MATCH

Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare

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2014 update: MATCH has officially ended but similar work at Nottingham continues apace within MindTech, an NIHR funded Healthcare Technology Co-operative specialising in technologies (devices and digital tools) for Mental Health and Dementia. Please come and visit us there.

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This is the University of Nottingham hub website of the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH).

MATCH was created in 2003 with EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre funding for an initial period of five years and was successful in securing another five years from 2008 to 2013. It aims to support the healthcare technology sector and its user communities by creating methods to assess value from concept through to mature product.

MATCH addresses three crucial perspectives on medical devices:

 

  • New methods to assess value employing economic modelling
  • Decision-making tools to facilitate optimised processes for design and manufacturing
  • Methods to ensure better engagement with users over the entire development cycle

 

The centre and its associated research programme is based across four UK universities: Birmingham, Brunel, Nottingham and Ulster. In addition to the academic effort, MATCH is a partnership that includes the active participation of a cohort of subscribing device manufacturers, designers and health providers.

The Nottingham hub of MATCH brings together expertise in Medicine & Engineering (including Ergonomics), working with the MATCH industrial partner network in order to find research-led solutions to real problems and with the NHS and academic partners towards improvement of innovation and procurement processes for medical technologies. The Nottingham hub is also involved with the MATCH+ partnership to bring the user perspective into health economic modelling and vice versa.

For more details about MATCH, its freely available tools, and information on how to join, please visit the MATCH Programme website, or alternatively feel free to contact the Nottingham hub directly.


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