17:39 uur 06-07-2020

Echosens kondigt NICE aan, UK Health Technology Assessment Organization, geeft MedTech Innovation Briefing uit over FibroScan-leveronderzoek in de eerstelijnszorg

PARIS & WALTHAM, Mass. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Echosens, een hoogtechnologisch bedrijf dat de FibroScan-productfamilie aanbiedt, kondigt vandaag aan dat het National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), de Britse instantie voor de beoordeling van gezondheidstechnologie, begeleiding en advies om de gezondheids- en sociale zorg te verbeteren, een MedTech Innovation Briefing (MIB) publiceerde gewijd aan het gebruik van niet-invasieve FibroScan-technologie in de eerstelijnszorg. De NICE-experts waren het erover eens dat deze benadering een kosteneffectieve manier zou kunnen zijn voor het National Health System (NHS) om leverfibrose en cirrose in de eerstelijnszorg te beoordelen – waardoor de behoefte aan behandeling, verwijzingen en biopsieën wordt verminderd en de nauwkeurigheid en snelheid worden verbeterd.

“Het gebruik van FibroScan als interventietherapie helpt huisartsen en verpleegkundige specialisten om de betrokkenheid bij patiënten te verhogen door de resultaten en uitkomsten aan te tonen als een waardeverandering die patiënten regelmatig kunnen visualiseren en hen het vertrouwen te geven dat hun inspanningen een impact hebben”, zegt Louise Campbell, patiëntenadvocaat, verpleegkundig consulent, oprichter en medisch directeur van Tawazun Health, en NICE-deskundige commentator. “De echte waarde is dat het, in termen van bestrijding van de leverziekte-epidemie, beter is om deze vroegtijdig op te sporen en de veranderingen in levensstijl van de patiënt te begeleiden dan te vertrouwen op dure medicamenteuze therapieën. Gewichtsverlies en lichaamsbeweging zijn de eerste stap in het verminderen van leverschade.”

Echosens Announces NICE, UK Health Technology Assessment Organization, Issues MedTech Innovation Briefing on FibroScan Liver Exam in Primary Care

PARIS & WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Echosens, a high-technology company offering the FibroScan family of products, announces today that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the United Kingdom’s health technology assessment body providing national guidance and advice to improve health and social care, issued a MedTech Innovation Briefing (MIB) dedicated to utilization of FibroScan non-invasive technology in the primary care setting. The NICE experts concurred that this approach could provide a cost-effective way for the National Health System (NHS) to assess liver fibrosis and cirrhosis in primary care–reducing the need for treatment, referrals and biopsies, and improving accuracy and speed.

“Using FibroScan as an interventional therapy helps primary care physicians and nurse specialists engage patients by demonstrating the results and outcomes as a value change that patients can visualize on a regular basis and give them confidence that their efforts have an impact,” says Louise Campbell, patient advocate, nurse consultant, founder and medical director of Tawazun Health, and NICE expert commentator. “The real value is that, in terms of battling the liver disease epidemic, it’s better to locate it early and be able to guide patient lifestyle changes than rely on costly drug therapies. Weight loss and exercise are the first step in mitigating liver damage.”

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of the disease characterized by the accumulation of lipids in liver cells not associated with the consumption of alcohol. Its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is an asymptomatic, progressive and burgeoning liver disease that can lead to increased liver-related mortality and morbidity. Both are major risk factors for concurrent conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia, and should be monitored to prevent fibrosis, cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplant.

The panel of NICE experts agreed that other technologies fail to offer the same benefits as FibroScan, which is highly portable, less expensive and requires minimal training time. NICE guidance supports the U.K. National Health Service for social care commissioners and staff who are considering using new medical devices and other medical or diagnostic technologies.

According to NICE advice, traditional approaches to assessing liver health non-invasively, such as MRI, CT, ultrasound acoustic radiation force impulse, shear wave elastography and blood biomarkers, as well as invasive liver biopsy, may not be accessible to the broader at-risk population or yield direct measurements. FibroScan based scores such as FAST, combine direct measurements of liver stiffness and fat, as well as circulating biomarkers of inflammation, for a more cost-effective assessment of active fibrotic NASH in patients suspected of having NAFLD.

This technology can be used by anyone who has completed training, leading to patients requiring fewer hospital visits and reducing wait times at secondary care centers (urgent care). According to MIB experts, 9 in 10 people sent to specialist care could have been managed in primary care, where patients can be identified for endoscopy or begin alcohol detox management to reduce emergency department visits. This is more likely to occur at a large practice by a healthcare professional on behalf of the primary care physician.

Dominique Legros, Echosens Group CEO, based at the corporate headquarters and offices in Paris, France, says, “Many patients are asymptomatic but, given the high prevalence of liver disease, FibroScan enables primary care physicians to provide a non-invasive way to examine liver health at the point of care with a dedicated non-invasive technology.”

About Echosens

Pioneer in its field, Echosens significantly changed the practice of liver diagnosis with FibroScan®, the non-invasive gold standard solution for comprehensive management of liver health. FibroScan® is recognized worldwide as the reference for non-invasive liver fibrosis and liver steatosis assessment with more than 2,500+ peer reviewed publications and 60+ international guidelines recommendations. Echosens has made FibroScan® available in over 100+ countries enabling millions of liver examinations worldwide.


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