HTAi Review | December 1, 2023

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Important information regarding your 2024 HTAi Membership

HTAi is the only global society championing equitable, responsive, and cutting-edge HTA. Membership opens doors to unparalleled access to top HTA leaders and experts. This exclusive opportunity to connect and collaborate with the best in the field is a unique privilege reserved for HTAi members, which provides a platform for growth and influence in the HTA community.

HTAi membership provides you with an international network of HTA experts, leaders, policymakers, stakeholders, and thought-innovators. Being part of this multi-stakeholder community will offer exceptional benefits, such as: 

  • Global Networking: HTAi initiatives connect you with over 1,000 like-minded international professionals. 
  • Community Connections: Engage with Interest Groups and Working Groups built around your professional interests; submit job postings, RFPs, and more to be posted on our HTAi bulletin board page; make use of unlimited event listings on the HTAi event calendar to promote organizational events, speaking engagements, and more! 
  • Personal and Professional Development: Enhance your skills and knowledge with webinars and workshops throughout the year; stay up to date with the latest in HTAi resources and news, including e-newsletters, bulletins, and international developments in HTA; enjoy member-only access to an online database of HTA courses and programs offered by academic and other institutions worldwide. 
  • Exclusive Opportunities: HTAi members enjoy special offers, such as the free online access to IJTAHC— the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, and discounted rates for the Annual Meeting.  
  • Increased Visibility: Whether it’s a leadership role in an HTAi committee or Interest Group, or the opportunity to present your work in front of a global audience, our networks can expand your horizons and open new doors.

Organizational memberships provide access to all of the exceptional Society benefits to ten (10) organizational representatives. Additionally, organizational memberships for universities extend Society benefits to ten (10) organizational representatives, as well as an UNLIMITED number of students affiliated with the university. This distinctive feature is designed to empower the next generation of professionals and innovators in the HTA space. 

HTAi memberships are valid from January 1 to December 31 each year. Your current membership will expire on December 31, 2023. Renew your membership now to continue participating in HTAi activities, including Interest Groups and committees, award nominations, and voting in elections. Membership renewal portals are open, and personalized renewal notices have been sent to all 2023 members. Current members are asked to check their inboxes for a renewal notice, which includes instructions and a direct link to facilitate the process. If you are a current member and have not received your notice, contact our membership team at [email protected].

Call for Technical Officers: DEA-IG, PCIG, DCIG

Are you new to HTA? Are you interested in connecting with the global HTA community? An extraordinary opportunity awaits you. Become a vital part of HTAi’s Interest Groups (IG)— apply to become an IG Technical Officer!

The Disinvestment and Early Awareness IG (DEA IG), the HTA in Developing Countries IG (DCIG) and the Patient & Citizen Involvement IG (PCIG) are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual who is willing to provide one to two days a month to support their Co-Chairs and Steering Committee as a Technical Officer (TO), from January to December 2024 (subject to a positive evaluation by the IG Chairs, the contract may be extended for additional 12 months).

Examples of responsibilities include defining agendas, setting calls and taking minutes, writing reports, supporting project work and scientific papers, drafting press releases and other similar activities. 

Interested Candidates much apply by Friday December 15th 2023. More details are available via the button below.

Last Call: Submit your Nominations for HTAi Awards Today!

HTAi Awards recognize individuals who have made important and lasting impacts to the field of HTA over the course of their career. Nominations for two Awards are currently open, but act fast: Submissions close on December 15, 2023!

About the Awards

The David Banta Award

The David Banta Distinguished Career Award was established in 2012 And is named after its inaugural winner, Mr. David Banta. David Banta had a truly significant impact on the establishment and development of health technology assessment (HTA). Under his leadership, from 1975 to 1982, the Health Program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) played a leading role in establishing the highly influential field and methods of HTA. 

These projects were instrumental in establishing a formal basis for HTA collaboration in Europe and a spirit of cooperation that has endured into the present. In addition, David Banta was one of the founders of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care, HTAi’s predecessor Society. He edited the HTAi’s newsletter for more than 10 years, participated in establishing HTAi, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

The David Banta Award recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding and lasting contributions over their careers (over 25 years) in advancing the development and use of HTA internationally (in over 5 countries).

Recipients have demonstrated significant dedication to and impact on the field of HTA at the international level, including outstanding contributions to the science and methodology of HTA and leadership in the advancement of the production and use of HTA to support evidence-informed decisions making in health systems. These individuals have also been extensively involved in the work of HTAi.

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award was established in memory of Sigrid Droste. Sigrid came from an initial background in Medical Geography and Cartography and found her way through medical information retrieval to Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

Being chronically ill herself, the problems of translating evidence into everyday patient care were her daily necessity. This led to her main interest in the ethics of HTA, where she achieved a high level of expertise. In her last 13 years, Sigrid worked as a senior research associate at the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), the German HTA body.

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award recognizes Society members in good standing who are making or have made important contributions in ethics in HTA. 

Due to the significance of these awards, they will only be given in years when a suitable nominee(s) fulfills the Award’s eligibility criteria and is nominated by an HTAi member in good standing.

Nomination submission for the Sigrid Droste Award and David Banta Award will close December 15, 2023. 

Coming Soon: HTAi Board Nominations

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. In February 2023, the HTAiBoard of Directors and its Nominating Committee will open the nominations for members in good standing to submit nominations for candidacy. 

Stay tuned for more information!

Please note: only members in good standing are eligible to run for election, nominate members, and vote. If you have not established your 2023 membership, renew your membership today to ensure you can participate.

Updates from the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Oral and Poster Abstract Submissions Close December 7!

The HTAi Annual Meeting is a key international gathering for sharing cutting-edge research, advancing discussions in policy and methods, and building global networks. The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will unite the global HTA community for dynamic discussions and debates on the future of health technology assessment worldwide. Focused on the central theme, “A Turning Point for HTA? Sustainability, Networks, and Innovation,” this year’s Annual Meeting promises to be a pivotal moment in shaping the course of healthcare assessment practices.

HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Abstract submissions are open for Orals and Posters until December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7). 

Abstract submission guidelines are available on the 2024 Annual Meeting website. Annual Meeting abstracts undergo a meticulous review process to maintain the elevated standard of presentations to which our attendees have grown accustomed. The 2024 submission guidelines have changed. Please carefully and thoroughly read the updated guidelines to maximize your abstract’s potential for success.

Before submitting, get to know the 2024 Annual Meeting main theme and plenary themes

Participation Grants Submissions Close December 7! 

HTAi offers Participation Grants (former 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.

Participation Grant application submissions are open now. Please carefully and thoroughly read the 2024 Participation Grant submission guidelines before submitting your application. Please note:  Participation Grant submissions close December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7)

Introducing the Keynote Speaker for the 2024 Annual Meeting

Meet our HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rifat Atun!

Dr. Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and Director of Harvard Health Systems Innovation Lab. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Atun has advised many governments around the world on health system reforms and acts as a consultant/advisor to the World Bank, WHO, and leading health and technology companies.

Enhance Your Organization’s Presence within the HTA Community

Every year, the world’s leading experts in HTA convene at the HTAi Annual Meeting. This gathering serves as a dynamic platform for collaboration, participation, and the exchange of knowledge, all aimed at advancing global healthcare. This influential community comprises researchers, policymakers, industry leaders, academics, healthcare providers, agencies, and patients, all of whom constitute HTAi’s esteemed membership. The Annual Meeting represents a unique opportunity to actively shape the future landscape of HTA on a global scale.

Sponsors play a pivotal role in HTAi. Sponsor support ensures the continuation of international dialogues, such as the Annual Meeting. Annual Meeting sponsors gain significant visibility with the foremost global HTA leaders. This offers a valuable chance to establish meaningful connections with the diverse array of attendees. Sponsors also enjoy exclusive access and opportunities to engage one-on-one with delegates, collaborate directly with industry leaders, and actively participate in discussions encompassing the past, current, and future state of HTA around the world. The HTAi Annual Meeting is an intimate gathering that places sponsors’ organizations directly in front of those who are changing healthcare on a global scale.

HTAi is committed to nurturing unique and mutually beneficial relationships with each supporter and partner, ensuring that they find enduring value in the support they provide. For-profit and not-for-profit sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Are you looking for a unique way to get involved? Check out the our customizable opportunities to connect and engage, including:

      • PATIENT LOUNGE – Support a dedicated lounge and recovery
        space facilitating a patient-friendly conference environment
        improving the overall experience of the delegates. The space
        would be for participants to rest and refresh, containing a number
        of accommodations specific to patient needs.
      • PARTICIPATION GRANTS/PCIG PASS GRANTS – Facilitate
        Participation Grants or the PCIG Pass Program, offering financial
        support to 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 benefiting from
        participation in the global HTA community.
      • BRAINDATES – Support an HTA Networking Lounge, allowing
        delegates with similar interests and challenges to connect
        and book ‘networking time’ at the Annual Meeting. With this
        initiative, HTAi is aiming to empower people to learn and connect
        through intentional conversations and foster knowledge-sharing
        conversations among people at our events.

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity for your organization or an organization you know, please contact the Annual Meeting team

A Look Back

From Theory to Practice: Implementing the EU Health Technology Assessment Regulation

The European Commission continued its Partner Meetings on implementing the EU HTA regulations with an event in Seville, Spain, on November 22, 2023. HTAi Board Directors Americo Cicchetti and Marco Marchetti, in other capacities, served as two of the speakers for the event. The event program and presentation are now available online. An additional meeting is scheduled to take place in Utrecht on January 30, 2024. Learn more

Network News

Meet Kari MacKinnon
Introducing HTAi’s newest Staff Member, Kari MacKinnon!

Kari is taking on the role of Interim Coordinator, Events. She has been an administrator and event organizer for over 16 years in a variety of industries and professions, ranging from hospitality to building professionals to family medicine. Kari was the part time Events and Continuous Professional Development Coordinator for the Manitoba College of Family Physicians well as the Education and Events Coordinator for the Air Barrier Association of America. Kari has worn the hats of assistant, coordinator, and administrator and she looks forward to bringing her skills and experience to HTAi. In her free time Kari loves to cook, travel, entertain, and spend her money unwisely online shopping. Learn more

Webinar: Regulatory updates on harmonization of HTA among medical devices and digital medicine

Hosted by the Medical Devices Interest Group, this webinar  explores the regulatory landscape governing the safety, performance, risks, and benefits of medical devices and wellness technology. Discover how a harmonized approach to assessment criteria is crucial for evaluating digital solutions and mobile apps in the social, health, and welfare sectors.

Speakers: 

    • Marco Marchetti – Leading expert on Health Technology Assessment Regulation (HTAR 2021/2282) in Europe; HTAi Board Director
    • Petra Hoogendoorn – Lead expert of CEN-ISO/TS 82304-2, assigned by the European Commission for health and wellness apps’ quality and reliability.

The webinar is scheduled for December 6, 2023 at 12:00 CET (UTC +1) | 04:00 MST (UTC -7). Learn more

Webinar: Ethical analyses at HTA agencies: challenges and opportunities

Hosted by the HTAi Ethics Interest Group, this webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities for being involved in conducting ethical analyses at HTA agencies. Bart Bloemen, co-chair of the IG on ethics, will present the work that the interest group is currently conducting on a paper that address this topic. Following this introduction, two speakers will present their experiences with working as an ethicist at HTA institutes. Renata Axler leads the development of ethics methodologies and practices at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Lars Sandman is professor at Linköping University, and also assigned as ethics advisor for Swedish health care authorities and director at the National Centre for Priorities in Health. Both will present examples of their work, and reflect upon the lessons they have learned with respect to being involved in ethical analyses in this context. These presentations will be the basis and an invitation to the audience for exchanging ideas about how to advance this interesting area of HTA.

Speakers:

    • Bart Bloemen, PhD candidate and associate lecturer | Radboud University Medical Centre
    • Renata Axler, Ethics Lead | CADTH
    • Lars Sandman, Director and Professor of healthcare ethics | National Centre for Priorities in Health at Linköping University

This webinar will take place on January 17, 2024, at 16:00-17:00 CET (UTC+1) | 08:00 – 9:00 MST (UTC-7)Learn more

HTA News from Around the World

From the PAHO: The XIII Regional Meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA) was held in the city of Brasilia, Brazil, November 7-09, 2023. The event was organized in conjunction with the III Congress of the Brazilian Health Technology Assessment Network – Rebrats Read more

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Philippines: The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has opened a call for capsule proposals from Filipino researchers for the 2023 HTA Research Agenda Program. Read more

From the Australian Government: Meeting minutes from the HTA Consumer Consultative Committee meeting on October 19, 2023 are now available. 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].

Executive Director
HTAi is seeking qualified candidates to fill the role of Executive Director. The HTAi Executive Director Transition Search Committee has contracted executive search and leadership consultants Odgers Berntson to manage the recruitment process. Details on the position are available here. 

PhD Opportunity: Health Economics alongside Clinical Trials and Clinical Registries for Children
This PhD includes the opportunity to conduct health economics studies alongside clinical trials and registries, assess the distributions of health outcomes and healthcare utilisations across key socioeconomic indicators, and investigate health-related quality of life for various child health conditions. There are unique opportunities to work with internationally renowned clinicians and child health researchers, and participate in projects that aim to inform policy and practice. Applications close: 15 DecemberPhD opportunities to conduct health economics studies alongside clinical trials and clinical registries for children (unimelb.edu.au)

PhD Opportunity: Health Economics and Childhood Epilepsy
The aim of the PhD project is to estimate the health economic impacts for children and families with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE) including health service use, cost, and quality of life. This is a unique opportunity to undertake health economics research alongside clinicians and conduct cost effectiveness analysis and discrete choice experiments. Applications close: 15 DecemberPhD Opportunity- Health Economics and Childhood Epilepsy (unimelb.edu.au)

PhD Opportunity: Paediatric Patient Reported Outcomes
The aim of the PhD project is to advance understanding of the use of the PROMIS-25 paediatric measure of health-related quality of life. The project will include analysing the psychometric performance of the PROMIS-25 measure for children with opportunities to extend into qualitative research, clinical application of the tool or application of results into health economic evaluation. This is a unique opportunity to undertake research on the PROMIS-25 tool using an existing dataset the Paediatric Multi-Instrument Comparison (P-MIC) study collected as part of the QUOKKA Research Program. Data have been collected for almost 2000 children ages 2- 18 years on a number of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) allowing comparative assessment including across child age and condition. Applications close: 15 DecemberPhD Opportunity- Paediatric Patient Reported Outcomes (unimelb.edu.au)

IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • Cost-effectiveness of population-based screening for microalbuminuria in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in India. Read more
  • Mapping horizon scanning systems for medical devices: similarities, differences, and lessons learned. Read more
  • The role of quantitative bias analysis for nonrandomized comparisons in health technology assessment: recommendations from an expert workshop. Read more

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