HTAi Review | May 11, 2024

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Register 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 is Open! 

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. 

Opportunities to Get Involved

Connect with esteemed global and regional HTA leaders and showcase your commitment to advancing HTA in the Latin America region. HTAi is offering limited partnership opportunities for the Latin America Regional Meeting. These opportunities are going fast, and interested parties only have until June 7, 2024 to claim their spot! Click the button below to secure yours today. 

Now Accepting Expressions of Interest: The HTAi Latin America Policy Forum 

The HTAi Latin America Policy Forum is accepting Expressions of Interest to fill two (2) membership positions available for a for-profit organization.

We welcome Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from for-profit organizational members of HTAi interested in engaging with the best public and private HTA minds exchange, share, innovate,
and strategize the best outcomes for public health in the Latin America region.

The deadline for receipt of EOIs is Friday, May 24, 2024. To learn more, click the button below! 

Join the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting virtually!

Want to join the 2024 Annual Meeting fun, but can’t make it to Seville? We have good news: the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will be offered in-person and online!

The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting offers a distinctive blend of engagement and interaction that caters to both virtual and in-person attendees. Get ready for a whirlwind of cutting-edge scientific discussions, interactive sessions, and unparalleled networking opportunities that transcend geographical boundaries. Virtual attendees will be able to live-stream in-person events, and all attendees will have access to exclusive on-demand presentations throughout the conference. Learn about virtual attendance here

Explore the 2024 Workshop Program

Leading into the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting, senior experts and HTA leaders are offering two days of pre-conference workshops. These half-day and full-day 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 

WS01 – Identifying Patient Subgroups to Facilitate Personalized Policy Decision Making: Hands-On Exercises in Diabetes 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 9.00AM to 5.00PM 
Presenters: Dr. Junfeng Wang, Xinyu Li1, Haoyue Wang 
Summary: In this 6-hour workshop, the presenters will showcase how to identify patients subgroups based on their characteristics and risks, with unsupervised and supervised machine learning techniques. A recent pharmacoeconomic analysis in comparing different strategies of identifying diabetes subgroups and their health economics value will serve as a case study. Participants will gain hands-on experiences in data analysis. 

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. 

WS12 – Assessment of Artificial Intelligence Health Technologies: Methodologies, Tools, Case Studies and Challenges 

Date & Time: Saturday, June 15 | 1.30PM to 5.00PM
Presenters: Janet Bouttell, Geert Frederix, Janneke Grutters, Linne Støme, Marcia Tummers
Summary: Early HTA provides a unique opportunity to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement and co-create healthcare innovations that meet society’s needs. Early HTA aims at steering both the development of and evidence generation on innovative technologies. In this workshop we provide a practical and interactive introduction to state-of-the-art methods to assess (potential) value before clinical evidence is available.

WS15 – Navigating the Living Health Technology Assessment Journey: From Conceptualization to Implementation 

Date & Time: Sunday, June 16 | 9.00AM to 5.00PM 
Presenters: María Ximena Rojas-Reyes 
Summary: The incorporation of the Living Evidence model into HTA development requires guidance, training, and the development of skills among groups accustomed to traditional HTA methods. The LE-IHD project group has developed a comprehensive strategy for building capacity for this purpose among HTA-developers. This workshop provides an opportunity to delve in-depth into the approach with practical examples and hands-on support tools. 

WS23 – The Design Of Health Technology Assessment Processes Using Evidence-Informed Deliberative Processes In Low And Middle Income Countries 

Date & Time: Sunday, June 16 | 1.30PM to 5.00PM 
Presenters: Dr Wija Oortwijn, Dr. Maryam Huda, Dr Lyazzat Kosherbayeva 
Summary: On their path towards universal health coverage, governments need to make choices in the design of HTA processes which may be challenging in countries that have limited experience with HTA. This workshop provides practical guidance on how to make these choices, informed by the theory of evidence-informed deliberative processes (EDPs), international best practices and practical examples from several middle-income countries.

Presenting at the 2024 Annual Meeting? Here’s what you need to know. 

Get ahead of the game! Instructions for presenting at the HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting are now available. Head over to the Annual Meeting site to ensure you’re ready to showcase your work with a global audience of HTA leaders. Instructions are available for in-person and pre-recorded presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about attending or presenting at the 2024 Annual Meeting? Let us help you find the answers you need: check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page! From logistics to entry requirements, our FAQ page will point you in the right direction.

If your question isn’t among those listed, you can always email us at [email protected] and the Annual Meeting team will get back to you promptly. 

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

HTAi/PAHO/RedETSA Webinar

On April 26, HTAi, PAHO, RedETSA hosted a joint webinar on Patient Involvement in HTA. Thank you to the many HTAi members and collaborators who joined us live.

Health Policy Forum from Italian Society for HTA (SIHTA)

On April 4, HTA stakeholders gathered in Rome, Italy for the Health Policy Forum organized by the Italian Society for Health Technology Assessment (SIHTA). This event marked the beginning of the 2024 series, with a follow-up two-day session scheduled for the end of June. 

Key takeaways:

  • Annual Tradition: The Health Policy Forum, an annual gathering spearheaded by SIHTA, draws inspiration from the Policy Forum HTAi events. Its primary goal is to convene key stakeholders—ranging from institutions and researchers to patient representatives and payers—in the field of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to deliberate on various pertinent topics. 
  • 2024 Focus: This year’s theme, “European HTA Regulation: What Development for HTA in Italy?” underscores the evolving landscape of HTA regulation within Europe and its implications for the Italian healthcare system. 
  • Growing Participation: Approximately 50 to 60 stakeholders actively participated in the discussions during this inaugural meeting. The increased engagement reflects the escalating importance of HTA, transitioning from a niche concern to a central pillar of healthcare deliberations both nationally and across Europe.
  • Capacity Building and Collaboration: Over the years, events like these have facilitated the growth of an HTA community, fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration among experts and stakeholders at local, national, and international levels. 
  • Policy Insights: The forum delved into key policy areas, including the European Regulation on HTA and the Italian National Program on HTA for medical devices. Emphasis was placed on the significance of forging partnerships with stakeholders at both national and international levels. 
  • Role of Scientific Societies: Discussions highlighted the pivotal role of scientific societies in shaping governance models for drugs and medical devices. Collaboration with diverse stakeholders such as health economists, epidemiologists, pharmacists, and biomedical engineers was underscored as essential for informed decision-making. 
  • Reflecting on the event, it’s evident that fostering greater involvement from the Italian community in HTAi activities is paramount. Many attendees expressed interest in participating in the upcoming HTAi Annual Meeting in Seville, indicating a growing appetite for international engagement. Furthermore, conversations with representatives from SIHTA revealed enthusiasm for the collaboration between HTAi and SIHTA, affirming their commitment to deeper involvement in HTAi initiatives. 

Network News

GetReal Institute Annual Conference

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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

HTA News from Around the World

From PAHO: PAHO supports Guyana on strengthening legal and regulatory for local production and access to health technologies. Read more

From Australia: An extension was granted for the final report from the HTA review in Australia. The report will now be available after May 4. Read more

From the UK: NICE and MHRA release update on pioneering initiative on regulation and evaluation of digital mental health technologies. Read more

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