HTAi Review | January 19, 2024

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News from the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Registration is OPEN!

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 

Meet Our Speakers

Get to know our dynamic speakers for the 2024 Annual Meeting! Engage with thought leaders as our expert panels delve into critical issues shaping the future of HTA and examine the topics that matter to the future of HTA, including:

  • common challenges currently faced by health authorities in both developed and developing healthcare systems, what these systems need from HTA, and what HTA needs to be able to effectively respond;
  • the role and potential of global networks in fostering innovation and collaboration in HTA, and the pivotal role they play in shaping HTA methodologies and outcomes;
  • the complexities new technologies introduce to health systems and their impact on stakeholders such as HTA practitioners and decision-makers tasked with equitable patient care.

Elevate your understanding with our distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Rifat Atun, Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Health Systems Innovation Lab. Dr. Atun’s vast experience includes advising governments worldwide on health system reforms and serving as a consultant/advisor to esteemed organizations such as the World Bank, WHO, and leading health and technology companies. Join us for an enlightening exploration of the forefront of HTA and healthcare innovation.

Travel and Accommodation

The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in Seville, Spain, at the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento hotel. The hotel has been specially designed for holding professional events thanks to its magnificent on-site conference facilities, the Sevilla International Convention Center, and its 295 spacious and bright, newly-renovated rooms.

Need some information on traveling to Seville? Visit the Annual Meeting website for entry requirements, health alerts, and things to do in our host city. 

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

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].

Board Nominations Opening February 8!

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.

On February 8, 2024, the HTAi Board of Directors and its Nominating Committee will open nominations for members in good standing to fill the following positions and terms: 

    • One (1) Treasurer position, with a total commitment of three (3) years; this position requires business acumen, MBA or accounting designation 
    • One (1) Secretary position, with a total commitment of three (3) years; this position requires fluency in the English language, understanding of meeting procedures and experience with corporate minutes requirements.

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.

Updates from the HTAi Policy Fora 

Global Policy Forum

The HTAi 2024 Global Policy Forum will take place January 27-29,2024, in San Diego, USA. The meeting will centre around the 2024 Background Paper, “Designing Collaborations Involving HTA: Finding The Rhythm for Success”. Read the background paper here

The HTAi Global Policy Forum provides a unique  environment for senior representatives from public and private sector organizations to engage in strategic discussions about the present state of HTA, its development and its implications for health care systems, industry, patients and other stakeholders. The Forum’s environment enables perspectives of their different organizations without the constraints associated with discussions of specific products or organizational policies. Learn more about the Global Policy Forum here.

Asia Policy Forum

The 2024 Asia Policy Forum is taking place November 6-8, 2024 in Seoul, South Korea. Discussions will include the topic, “Collaboration: Building Bridges in HTA”.

The Asia Policy Forum echoes that of the HTAi Global Policy Forum and provides a unique opportunity as a leadership meeting for senior representatives from public and private sector organizations using HTA from the Asia Pacific region. Learn more about the Asia Policy Forum here

Latin America Policy Forum 

The 2024 Latin America Policy Forum will take place August 11-13, 2024, in Cartagena, Colombia. Discussions will revolve around the central theme, “Navigating the Future: Horizon Scanning and Early Dialogue in HTA”.

The Latin America Policy Forum format echoes that of the HTAi Global Policy Forum and Asia Policy Forum, providing a unique opportunity for senior HTA representatives from public and private sector organizations in the Latin America region to meet annually. Learn more about the Latin America Policy Forum here.

A Look Back

Thank you to our 2023 Interest Group Technical Officers! 

Thank you to the 2023 HTAi Interest Group Technical Officers for their outstanding support to our Interest Group Chairs, Vice Chairs, Steering Committees, and the initiatives they coordinate throughout the year. 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. Learn more about Interest Groups here

Visit our Network News section to join us in welcoming the 2024 Interest Group Technical Officers!

HTAi Webinar on Ethical Analyses in HTA Agencies

Thank you to the many HTAi members and collaborators who joined us on January 17 to discuss Ethical Analyses in HTA Agencies, hosted and organized by the HTAi Ethics Interest Group. Watch the Recording 

Network News

NIHR hosting event on Horizon Scanning
NIHR Innovation Observatory invites you to join an in-person event on the 15th of February, at the wonderful Catalyst building at the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, for an evening exploring the role of horizon scanning in healthcare. You’ll have a chance to chat with some of the leading minds in horizon scanning research about how and why we horizon scan for medical innovations, as well as guests from industry to discuss how our research can and has supported them. 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 Canada: The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health will become the Canadian Drug Agency, as announced by Canada’s Federal Government in December 2023. Read more

From the EU Commission: EU4Health has opened a call to build capacity and knowledge for the implementation of the EU Health Technology Assessment Regulation (HTAR). Read more

From WHO: A recent WHO Workshop addresses HTA challenges in African countries. Read more

From Italy: AGENAS establishes the Register of HTA Collaborative Centers to collaborate in the National HTA Program of Medical Devices 2023-2025 (PNHTA). Read more

From Decide: Decide Health Decision Hub says goodbye. 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

  • The NHS Urgent Cancer Referral Pathway for suspected urological cancers: early economic evaluation of a risk prediction test.  Read more
  • Response to uncertainty management in regulatory and health technology assessment decision-making on drugs: guidance of the HTAi-DIA Working Group – author’s reply. Read more
  • Using automated text classification to explore uncertainty in NICE appraisals for drugs for rare diseases. Read more

Important Upcoming Dates

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2024 Global Policy Forum

San Diego, USA San Diego, CA

HTAi Policy Forums provide the opportunity to interact and network with various stakeholders on a one-on-one basis, have open group discussions around relevant and pertinent topics, and have direct impact …

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