HTAi Review | March 29, 2024

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Program updates for the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting 

Explore the 2024 Workshop Program

The HTAi 2024 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 2024 Annual Meeting Program includes two days of pre-conference Workshops. Led by senior experts and HTA leaders, these Workshops are designed to share innovative experiences and practices, and to provide learning opportunities for participants. 

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 either be included as part of the Annual Meeting registration or attended separately.

Important Upcoming Dates

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

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

WS04 – How To Use The PriTec Tool For Network Prioritization Processes in Health Technology Assessment? 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 9.00AM to 5.00PM 
Presenters: Mrs Maria-Jose Faraldo-Valles, PhD Leonor Varela-Lema, Ms Noemí Raña-Villar, Ms Jutta Knabe Guerra 
Summary: PriTec is an automatically executable multi-criteria web application which enables networked prioritization of health technologies for assessment, monitoring or disinvestment, so that many users can jointly rank technologies. The workshop will approach the rationale behind the functioning and a joint prioritization exercise will be carried out. Besides, its use in the Spanish National Health System will be presented for discussion.

WS06 – Less Classic Roles That Patients And Their Organizations Can Have In HTA and Decision-Making 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 9.00AM to 12.30PM 
Presenters: Mr François Houÿez, Prof Dr Uwe Siebert, Prof Mondher Toumi, Prof Dr Isabelle Huys, Ms Hilde de Keyser 
Summary: Beside the classical roles of patients in HTA (scientific advice, scoping, assessment, sometimes appraisal), this workshop will describe and analyze how patients can accurately horizon scan to detect and prioritize technologies of interest, engage with their developers, generate patient experience data and compare different treatment options, contribute to decisions on early access programs, price discussions and managed-entry agreements. 

WS07 – Using Alternative Metrics To Quantify The Societal Burden Of Disease For Health Technology Assessment Processes 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 9.00AM to 12.30PM 
Presenters: Professor Of Health Economics Zanfina Ademi 
Summary: Traditionally, disability-adjusted life years and quality-adjusted life years have been the primary methods for estimating the burden of disease. Novel health-metric measures capable of more broadly quantifying the societal burden of ill health are needed. The productivity-adjusted life years metric considers the population-level impact of disease on productivity and facilitates the evaluation of costs from the societal perspective. 

WS08 – Assessing The Impact Of HTA As A Cornerstone Of Sustainable Health Systems 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 9.00AM to 12.30PM 
Presenters: Dr Juan Antonio Blasco-Amaro, Dr. Sophie Werkö, Peter Dyrda, MIchal Stanak, Dr. Susan Myles 
Summary: Sustainable health technology assessment (HTA) begins with demonstrating the value and impact of HTA.  Join this interactive workshop facilitated by senior practitioners from agencies that are members of the International Network of Agencies for HTA (INAHTA) to learn about approaches to assessing impact of HTA along with discussion of the challenges and opportunities in this important policy area. 

Meet Our HTAi Annual Meeting Speakers

Get ready for an incredible lineup at the HTAi Annual Meeting Keynote and Plenary sessions! We’ve got top-notch leaders and experts in HTA who guarantee an amazing program. Check out our fantastic speakers below!

Explore the 2024 Agenda!

The HTAi 2024 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.  

Stay up-to-date with the latest agenda details. Check the agenda on the Annual Meeting website regularly for new updates!

New Addition to HTAi’s ‘A Newcomer’s Guide to HTA’

As part of its capacity-building program, HTAi strives to offer guidance to individuals new to Health Technology Assessment (HTA). Referred to here as ‘newcomers to HTA,’ our curated resources aim to navigate the HTA landscape, offering insights ranging from introductory overviews to detailed methods and processes.

The resources are crafted to be easily accessible for newcomers, and they are linked to existing sources such as proceedings, guidelines, scientific articles, and handbooks. While these resources do not offer comprehensive training for the production of an HTA report, they do offer a foundational understanding of HTA, including its tools, methods, and outputs. To excel in the HTA field, newcomers should pursue additional specialized training and consider specific guidelines.

The latest collection  focuses on Economic Evaluation in Health Care, and replicates contents from the Online Certificate Course on Use of HTA in Decision Making, Module 6A – “Health Economics for HTA. Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation” provided by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy.

HTAi is pleased to share that eight collections of A Newcomer’s Guide to HTA are now available on the HTAi website

Registration is OPEN for the HTAi Latin America 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.

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 for the Latin America Regional Meeting is open now! 

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. 

Meet your 2024 Board Election Candidates! 

The 2024 Board of Directors Election provides an opportunity to fulfill one of the most important duties for HTAi members: voting! 

The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction and policies of the organization. As an HTAi member, exercising your right to vote ensures you have a direct say in the leadership and future of the organization. Each member brings a unique perspective, experience, and expertise that is crucial to well-rounded decision-making, leading to a vibrant and involved community. 

Your 2024 Board Election Candidates

Candidates for Treasurer

The HTAi Board of Directors and its Nominating and Election Committee are pleased to introduce the following candidates for Treasurer. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Candidates for Secretary

The HTAi Board of Directors and its Nominating and Election Committee are pleased to introduce the following candidates for Secretary. All candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

The next steps for the Election are as follows:

    • Board Election Opens: The 2024 Board of Directors election will open on April 2, 2024 at 08:00 UTC.
    • Election Process: Our election is facilitated by CES, a trusted third-party electoral service. CES will directly email the election ballots to all members of the Society in good standing. As per HTAi bylaws, only members with up-to-date 2024 membership fees are eligible to vote.
    • Encouragement to Candidates: We encourage candidates to actively campaign and urge their HTAi network to participate in the voting process.
    • Board Election Closes: The 2024 Board of Directors election will close on May 2, 2024 at 23:59 UTC. 
    • Announcement of Results: The election results will be unveiled at the Annual General Meeting of Members. Additionally, they will be posted on the Society’s website and social media platforms. Those elected will assume their positions immediately following the Annual General Meeting in June, with the exact date to be announced later.
    • More Information: For any inquiries regarding Board nominations and elections, please contact us via email at [email protected].

Call for Reviewers: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

IJTAHC is seeking reviewers with expertise in areas within the scope of IJTAHC relating to health technology assessment including systematic review, health economic evaluation, patient/citizen issues and health policy. Participating as an IJTAHC Reviewer is not only beneficial for your career development, it is a great way to contribute to the global HTA community!

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care serves as a forum for the wide range of stakeholders, including policy makers, academics, patients, health technology developers and health professionals interested in the intended and unintended consequences of health technology. Articles on any aspect related to health technology assessment (HTA) are welcomed.

The journal covers the development, evaluation, diffusion and use of health technology, as well as its impact on the organization and management of health care systems and public health. The journal particularly considers articles in the following areas: Evaluation or development of methods, processes, or policies used in HTA; primary research on the effects of implementing HTA or their findings; and novel research within particular HTAs that provides learning for HTA.

We are seeking reviewers with expertise in areas within the scope of IJTAHC relating to any aspect related to health technology assessment.


  • Systematic reviews
  • Health economics/economic evaluation, CBA/CEA/CUA
  • Meta-analysis
  • Modelling
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Decision analysis
  • Patient/citizen issues
  • Personalized medicine
  • Pharmaceutical policy
  • Diagnostics
  • Disinvestment
  • E-health
  • Safety
  • Screening
  • Health outcomes research; health services/systems research
  • Health policy/policy analysis/social policy
  • Horizon scanning, new and emerging technologies
  • Statistics
  • Qualitative methodologies/questionnaires and surveys
  • Preventative medicine/public health/international health
  • Information Retrieval

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer for IJTAHC, please send an email to Wendy Babidge, Editor in Chief, and include short CV outlining areas of expertise relative to the reviewer categories.

A Look Back

HTAi Asia Policy Forum Virtual Session

On March 21, HTAi Asia Policy Forum members gathered for a virtual session on “Embracing Innovation – Transforming Healthcare Delivery with Digital Technologies”. A recording of the session is now available for HTAi members to access on-demand. 

Network News

Joint Webinar from HTAi-PAHO-RedETSA

HTAi has partnered with PAHO and RedETSA to host a webinar on Patients Involvement in HTA. The webinar will take place on April 26, 2024 at 07:00 MDT (UTC-6). Learn more

Meet HTAi’s new team members!
HTAi is pleased to introduce two new team members, Kim LeBlanc and Gabriela Rodriguez. 

Kim will bring her expertise to our team as HTAi’s Bookkeeper, based in Canada.

Gabriela joins our team as the Project Coordinator for Annual Meetings, based in Uruguay. 

SAVE THE DATE: HTA Conference in Kazakhstan

HTAi is pleased to support the Regional Conference of the International Community of Specialists in Health Technology Assessment in Astana, Kazakhstan on April 19-20, 2024. 

The conference aims to promote collaboration in HTA in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and will explore the theme “HTA as a Tool to Determine Priorities for Healthcare Development and Funding”. 

More information is available here.

GetReal Institute Annual Conference
GetReal Institute’s 2024 Annual Conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of May, 2024 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

HTAi member Elena Petelos will represent the HTAi RWE&AI Interest Group at the conference. Learn more

Get to know our HTAi Interest Group Technical Officers!
Please join us in welcoming all of our 2024 Interest Group Technical Officers!

Technical Officers work with Chairs and Steering Committees to support Interest Group activities and projects throughout the year. 

Learn more about HTAi Interest Groups here.

HTA News from Around the World

From Utrecht University: Fifteen partners have come together to create the European SUSTAIN-HTA project, which aims to improve the implementation of innovative methods in HTA practice. Read more

From CADTH: Nominations are now being accepted for 4 prestigious awards for outstanding achievement in the field of HTA in Canada. Nominations close May 10, 2024. Read more

From the UN: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution on the promotion of safe, secure, and trustworthy AI systems that will also benefit sustainable development for all. Read more

From WHO: The WHO is providing technical support for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health to develop HTA in Ethiopia. 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].

School of Pharmacy CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pharmaceutical Policy and Health Services (internal and external) | Waterloo, Canada

The School of Pharmacy in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo is seeking an exceptional scholar and researcher to fill a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with an anticipated earliest start date of January 2025. To be eligible, candidates must identify as a member of a racialized minority. Learn more

IJTAHC Featured Publications

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