The principal stages of horizon scanning methodology for emerging health technologies include:
- The identification of emerging health technologies
- Understanding where the innovation sits in the development process (early, mid or late)
- Reporting an innovation status to key stakeholders and the public
- Reporting on what is new, or expected to come in the future, for a disease or technology.
The NIHR Innovation Observatory does this by using digital tools to scan, interpret and identify technologies globally from clinical trials registries, academic publications, notifications of commercial activity (mergers and acquisitions), patent filings, and registrations.