NHS Medtech Demand-Side Should Be Greater Priority, Says UK Industry In AAR Response
The Accelerated Access Review, part of the UK's renewed push to speed access to innovations for system efficiency, cost savings and outcomes improvements, strikes most of the right notes, but there is still room for improvement in the framework of innovation adoption by the NHS, according to an industry-commissioned response to the review.
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