Marjan HUMMEL, The Netherlands
Marjan Hummel is an Assistant Professor in DEcision support for Design Engineering (DEciDE) in Healthcare. She is affiliated with the Department of Health Technology and Services Research at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. With a Master’s degree in Technical Business Engineering and a Doctoral degree in Medical Sciences, Marjan has a multidisciplinary background. She has developed a line of research on health technology assessment (HTA) of medical devices in their early stages of development. Within this field of early HTA, she is an acknowledged expert on Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA). In her MCDA studies, she chaired and supervised various expert panels, composed of biomedical engineers and medical specialists, to assess technologies prior to their clinical introduction in health care. Examples of the medical devices she assessed include gene technology, nanotechnology, imaging technology, heart pumps, and robotics. Her HTA studies supported decisions on design engineering (various industrial and academic organizations), allocation decisions of research grants (e.g. Health Council, the Netherlands), and reimbursement decisions (e.g. IQWiG, Germany). She has taught diverse courses in early HTA for Master students in Biomedical Engineering, Technical Medicine and Health Science. She has published her HTA studies involving biomedical engineers in various international peer-reviewed journals.