The international information network on Health Technologies (EuroScan International Network e.V.) is a scientific association of member organizations and individuals for the exchange of information on important emerging new drugs, devices, procedures, programs, and settings in health care. As an association it is a non-for-profit legal entity.
The EuroScan International Network was established as collaborative network of member public agencies in 1997 following an international workshop held in Copenhagen. After the workshop a working group was established with representatives from Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with associated representatives from Canada and Switzerland to collaborate on the exchange of information on the safety and efficacy of the new technologies. This working group became the EuroScan International Network in 1999.
In 2017 members of the EuroScan International Network founded the legal scientific association of EuroScan International Network e.V. in Cologne, Germany. The association should open the world of the collaborative network for scientific academic institutions and scientist and should include doers and users of the information needed during the awareness of technologies within the life-cycle of a technology. By this the provided knowledge should support the areas of assessment and decision making on local, regional, national and international levels.
In 2017 the former network members decided to merge into the new association.
The EuroScan International Network is the leading global collaborative networks that collects and shares information on innovative technologies, the appropriate use of technologies and the potential needs of re-assessment of the added value of technologies in healthcare to support decision-making and the adoption and use of effective, useful and safe health-related technologies. We are also the principal global forum for the sharing and development of methods for the early identification and pre-assessment of new, emerging and obsolete health-related technologies, and predicting their potential impact on health services and existing technologies.
The EuroScan International Network is committed to working with a high level of transparency and professionalism, and in partnership with researchers, research centers, governments and international organizations to produce high quality information and effective early awareness and alert systems for our respective constituencies. We are also committed to support the development of existing and new non-for-profit public agencies working in the early awareness and alert field.
The EuroScan International Network will form the leading global networks for public institutions / individuals and academic institutions / individuals working on the identification and preparing assessment of new and emerging technologies in healthcare to support decision-making and the adoption and use of innovative technologies to the benefit of patients and health services.
The network is collaborative. By this the vision is to increase common works, projects and information exchange. On equal membership, unbiased information exchange is promoted during the whole life-cycle of technologies for health care services and by and for all health care professionals.
The network is sharing information, supporting action to raise effecient scientific, evidence based working. The network is supporting by this action to do common projects between members.
In addition, the common information sharing platform will be hosted within the network.
To establish a system to share skills and experience in early awareness and alert activities on new and emerging and obsolete technologies.