HTAi Review | February 16, 2024

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Board Nominations Open

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.

The HTAi Board of Directors and its Nominating Committee have opened nominations for members in good standing to fill the following positions and terms: 

    • One (1) Treasurer positionwith a total commitment of three (3) years; we are looking specifically for candidates with financial experience; MBA or accounting designation would be an asset
    • One (1) Secretary position, with a total commitment of three (3) years; we are looking specifically for candidates with fluency in the English language, understanding of meeting procedures and experience with corporate minutes requirements.

All nominees for Treasurer should review HTAi Bylaws 6.3 and 8.7. All nominees for Secretary should review HTAi Bylaws 6.3, 8.8, and 14.1.  

The HTAi Board seeks to ensure that it includes the skills, experience, competencies, and attributes necessary to effectively oversee the operations and long-term strategy of the Society. To view the full list of requirements, click the button below.

Please note: only members in good standing are eligible to run for election, nominate members, and vote. If you have not established your 2024 membership, renew your membership today to ensure you can participate.

Save the Date: LATAM Regional Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia

HTAi is collaborating with the Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud (IETS) to host a one-day Regional Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia on August 14, 2024. Save the date today; more details will be available soon. 

News from the HTAi Policy Fora

Call for Expressions of Interest from Not-For-Profit organizations to join the HTAi Global Policy Forum

The HTAi Global Policy Forum is currently accepting Expressions of Interest to fill one (1) vacancy available for a Not-For-Profit organization.

We welcome Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from not-for-profit organizational members of HTAi who have formal responsibilities within a health care system to make HTA-based decisions and/or provide HTA-based advice on coverage or pricing of health care technologies. EOIs from any country are welcome.

Call for Nominations – HTAi LATAM Policy Forum Organizing Committee

HTAi has opened a call for nominations for the Latin America (LATAM) Forum Organizing Committee to fill one For-Profit vacancy.

LATAM Policy Forum Organizing Committee members are required to commit to continued and diligent support of the content and development of the LATAM Policy Forum meetings through input on the topic, agenda, the research, framing and reporting of the pre-meeting background paper, the identification of speakers, and several outputs of the meeting. Input will be provided by email and through approximately 3-4 90-minute meetings (by teleconference and one in person meeting at the HTAi Annual Meeting) per year ahead of the LATAM Policy Forum meeting in Q3.

Call for Nominations – HTAi Asia Policy Forum Organizing Committee

HTAi has opened a call for nominations for the Asia Policy Forum Organizing Committee to fill one Not-For-Profit vacancy. Asia Policy Forum Organizing Committee members are required to commit to continued and diligent support of the content and development of Asia Policy Forum meetings through input on the topic, agenda, the research, framing and reporting of the pre-meeting background paper, the identification of speakers, and several outputs of the meeting. Input will be provided by email and through approximately seven 60-minute meetings (by teleconference and one in person meeting at the HTAi Annual Meeting) per year ahead of the HTAi Asia Policy Forum meeting in November.

Call for Expressions of Interest – HTAi HTA in Developing Countries Interest Group

DCIG is currently accepting expressions of interest from those wishing to join the Steering Committee, in particular, the IG has open positions for :

  • Vice Chair
  • Steering Committee members

All candidates must use this form to submit their motivation, a short bio, and suggestions for initiatives or activities for the IG that you wish to implement. Applicants should be able to commit to the role for one term (3 years, 2024-2027). Please consult the terms of reference for more information on the IG. 

News from the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Register Today: Early Bird Registration Ends March 28

The HTAi 2024 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 presentation and three plenaries that will explore various aspects of the event’s overall theme, A Turning Point for HTA? Sustainability, Networks, and Innovation. This year, the HTAi Annual Meeting offers a distinctive blend of engagement and interaction that caters to both virtual and in-person attendees. Whether you’re on-site or online, your Annual Meeting experience will be filled with dynamic scientific discussions and valuable networking opportunities for all participants!  

The HTAi Annual Meeting is open to all HTA collaborators and contributors. While membership to HTAi is not a pre-requisite to attending the Annual Meeting, all active HTAi members enjoy a reduced registration rate in addition to the unparalleled opportunities membership provides.  

Additionally, tickets for social events, such as the conference dinner, and pre-registration for Workshops, can be completed during the registration process. Further registration information is available on the HTAi Annual Meeting website. 

Important Upcoming Dates

Early-bird registration deadline: Thursday, March 28, 2024 at Midnight MDT (UTC-6) 

Standard registration deadline: Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Midnight MDT (UTC-6) 

Last-minute registration: Friday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 19, 2024 

PCIG PASS Program

HTAi’s Patient and Citizen Involvement in HTA Interest Group (PCIG) offers the PCIG PASS to support patients, carers and patient representatives attend HTAi Annual Meeting and pre-meeting workshops who would be otherwise unable to take part.

You may be eligible to apply if you: 

  • have lived experience as a patient or carer, or
  • represent patients (such as in a patient or community organisation, including online groups), or
  • represent patients in an HTA committee (such as a consumer/patient/public/lay member), or
  • have an HTAi Participation Grant or is a plenary speaker, and fall into one of the above 3 categories and need a ‘partial’ PCIG PASS to cover a gap between the Grant and the PASS.

Jordi Llinares Garcia Memorial Award

The HTAi RWE&AI Interest Group is pleased to announce an exceptional opportunity available to students presenting at the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting.

Students with accepted abstracts linked to real-world evidence and artificial intelligence for the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting in Seville are eligible to apply for a one-time monetary award in memory of Jordi Llinares Garcia.

Jordi Llinares Garcia, who served as the Head of Research and Innovation at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), passed away unexpectedly in July 2021. Jordi was the driver of PRIME, a program aimed at optimizing support for the development of priority medicines that target unmet medical needs in Europe and contributed to defining the Agency’s regulatory science strategy. He also made a difference in the professional lives of many of of his colleagues.

Through the Jordi Llinares Garcia Memorial Award, the HTAi RWE&AI Interest Group will award two (2) students with up to 1,000 CAD to support their attendance to the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting in Seville, Spain, from 15-19 June, 2024.
 

To be eligible to apply, the candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Current MSc or PhD students
  • Members of HTAi for 2024
    • If you are not a 2024 member, you can become one! HTAi offers a special category of membership for students. For more information visit our membership page.
  • Members of RWE&AI Interest Group
  • Have an on-site oral/poster accepted in the 2024 Annual Meeting program on the topics related to real-world evidence or artificial intelligence
 

View more from the 2024 Annual Meeting

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

Thank you to our 2024 Annual Meeting Support Teams!

Thank you to our support teams who have volunteered their time to support our organizing and planning efforts for the 2024 Annual Meeting. Their invaluable contributions and insights are greatly appreciated! 

 

Renew your HTAi membership today!

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 2023 membership is now expired; 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. Please check your inbox for a renewal notice, which includes instructions and a direct link to facilitate the process. If you have not received your notice, contact our membership team at [email protected].

A Look Back

Thank you to our 2024 Global Policy Forum Patient Representatives 

Thank you to our 2024 Global Policy Forum Patient Representatives whose perspective and expertise provide critical contributions to Policy Forum discussions.

Our 2024 Patient Representatives

Network News

Read the latest news from HTAi Interest Groups
Did you know HTAi Interest Groups publish newsletters? Catch up on global news and updates relevant to each interest group — read through the most recent newsletters!

Upcoming Webinar: The Characteristics of Rare Diseases That Complicate the Assessment of Technology Value

Evaluating the value of rare disease technologies poses challenges due to factors like poor natural history, small populations, limited data, complexity, and high unmet needs. Challenges vary across the spectrum of ultra-rare to more prevalent diseases, with added complexities in different populations, such as pediatrics. This webinar aims to highlight these characteristics, elucidate their role in hindering evidence generation and value assessment, and discuss the resulting difficulties in obtaining approvals. The session will also outline the impact of these challenges and detail the strategies planned by the Rare Disease Interest group to address and overcome them.

Panelists

  • Elena Nicod – Director, Dolon | Italy
  • Fleur Chandler – Head of Market Access UK and Ireland, Sanofi | United Kingdom
  • Dan Ollendorf – Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Health Technology Assessment Methods and Engagement, ICER | United States of America
  • Karen Facey – Independent | United Kingdom
  • Sheela Upadhyaya – Life Sciences Consultant, Independent | United Kingdom

Time and Date
February 27, 2024 | 07:00 – 08:00 MST (UTC-7)

 Register here

Europe 360 Project Article from PCIG
A blog written by PCIG Members Dr. Anke-Peggy Holtorf and Neil Bertelsen will be published by EFPIA later this month. The piece is based on the Europe 360 HTA Patient Involvement report already available under Projects on the PCIG page. More information coming soon. 

Hospital-Based HTA Interest Group Survey
HB-HTA IG extends an exclusive invitation for contribution to an international study on the integration of Environmental Sustainability (ES) into HB-HTA. This initiative is led by Michela Bobini, Rossella Di Bidino, Iga Lipska, and Americo Cicchetti.

Your insights are crucial to achieving the study’s three main objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of global hospital progress in integrating an ES dimension into HB-HTA.
  2. Assess the consistency of HB-HTA activities with hospital ES strategies.
  3. Explore emerging approaches and methods for integrating environmental sustainability into HB-HTA as identified in the literature.

The survey  will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Your input is invaluable for the study. The collected data will be instrumental in crafting an international paper to share insights and advancements in HB-HTA and ES integration.  Learn more

Welcome to our 2024 Interest Group Technical Officers
Technical Officers provide critical support to Interest Group activities, fulfilling responsibilities such as defining agendas, setting calls and taking minutes, writing reports, supporting project work and scientific papers, drafting press releases and more.

Please join us in welcoming our 2024 Interest Group Technical Officers. 

HTA News from Around the World

From New Zealand: Pharmac joins the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) Read more

From Canada: The Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes published a piece on Managing Uncertainty: How early HTA improves return on research investment. Read more

From WHO: WHO: The World Health Organization introduces the Health Technology Access Pool (HTAP) as the successor to the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP).  Read more

From OHE: A new piece from OHE puts a spotlight on HTA in Türkiye. Read more

From EMA: the Heads of Human Medicines (HMA) and EMA have launched two public electronic catalogues of real-world data (RWD) sources and studies to enhance data discoverability. Read more

From INNOVAL-HC: Early Bird Registration for the Heidelberg Health Economics Summer School 2024 is now open. 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].

Postdoctoral ResearcherFundación Progreso y Salud (FPS-AETSA) | Seville, Spain

The successful candidate will join FPS-AETSA to work on the ASSESS-DHT project, which has been funded by the European Commission (Horizon Europe) to facilitate the assessment and adoption of Digital Health Technologies in Europe. Read more

IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • Evaluating clinical decision support software (CDSS) – challenges for robust evidence generation. Read more
  • Quantifying Stakeholders’ Preference for Implantable Medical Devices in China: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Read more
  • Response to heterogeneity of Tests and Platforms in economic evaluations: Synthetic model adoption; derivatives of transferable practice. Read more

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