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Health Technology Update — Issue 12

Last updated: December 13, 2009
Issue: 12
Result type: Report

As we draw to the end of 2009 and the last issue of this newsletter for the year, we would like to take the opportunity to announce the launch of a new CADTH informational product: short reports describing issues related to technology access, reimbursement, and practice intended to help decision-makers in the Canadian health care landscape. These Environmental Scanning Briefs are available at

This issue of Health Technology Update features a new application of an old tool for diabetes screening and diagnosis. This issue also provides insight into activity-based funding and provincial interest in this payment model as a way to sustain health care budgets. Additionally, this issue presents a cross-section of emerging diagnostic tests and, as always, updates and links to recent Canadian health technology assessments and clinical practice guidelines. We hope you find this issue informative and useful. If you would like to suggest a topic, please contact Andra Morrison at

In this issue

Diabetes screening and diagnosis

Canadian approaches to screening and diagnosing diabetes using new evidence, risk prediction tools, and screening options.

Low molecular weight heparins

CADTH provides insight into the relative clinical effectiveness of low molecular weight heparins with a rapid review.

Overcapacity and emergency department overcrowding

CADTH’s role in building a collaborative evidence-informed platform for future initiatives.

Activity-based funding models in Canadian hospitals

Provincial endeavours in activity-based funding.

Is a pound of prevention worth an ounce of cure?

Preventing disease is not always good value for money.

Emerging issues in diagnostic technology

A brief look at a new breast cancer imaging system, a liquid biopsy for detecting kidney disease, a blood test for appendicitis diagnosis, and a breath test for lung cancer detection.

Research and practice

A list of recent health technology assessment and clinical practice guidelines from across Canada.