery, infrastructure, access, and/or costs. It will also be a tool for the public to identify information on selected new health care technologies and interventions. Any investigator or funder of research will be able to use the PCORI HCHSS to help select research topics.
Horizon Scanning Status Reports
The PCORI HCHSS produces quarterly Status Reports, which summarize key data elements for all topics currently monitored in the system and, if applicable, topics archived since the last Status Report.
- June 2019—The topics included in this report represent 93 diseases or conditions and PCORI-defined priority areas. The diseases or conditions include Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and mental and behavioral health. The priority areas represent several therapeutic classes, including biotechnology, device, implant, and pharmaceutical.
- March 2019—The topics included in this report represent 50 diseases or conditions and PCORI-defined priority areas. The diseases or conditions include Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and mental and behavioral health. The priority areas represent several therapeutic classes, including biotechnology, device, implant, and pharmaceutical.
Horizon Scanning High Potential Disruption Reports
Individuals with vested interests in new technologies, services, and innovations typically provide critical insights and information about the areas in which they have a vested interest. Their perspectives may include their vision and plans for how they intend to carry out adoption of a technology, service, or innovation. Twice a year, analysts review all topics for which stakeholder comments have been received in the previous 15 months.
- May 2019—Based on stakeholder rationales and ratings, analysts in this report nominate topics to be included that they have deemed to have the highest potential for disruption.
Horizon Scanning Protocol and Operations Manual
This document outlines the basic protocol and decision processes used in broad scanning to identify leads for new interventions deemed to be 2 to 3 years from potential entry into clinical care, selecting topics for in-depth profile development, and identifying interventions with high potential to cause disruption in each priority area.
Posted: June 11, 2019; Updated: July 9, 2019