HTAi Review | April 14, 2023

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The HTAi Educational Offers Database

The HTAi Educational Offers Database is a free online tool for HTAi members and non-members to collect educational and training programs that are being offered globally in the field of Health Technology Assessment. The Educational Offers Database is targeted to individuals who wish to search for specific HTA courses or programs around the world, and academic institutions and education or training providers who would like to showcase their HTA course or program. The Database is the result of projects executed by the HTAi Scientific Development and Capacity Building Committee. Currently, the Database is limited to Master programs (M.Sc.) in HTA but will be soon expanded to include other educational offers. 

Visit the Educational Offers Database

Registration is required to access the Database. Once registered, users will be able to search the Database and add new courses by filling in a specific online form. HTAi members will have full access to the Database once verified, while non-members will be able to view a limited selection.

For questions or support, please email [email protected].

HTAi Board Election Closes in Two Weeks

The deadline to cast your vote for the 2023 Board of Directors Election is quickly approaching!

The HTAi Board of Directors makes important decisions that shape the organization’s future and provide critical guidance and oversight by determining and monitoring the Society’s strategic direction. Participation in the HTAi Board Election is a key duty for members, and one that makes a significant impact on the future and success of the organization. To view the 2023 Board of Directors candidates, including their application, bio, and qualifications, and to review the Board criteria, click here.  

For all questions regarding the 2023 Board of Directors Election, please contact

The 2023 Board Election will close on May 2, 2023 at 23:59 MDT

Now Accepting Applications to the HTAi Educational Scholarship

The Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Educational Scholarship Program provides funding support for individuals studying or working in the healthcare field in low- or middle-income countries to advance their knowledge and skills directly related to health technology assessment (HTA). By providing financial assistance to complete educational programs or training in HTA for the purpose of applying their knowledge and skills in their country of origin, HTAi advances its mission of promoting the development, communication, understanding, and use of HTA around the world.

A total of $20,000 CAD is available for the HTAi Educational Scholarship program each fiscal year. 

To apply, please review the procedures, fill out the application form, and submit the form as per instructions included at the end of the application form. 

Scholarship applications are due May 1, 2022.

HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting Standard Registration Open

Standard registration rates for the HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting now apply.

The HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting will introduce hundreds of presentations over five days to promote the development, understanding, and use of HTA around the world as a means of fostering innovation and effective use of resources in health care. The presentations include a keynote and three plenaries that will explore various aspects of the event’s overall theme, the Road to Policy and Clinical Integration for health technologies. The Meeting will take place in Adelaide, Australia, from June 24 to 28, 2023.

2023 Annual Meeting Workshop Feature

The HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting offers a variety of workshops designed to share innovative experiences and practices, and to provide learning opportunities for participants. The half or full-day events include interactive activities and focus on developing participants’ skills. 

For the next few months, each issue of the HTAi Review will feature a workshop spotlight, aimed to help HTAi members learn about available opportunities. Registration is open for each of these workshops, which can be included as part of the Annual Meeting registration, or can be attended on their own. Learn more

WS07 – Introduction to GRADE for establishing the certainty of evidence in systematic reviews and Health Technology Assessment

Date & Time: Saturday, June 24 | 8:30AM to 16:30PM
Presenters: Zachary Munn, Timothy Barker
Summary: This workshop is designed for health technology assessors, systematic reviewers, guideline developers and others wanting to learn more about GRADE methodology, particularly the creation of Summary of Findings tables and evidence profiles.

WS12 – A Workshop to Learn About “Why” And “How” To Assess The Impacts Of Health Technology Assessment

Date & Time: Sunday, June 25 | 8:30AM to 12:00PM
Presenters: Charlotte Pelekanou, Sylvie Bouchard, Grace Li-Ying Huang, Erni Zurina Romli
Summary: Many HTA agencies evaluate the impact of their HTA reports, both to improve the internal production of HTA and the external use of the reports in decision making.  This workshop will share approaches to conceptualizing and measuring HTA impact.  Facilitated by senior practitioners at INAHTA member agencies, this session will include case study analysis to assess HTA impact.

WS16 – Advanced Workshop In Information Retrieval: New Challenges And Updated Approaches In Efficient HTA Literature Searching 

Date & Time: Sunday, June 25 | 8:30AM to 16:30PM
Presenters: Ingrid Harboe, Amanda Hodgson, Catherine Voutier, Siw Waffenschmidt
Summary: Join the HTAi Information Retrieval Group (IRG) for its advanced skills workshop. Learn from engaging speakers and expert searchers as we explore efficient search practices and opportunities to harmonize and align our efforts in Health Technology Assessment. A special focus this year will be highlighting the perspective of librarians, information specialists and researchers in the Australian HTA community.

WS14 – Engaging Stakeholders to Strengthen Health systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) moving towards Universal Health Coverage

Date & Time: Sunday, June 25 | 8:30AM to 12:00PM
Presenters: Jani Mueller, Anke Peggy Holtorf, Lauren Pretorius, Marilia Mastrocolla de Almeida Cardoso
Summary: This co-creation workshop addresses current hurdles in LMICs with the aim to strengthen evidence-informed decision-making for achieving more sustainability and inclusiveness in health systems on the path to universal health coverage. The multi-stakeholder participants will spend exciting 3 hours designing together possible pathways to implement HTA processes that fit the context of LMICs.

Important Annual Meeting Dates:

    • Standard registration deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2023 at Midnight MDT (UTC-6) 
    • Last-minute registration: Friday, June 16 to Wednesday, June 28, 2023
    • HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting Workshops: June 24 – 25, 2023
    • HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting: June 24-28, 2023

New this year

Registering for the Annual Meeting has never been easier! While completing registration for the 2023 Annual Meeting, attendees can also pick up social event tickets and register for Workshops all at the same time!

Network News

HB-HTA Interest Group Survey
The HB-HTA Interest Group of the HTAi (Health Technology Assessment International) launch a survey to define the current scenario of the Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment (HB-HTA) at global level.  The aim is to collect data on current HB-HTA activities but also on the perception of the role, potentialities, and barriers for HB-HTA at the international level. Therefore, our survey’s recipients are both hospitals performing HTA (20-25 min survey), hospitals not performing HTA activities (10 min), and national or regional or local policy makers, HTA agencies included (10 min). 

To access to the survey click here. The survey is open to all, members and not members of HTAi. Please, provide your response by Monday May 15, 2023.

Results will be discussed during the HTAi Annual Meeting in June 2023 and published. We invite you to contribute to the survey and to share this initiative with your colleagues. 

If you need further information, please contact: [email protected] 

Webinar from HTAi RWE-AI Interest Group
Join us on April 27, 2023 for the latest webinar from the HTAi RWE & AI Interest Group: AI-Augmented HTA Submissions and Decisions: Evolving Trends and Real-World Use Cases.

The recent launch of ChatGPT has received attention across the globe. Even before the arrival of ChatGPT, AI has impacted healthcare decision making in many ways, including in HTA and HEOR. During this webinar, key experts from IQVIA will provide an overview of AI-related HTA policy and use cases based on an assessment of submissions in four countries, followed by a summary of likely future opportunities for the application of AI in HTA, with selected real-world examples. These will include the use of AI in analysis of patient-level data to support outcomes research, the application of AI to cost-effectiveness, and how large language models such as GPT4 can be used in systematic literature reviews and content generation for dossier submissions. Learn more 

i-HTS Spring Scientific Meeting
HTAi President Dr. Wija Oortwijn, and Vice President Dr. Rabia Sucu, are presenting a session at The i-HTS Spring Scientific Meeting 2023, taking place on April 18 & 19, 2023, in Brussels. The meeting will centre around the topic of ATMP4ALL – How to raise awareness, equal access and trust in complex therapies in Europe? Learn more

RWE4Decisions Webinar
RWE4Decisions is hosting a webinar called “Beating Cancer with Highly Innovative Technologies – What’s the role of RWE?” on April 18 at 15:00-16:00 CEST. More details available here.

DCIG Writing Project
The HTA in Developing Countries Interest Group has launched a writing project on a topic pertinent to low- and middle-income countries. The written pieces will be published on the Interest Group website under the title, “Emerging Issues Relevant to Developing Countries. Winners of the competition will be awarded a monetary prize. Submissions are accepted until April 30, 2023. Learn more

HTA News from Around the World

From PAHO: Jamaica joins the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA). ith this incorporation, RedETSA reaches 41 members from 21 countries in the Region of the Americas. Jamaica is the second English Caribbean country to participate in the Network, after Bermuda, which shows the growing interest in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in the Caribbean. Read more 

From Australia: The Australia Health Technology Assessment Policy and Methods Review has released a workplan. Read more

From Australia: The Australia Health Technology Assessment Policy and Methods Review has opened Consultation 1 to gather evidence or examples in relation to the objectives of the HTA Review, not previously considered through other recent stakeholder consultation relating to HTA.  Read more

From the European Commission: The European Commission has released an updated rolling plan on the implementation of the regulation on HTA. Read more

From the Bulletin Board

If you have an open position you’d like to share with the HTAi membership, please contact [email protected].

IJTAHC Featured Publications

A look back at publications from the HTAi 2022 Annual Meeting.

  • OP83 Joining Efforts To Improve Patient Involvement In Health Technology Assessment: The Case Of The RedETS Patient Interest Group. Read more
  • OP86 Chatbot-Based Symptom-Checkers: A Systematic Review. Read more
  • OP73 Tools That Can Aid Adaptive HTA To Ensure Rapid, Efficient, And Pragmatic Priority Setting: A Scoping Review. Read more

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