HTAi Review | June 26, 2024

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Breaking News 

Register to join us in Cartagena, Colombia, for the HTAi Latin America Regional Meeting !

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.

The Latin America Regional Meeting is open to all stakeholders and will explore the topic “From Policy to Practice, HTA’s Role in Improving Health Systems.” Attendees can expect insights from internationally renowned HTA experts, as well as senior and regional leaders shaping Latin America’s HTA landscape.

Registration closes July 19!

Registration is open to all interested participants, regardless of HTAi membership status. However, we encourage you to register early— seats are limited and registration will close July 19, 2024. 


Introducing your 2024-2025 HTAi Board of Directors

The results of the 2024 Board Elections were announced at the HTAi Annual General Meeting of Members (AGM) on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Please join HTAi in welcoming HTAi’s newest Board members!

  • David Elvira-Martinez (France),  Treasurer
  • Anke-Peggy Holtorf (Switzerland), Secretary

Thank you to our outgoing Board members, Americo Cicchetti (Treasurer 2021-24) and Jo Carol Hiatt (Secretary 2021-24), who have completed their terms. Their support and dedication is recognized and appreciated by HTAi, and will surely leave a lasting impact on the future of the organization! 

Save the Date: HTAi 2025 Annual Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ready for more?! The HTAi 2025 Annual Meeting will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 14-18, 2025! Mark your calendars and save the date to join us for five days of knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and networking!

The 2025 Annual Meeting will discuss topics related to the central theme, NextGen Evidence: Diversifying and Advancing HTA to Meet Global Demands.

About the HTAi 2025 Annual Meeting Theme:

Next Generation (NextGen) Evidence embodies a transformative shift in how we generate, analyze, interpret, and utilize evidence in HTA. It embraces a spectrum of solutions, from high-tech to low-tech, reflecting the evolving global perspectives and capacities needed to meet diverse healthcare demands. This type of evidence expands the scope of HTA to encompass greater dimensions of health technology impact, innovative trial designs, non-traditional data sources, equity considerations, environmental factors, advanced artificial intelligence (AI) tools, and adaptive HTA methods.

Leveraging AI and digital technology advances like machine learning, HTA can process diverse real-world data sets more efficiently, providing richer evidence for decision-making. Adaptive HTA optimizes the process by adjusting for factors such as data availability and analytical time, enhancing its responsiveness and utility across different contexts and technological maturity levels.

Additionally, NextGen Evidence underscores the importance of inclusivity and diversity in evidence generation, aiming to capture a wide range of perspectives from patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the public. Trust is foundational, necessitating transparent methods understandable to stakeholders, while countering misinformation with honest communication and responsible AI usage.

As we step into a new era of HTA, NextGen Evidence represents a significant advancement in HTA, incorporating advanced technologies, adaptive methodologies, and a broader scope of impacts, including equity and environmental considerations. Its goal is to provide comprehensive, timely, and relevant evidence to support fairer healthcare decisions globally.

Click the button below to learn more about the theme!

Phishing Attacks and Cyber Security

HTAi would like to remind you to be cautious of any emails or phishing attempts that falsely claim to be from HTAi Board and Secretariat members. These deceptive emails may request sensitive information, involve unusual requests, or originate from questionable email addresses. Please be advised that our organization will never solicit sensitive information or initiate any unusual requests via email outside of our official communication channels. Official communication channels can include the following: 
      • HTAi branded emails from official HTAi email accounts
      • Direct messages from our membership and events platform, EventsAir  
      • Direct messages in our Annual Meeting event app  
Stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to ensure your online safety 
If you receive any suspicious emails that claim to be from HTAi Board members or the Secretariat, we kindly request that you mark them as spam and refrain from responding or providing any information. If you are unsure whether or not an email is suspicious, please capture a screenshot of the email and send the image to [email protected] to verify its authenticity. For further support on identifying and blocking fraudulent emails or phishing attempts, please consult your email service provider and/or the links below.

Our priority is to ensure the safety and security of our organization and its members. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain the integrity of our communication channels. 

A Look Back

The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting

Thank you for a successful Annual Meeting!

The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting was held in Seville, Spain, June 15-19. Over 1,000 delegates attended the 5-day event in-person and online. The Annual Meeting included two days of pre-conference workshops and three days of conference presentations.

Thank you to all of our Annual Meeting delegates who joined us for all five days of incredible presentations and energetic collaboration. Your participation is what makes the HTAi Annual Meeting a hallmark event in the global HTA community!

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all of the spectacular Annual Meeting Speakers, whose insight and expertise sparked conversations and ideas throughout the conference. These ideas and conversations are integral to shaping the future of HTA around the world!

A special thank-you goes to all of the 2024 Annual Meeting volunteers and local organizing groups, whose dedication helps make the Annual Meeting such a fantastic event. Between reviewing abstract submissions, bridging connections, and providing on-site assistance, Annual Meeting volunteers put countless hours into supporting the Annual Meeting behind the scenes. 

And finally, thank you to all of our Annual Meeting Sponsors. A conference of this magnitude would not be possible without your steadfast support, and HTAi is grateful to have worked with you throughout the past year. 

Check out our 2024 Annual Meeting recap, below!

Congratulations HTAi Award Recipients!

We are delighted to extend our congratulations to all the outstanding award recipients celebrated at the HTAi Annual Meeting. 

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC) Awards

    • Egon Jonsson Award:  Ferrante di Ruffano L, Harris IM, Zhelev Z, Davenport C, Mallett S, Peters J, Takwoingi Y, Deeks J, Hyde C (2023). Health technology assessment of diagnostic tests: a state of the art review of methods guidance from international organizations. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 39(1), e14, 1–13.
    • Best Reviewer Award: Presented to Durhane Wong-Reiger for her exceptional peer review work.
      • Special Recognition of Editorial Board Members: Ken Bond, Clifford Goodman
    • Sigrid Droste Ethics Award: Presented to Lars Sandman for his exemplary work in ethics within health technology assessment.

HTAi Educational Scholarship Award

Recognizes individuals demonstrating outstanding potential and dedication to HTA through their educational endeavors.

    • 2024 Winners: Emad Almomani (Jordan) and Pempa (Bhutan).
    • 2023 Winners: Erni Zurina Romli (Malaysia), Rodrigue Ndabashinze (Burundi), and Muday Beneberu (Ethiopia)

HTAi Annual Meeting Presentation Awards

    • Best Oral Presentation: Awarded to Joan Segur-Ferrer for showcasing innovative research and findings in HTA.
    • Best Student Oral Presentation: Awarded to Dina Abushanab for her significant contributions as a student in the HTA field.
    • Best Poster: Awarded to Schezn Lim for her visually engaging and informative poster presentation.
    • Best Student Poster: Awarded to Anna Kearney for her remarkable research poster.

Learn more about HTAi Awards

Network News

SIHTA & HTAi Forge Global Healthcare Collaboration!

Exciting news in healthcare collaboration: SIHTA and HTAi have joined forces, offering SIHTA members a partial refund on HTAi membership fees. This partnership unlocks a world of opportunities for members to engage internationally in healthcare technology assessment. Reach out to [email protected] to learn more.

Rare Diseases Interest Group Annual Meeting

The Rare Diseases Interest Group invites HTAi members to register to attend the RDIG Annual Meeting on July 18, at 13:00 CEST (UTC +2). Register here

Update from the HTAi Public Health Interest Group

The HTAi Public Health Interest Group shares the following update from its Chairs and TO.

After the renewal of the Public Health Interest Group (PH-IG) in 2023, now under the dynamic leadership of the co-chairs Chiara de Waure and Lucinda Gabriel, the PHIG team is ready to tackle some of the most pressing issues in public health with fresh energy.

The PH-IG is a hub of diverse skills and perspectives: our members have backgrounds in economics, pharmacy, medicine and epidemiology, among others, and are employed across academia, non-profits, industry, health authorities, and health providers. The large geographical and professional diversity fosters a rich exchange of ideas, strengthening our collective expertise in HTA, public health, health economics, digital health, policy, stakeholders’ and patients’ engagement.

The PH-IG is eager to commence its new activities. We have identified two crucial areas in public health that will be our primary focus for the upcoming months: health promotion and disease prevention, and health equity. These topics have been selected based on a survey conducted among all PH-IG members in February. To tackle these issues, we have formed two dedicated working groups, with the first meetings scheduled for early July.

Stay tuned for updates on our progress. We welcome suggestions or proposals of collaboration by members of other IGs, as well. Together, we can make a significant impact on public health, driving forward positive change for all. Learn more about the PH-IG

HTA News from Around the World

From WHO: The World Health Organization has issued a call for public consultation on health technology assessment of medical devices, second edition. Read more

From EDiHTA: EDiHTA has released the first issue of its newsletter.  Read more

From OHE: The Office of Health Economics continues its examination of HTA around the world, with a look at the United States. Read more

From the EU:  The European Commission launched an online public consultation on cooperation with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) under the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulation. Consultation is open until July 24. Read more

From HTW: Health Technology Wales has released a publication of new guidance on the use of AI-assisted endoscopy. Read more

From Med News: Med News reporter Megan Brodie shares reaction, interviews from HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting. 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

  • Can requests for real-world evidence by the French HTA body be planned? An exhaustive retrospective case-control study of medicinal products appraisals from 2016 to 2021. Read more
  • An operationalization framework for lifecycle HTA. Read more
  • A systematic review on the appropriate discounting rates for the economic evaluation of gene therapies: whether a specific approach is justified to tackle the challenges? Read more

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