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.

This document supplements the PCORI HCHSS Protocol and Operations Manual by describing the horizon scanning process related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which arose in late 2019. Click here to learn more about the PCORI HCHSS Biweekly COVID-19 Scans.

Horizon scanning involves 2 processes. The first is identifying and monitoring new and evolving health care interventions that purportedly hold potential to diagnose, treat, or otherwise manage a disease or condition or to improve care delivery. The second is analyzing the relevant health care context in which these new and evolving interventions would exist to understand their potential for disruption to the standard of care.

The goal of the PCORI HCHSS COVID-19 supplement is not to predict future utilization and costs of any health care innovation; rather, it is intended to help inform and guide planning and prioritization of research resources.

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