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The HTAi Round-up: What’s New This Week – November 15, 2019


What’s New: the Latest from HTAi

The 2019 Asia Policy Forum has wrapped up, Travel Grants and OVP abstracts are due, and the Global Policy Forum is looking for consultation: this week’s edition of the HTAi Round-up.

HTAi Asia Policy Forum Complete

The HTAi 2019 Asia Policy Forum was held in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 6-8. The Forum included a supporting background paper on Sustainability of Healthcare Systems in Asia: Exploring the Role of Horizon Scanning and Reassessment in the HTA Landscape, a tour of Vietnam’s National Cancer Hospital, and productive discussions with attending members.

A newsletter setting out the key messages and learnings will be available shortly.

HTAi would like to thank all members (HTA agencies, industry, patient representatives, and more; WHO; World Bank Group; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) as well as HSPI as local hosts, Professor Brendon Kearney as Chair, and Linda Mundy as Scientific Secretary.

For more information on the HTAi Asia Policy Forum, including past meeting locations and publications, visit this page.

Travel Grant deadline ends in ONE week

The Travel Grant submission system closes November 21, 2019, which leaves only one week left to apply!

HTAi offers Travel Grants to support HTA stakeholders who would otherwise not be able to attend the HTAi Annual Meeting for the purpose of contributing their expertise, presenting their work or otherwise benefitting from participation in the global HTA community. These grants are funded directly by HTAi and in some cases, are sponsored by external parties on an unconditional basis.

To be eligible for an HTAi Travel Grant, applicants must qualify to represent one of the following groups:

  • Applicant resides in a low- or middle-income country (as defined by the World Bank Link);
    • Please note: Individuals temporarily residing in a high-income country but maintaining permanent residence in a low or middle-income country may apply for an HTAi Travel Grant. However, preference may be given to individuals currently residing in low- or middle-income countries.
  • Applicant is a patient or care-giver who can provide patient insights relevant to health policy and HTA and is associated with a not-for-profit patient engagement network. (Letter of confirmation from organization represented must be provided.)
  • Applicant is a full-time student enrolled in a post-secondary education program or course for HTA. (Certificate of enrollment must be provided.)

To apply for Travel Grants for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Beijing, please follow this link.

Oral, Vignette, and Poster Abstract Submission System closes in ONE week

If you’re planning on submitting an Oral, Vignette, or Poster abstract for the 2020 Annual Meeting, mark your calendars; the deadline ends on November 21, 2019! HTAi encourages everyone to start the submission process early, as the abstract submission system is new this year. Abstracts may be added, saved in draft form, and edited repeatedly prior to final submission. For more information on abstract submissions, visit  this page.

INAMI/RIZIV seeking consultation

Belgian healthcare payer INAMI/RIZIV commissioned work to explore the potential of real-world evidence to close evidentiary gaps for HTA/payer decisions. Comment is requested (via this survey) by all international stakeholder groups on the proposed stakeholder actions in the draft paper Real-world evidence to support HTA/payer decisions on highly innovative technologies – Actions for stakeholders. Consultation will remain open until January 6, 2020. Further details are provided in the survey link.

2020 Global Policy forum seeking consultation on background paper

HTAi members are invited to provide comments on the 2020 HTAi Global Policy Forum background paper. Your feedback is invaluable as the Forum looks to finalize the paper ahead of the 2020 HTAi Global Policy Forum in New Orleans (26-28 January, 2020).

The draft 2020 HTAi Global Policy Forum background paper and annexes can be found here. Line numbers have been added to help you easily identify corresponding sections.

Please note that this is a draft document and the current focus is on content. Submit comments through the online survey or by email to [email protected]

Member Contributions

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