Horizon scanning is a process to identify important trends, opportunities, new technologies and challenges. It is used to support financial, policy, process and research planning, so that systems can take advantage of developments or are better prepared when they occur.
HealthTech Connect is one of many tools used to support horizon scanning for the UK health and social care system. By entering a technology on HealthTech Connect, innovators can be sure that their technology will be included in horizon scanning activities.
If a technology is not on HealthTech Connect, it may not be captured in horizon scanning activities. This means that the UK health and social care system may be unaware of the opportunity or challenge associated with use of the technology. This could have an impact on legal, regulatory, process or procurement issues, leading to delays in the development and adoption of the technology.