The Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH) is a well-established research collaboration between four leading UK universities (Birmingham, Brunel, Nottingham & Ulster) and a cohort of industrial partners, also supported by stakeholders from the NHS and other public sector organisations. MATCH, funded since 2003 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and partner subscriptions, provides a critical research mass in the field of health technology assessment (HTA) in its widest sense, bringing together expertise in health economics, engineering and social sciences.
Through the translation of its research MATCH supports both companies across the UK healthcare technology sector and user communities, delivering methods and tools to assess the value of medical devices from concept through to mature product. MATCH aims to transform the medical device sector through improved decision-making, so that companies bring better products to market more quickly and less expensively, whilst healthcare providers are able to adopt products with confidence more rapidly.
By engaging with UK advisory bodies MATCH is also influencing policy, and, through its work with procurement organisations, has provided the NHS with better methods for buying technology. The focus is on making good decisions early in product development and improving processes for adoption of innovations. In support of this, over the past seven years MATCH has researched evidence-gathering strategies, early-stage health economics, methods for eliciting the needs of users, the link between clinical demand and business process, and investment decisions.