HTAi Review | October 20, 2023

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HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Workshop and Panel Abstract Submissions Close Soon!

The HTAi Annual Meeting is a key international gathering for sharing cutting-edge research, advancing discussions in policy and methods, and building global networks. The HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting will unite the global HTA community for dynamic discussions and debates on the future of health technology assessment worldwide. Focused on the central theme, “A Turning Point for HTA? Sustainability, Networks, and Innovation,” this year’s Annual Meeting promises to be a pivotal moment in shaping the course of healthcare assessment practices.

HTAi 2024 Annual Meeting Abstract submissions are open for all presentation categories. Be sure to act fast; some deadlines are quickly approaching!

  • Workshop and Panel abstract submissions close on October 25, 2023 at 23:59 MDT (UTC -6).
  • Oral and Poster abstract submissions are open until December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7)

Abstract submission guidelines are available on the 2024 Annual Meeting website. Annual Meeting abstracts undergo a meticulous review process to maintain the elevated standard of presentations to which our attendees have grown accustomed. The 2024 submission guidelines have changed. Please carefully and thoroughly read the updated guidelines to maximize your abstract’s potential for success.

Before submitting, get to know the 2024 Annual Meeting main theme and plenary themes

Participation Grants Submissions Are Open! 

HTAi offers Participation Grants (former Travel Grants) to support 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 benefitting from participation in the global HTA community. These grants are funded directly by HTAi and in some cases, are sponsored by external parties on an unconditional basis.

Participation Grant application submissions are open now. Please carefully and thoroughly read the 2024 Participation Grant submission guidelines before submitting your application. Please note:  Participation Grant submissions close December 7, 2023 at 23:59 MST (UTC -7)

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! 

If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity for your organization or an organization you know, please contact the Annual Meeting team

Updates on Candidate Search for HTAi Executive Director

HTAi has partnered with recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson to conduct a candidate search for HTAi’s next Executive Director. Keep your eyes on HTAi’s social media channels this week as the employment opportunity listing goes live! If you know the perfect candidate, please direct your recommendation to our Odgers Berndtson representative. 

The HTAi Asia Policy Forum heads to Taipei, Taiwan

The HTAi 2023 Asia Policy Forum will take place November 1-3, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan. Conversations will center around the meeting’s theme, “Being Bold: How HTA can Foster Innovation in the Asia Region.”

Information on the Asia Policy Forum, as well as past background papers and published articles, are available via the link below. 


Realize the Full Potential of HTAi Membership

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, providing a platform for growth and influence in the HTA community. HTAi members can actively participate in specialized interest groups, expanding networks among HTA experts. These groups offer opportunities to work on projects that align precisely with individual areas of interest, creating valuable connections and opportunities for professional development.

HTAi membership also brings complimentary access to the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, a valuable resource for staying informed about the latest research and developments in HTA. Moreover, members enjoy access to a wealth of high-quality resources, engaging webinars, and full access to the HTAi Educational Offers Database to stay at the forefront of this dynamic field.

HTAi memberships are valid January – December each year, which means membership renewal season is almost upon us. Organizational members wishing to use their 2023 budget to renew HTAi memberships for 2024 may do so by contacting [email protected]

Individual members will begin receiving renewal notices before the end of 2023. 

HTAi Awards Celebrating Excellence in HTA: The David Banta and Sigrid Droste Awards

HTAi Awards recognize individuals who have made important and lasting impacts to the field of HTA over the course of their career. Nominations for two Awards open November 1, 2023.

The David Banta Award

The David Banta Distinguished Career Award was established in 2012 And is named after its inaugural winner, Mr. David Banta. David Banta had a truly significant impact on the establishment and development of health technology assessment (HTA). Under his leadership, from 1975 to 1982, the Health Program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) played a leading role in establishing the highly influential field and methods of HTA. 

These projects were instrumental in establishing a formal basis for HTA collaboration in Europe and a spirit of cooperation that has endured into the present. In addition, David Banta was one of the founders of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care, HTAi’s predecessor Society. He edited the HTAi’s newsletter for more than 10 years, participated in establishing HTAi, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

The David Banta Award recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding and lasting contributions over their careers (over 25 years) in advancing the development and use of HTA internationally (in over 5 countries).

Recipients have demonstrated significant dedication to and impact on the field of HTA at the international level, including outstanding contributions to the science and methodology of HTA and leadership in the advancement of the production and use of HTA to support evidence-informed decisions making in health systems. These individuals have also been extensively involved in the work of HTAi.

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award was established in memory of Sigrid Droste. Sigrid came from an initial background in Medical Geography and Cartography and found her way through medical information retrieval to Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

Being chronically ill herself, the problems of translating evidence into everyday patient care were her daily necessity. This led to her main interest in the ethics of HTA, where she achieved a high level of expertise. In her last 13 years, Sigrid worked as a senior research associate at the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), the German HTA body.

The Sigrid Droste Ethics Award recognizes Society members in good standing who are making or have made important contributions in ethics in HTA. 

Due to the significance of these awards, they will only be given in years when a suitable nominee(s) fulfills the Award’s eligibility criteria and is nominated by an HTAi member in good standing.

Nomination submission for the Sigrid Droste Award and David Banta Award will open November 1, 2023, and close December 15, 2023. 

A Look Back

Panel Session Report on Rare Disorders and Patient Reported Outcomes

Held during the HTAi 2023 Annual Meeting in Adelaide, Australia, the panel session titled “Rare Disorders – Is the Lack of Effect in a Patient-Reported Outcome, Reflecting no Benefit?” reviewed the importance of measuring quality of life in rare diseases, and the potential and challenges of using patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

The report of the HTAi 2023 Panel on Use of PROs in Rare Diseases is available here.

One Year Ago: HTAi Baku Regional Meeting

On October 17-20, 2023, HTAi hosted a Regional Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, October 17-20, 2022, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan. The topic for this meeting was ‘Integrating HTA into Health Care Reform.’ This open session featured internationally renowned experts in HTA, as well as experts from Azerbaijan. 

A meeting summary is now available on the HTAi website. 

HTAi attends WHO Europe’s Novel Medicines Platform Meeting

On October 12-13, 2023, WHO Europe’s Novel Medicines Platform convened its first working group meeting in Prague, Czechia. The theme of the working group is solidarity, and it focuses on: 

  • a feasibility exercise to explore the scale-up of existing voluntary efforts to pool demand and support the joint purchasing of novel, cost–effective medicines; and
  • collaboration for the accrual, evaluation and use of evidence of clinical and economic value across the life cycle of novel, cost–effective medicines.

The working group is Chaired by Jakub Dvořáček, Deputy Minister of Health in Czechia. HTAi Board Director Wim Goettsch attended the working group meeting on behalf of HTAi.  Learn More

WHO Europe Novel Medicines Platform Working Group Two Members

Network News

Patient Involvement in HTA Book Opportunity
Can you write a chapter about social media analysis and AI to elicit patients’ perspectives for the revised edition of the book on Patient Involvement in HTA? If so, contact [email protected] for more details. Deadline for abstracts 10 November 2023. Deadline for full chapter 5 April 2024. 

HTA News from Around the World

From the European Commission: European Commission has released a fact sheet on the implementation of HTA regulations: Read more

From the WHO: World Health Organization has released a Health Workforce Education Technology Assessment background research report that is derived from and based on the principles of HTA. Read more

From PAHO: 22 countries from the Americas region are participating in the 11th Regional Meeting on Medical Device Regulation, to strengthen the medical devices regulatory capacity of the National Regulatory Authorities in the region. Read more

From ISPOR: ISPOR’s latest monthly publication explores preparing the next generation of HTA professionals. 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].

Project Coordinator, Annual Meetings (remote, full time)
HTAi is seeking a self-motivated, organized individual to coordinate all aspects of the Annual Meeting. The successful candidate must be able to support and collaborate across multiple teams in multiple countries and demonstrate fluency in English and Spanish. This is a 21-month contract position.  Apply now

Coordinator, Events (remote, full time)
HTAi is looking for an organized, detail-oriented Event Planning professional for an Events Coordinator position to cover a 4-month leave. If this describes you or someone you know, check out the description below.  Apply now


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