HTAi Review | September 8, 2023

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Apply to be the next Financial Secretary for PCIG!

Do you have a knack for numbers and an interest in making a meaningful impact?

The HTAi Patient and Citizen Involvement in HTA Interest Group (PCIG) is inviting qualified candidates to submit Expressions of Interest for the role of Financial Secretary.

PCIG brings together patients and citizens with staff from HTA bodies, government, research, industry (health technology developers) and consultancy to strengthen HTA with the systematic incorporation of patient and citizen perspectives.

About the Role

The Financial Secretary is responsible for financial issues such as raising funds and managing budgets for meetings. The successful candidate will work with the PCIG Steering Committee to:

  • Attract sponsorship to support patient attendance at each annual meeting
  • Liaise with HTAi Secretariat Finance to manage budgets responsibly
  • Raise funds for other meetings and activities as required
  • Serve on the Steering Committee as a representative of the biopharma industry

Term

3 years, voluntary

Criteria

To be considered for the role, candidates must fulfill the following:

  • Be a member of HTAi in good standing
  • Knowledge or experience of raising funds for a not for profit
  • Able to demonstrate active participation in the field of patient or citizen involvement in health technology assessment
  • Able to meet the expectations of Steering Committee membership as set out in the Terms of References, e.g. commit to take an active role in driving the work of the Interest Group and providing practical assistance to activities undertaken by the group as appropriate and complete a three-year term.

How to apply

Submit an Expression of Interest (no more than 200 words) addressing the above criteria and a Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages) by September 12 to the PCIG Technical Office, [email protected].

Get Involved: become the next Technical Officer for PHIG or ECN

Are you new to HTA? Are you interested in connecting with the global HTA community and in learning more about the activities and discussions of one of the HTAi Interest Groups (IG)? 

The Early Career Network IG and the Public Health IG are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals who are willing to provide one to two days per month to support their Co-Chairs and Steering Committee as a Technical Officer (TO), from now to December 2023 (subject to a positive evaluation by the IG Chairs, the contract may be extended for additional 12 months). One position is available for each IG. 

Examples of responsibilities include defining agendas, setting calls and taking minutes, writing reports, supporting project work and scientific papers, drafting press releases and other similar activities. 

About the IGs 

Early Career Network

The Early Career Network Interest Group (ECN IG) was established in 2011 to help young professionals or those new to the field of HTA to share resources, methods, and information, build expertise, and develop contacts, aiming to enrich professional development and promote awareness of HTA and international developments.

Public Health

The HTAi Public Health Interest Group (PHIG) was established in 2019 for those members who are involved or interested in public health. The PHIG aims to raise awareness on the importance of HTA to evaluate public health and lifestyle-oriented interventions for preserving and/or ensuring sustainable healthcare and social infrastructures.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the HTAi Technical Officer Application Form and your CV to [email protected] by Friday, September 15th 2023. 

Your application will be reviewed by the IG Chairs who may ask the potential applicants to have an interview. Successful candidates will be notified by the Secretariat at the end of the selection  process.

Please note that you must be an HTAi member in good standing to apply for this position. Applications from non-members will be rejected. If you don’t have an active membership for 2023, you can renew it here

Meet our new Global Policy Forum Chair

HTAi is pleased to announce the appointment of Meindert Boysen as the Global Policy Chair for the 2025-2027 term. The Global Policy Forum serves as a pivotal platform for knowledge exchange, collaborative discussions, and policy shaping in the field of Health Technology Assessment (HTA), and the Chair plays a pivotal role in both the structure and direction of the Forum. The Forum membership is drawn from for-profit and not-for-profit organisations broadly operating in the field of HTA.

To ensure a seamless transition, Meindert will be working closely with the current Chair, Dan Ollendorf, until the end of his term in July 2024. With his impressive qualifications and extensive background, Meindert is well-positioned to continue the vital work of the Global Policy Chair.

Meindert’s dedication to advancing HTA is evident through his work. As Head of International Affairs at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Meindert is responsible for international partnership working, developing NICE’s role in international fora and representing NICE at key international meetings. Until recently, Meindert was the director at NICE responsible for delivery of the programmes that form the centre for health technology evaluation, including the technology appraisals, highly specialised technologies, medical technologies evaluation, diagnostic assessment and interventional procedures programmes. Meindert also serves as Chair for HTAi’s Lifecycle HTA Taskforce, and chairs one of the three working groups for the Access to Novel Medicines Platform for WHO Europe. Meindert will be taking up the role in a personal capacity.

Please join HTAi in welcoming Meindert Boysen as the next HTAi Global Policy Forum Chair.

Help Shape HTAi’s Scientific Direction!

The Scientific Development and Capacity Building (SDCB) Committee plays a pivotal role in shaping HTAi’s scientific direction and expanding HTA capacity worldwide. 

Among its main responsibilities, the Committee:
  • Sets priorities and carries out the strategic direction for advancing scientific development and capacity building
  • Participates in a peer review process of applications received by HTAi for endorsement
  • Considers potential models for online materials, resources and other capacity building tools and toolkits
  • Establishes potential collaborative partnerships along various projects undertaken by HTAi
  • Conducts the evaluation of the applications for the HTAi Scholarship Program
  • Conducts the evaluation for the Egon Jonsson Award and the Sigrid Droste Ethics Award

At this time, The SDCB Committee has opened a call for Expressions of Interest to fill one (1) vacancy on the committee. Members who wish to submit their Expression of Interest are asked to fill out this application form and return it by September 19, 2023.

Apply for the Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship!

The Jill Sanders Memorial scholarship is offered in memory of Dr. Jill Sanders, former Vice President of HTAi and President and CEO of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.  

Dr. Sanders was a long-time champion of international collaboration in Health Technology Assessment (HTA). She was deeply committed to building HTA capacity in developing countries and to mentoring students and professionals. The Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship provides funding for individuals residing in African countries to further their knowledge of HTA. The program objective is to have a positive impact on HTA capacity in African countries through developing professional HTA capacity. 

The Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Jill Sanders Memorial Scholarship provides funding support for individuals studying or working in the healthcare field in African countries to advance their knowledge and skills directly related to health technology assessment (HTA).  

By providing financial assistance to complete education programs or training in health technology assessment for the purpose of applying their knowledge and skills in their country of origin, HTAi advances its mission of promoting the development, communication, understanding, and use of HTA around the world. 

A total of $20,000 CAD is available for the HTAi Educational Scholarship program each fiscal year. Scholarship applications are due October 15 of each year (unless otherwise specified).

Reviewers Wanted: The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC) serves as a forum for the wide range of health policy makers and professionals interested in the economic, social, ethical, medical and public health implications of health technology. It 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. In addition to general essays and research reports, regular columns on technology assessment reports and thematic sections are published.

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!

Reviewer categories include:

  • 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

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

HTAsiaLink 2023

HTAsiaLink Members came together in Malaysia on September 4-7 for the 2023 HTAsiaLink Conference to discuss the future landscape of health technology assessment. While the conference is only open to HTAsiaLink members, pre-conference presentations are open to all interest parties. Gavin Surgey, Health Economist at Radbound University Medical Centre, represented HTAi in the preconference presentation, Navigating HTA Guidelines Development. The presentation is part of the HTA Guideline Development Project. 

Network News

MDIG Webinar
On September 20, 2023, join the HTAi Medical Devices Interest Group for its latest webinar, HTA in Robotic Surgery. Building on the results of a recent research study into HTA best practices for Robotic-Assisted Surgery, this webinar will present and open discussion about the challenges in assessing a rapidly developing technology. We will explore how HTAs can guide decision-making and policy discussions and consider the future of robotic surgery and related digital technologies. How can HTAs be ready? Learn more

i-HTS Autumn Scientific Meeting in Newcastle 2023
HTAi is attending the i-HTS Autumn Scientific Meeting, themed “Future Signals – the value of intelligence and insights.” The meeting will take place September 26-27, 2023 in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Learn more

CADTH Lecture Series
The CADTH Lecture Series is back. Join CADTH for “Reimagining  HTA” with Brian O’Rourke, recipient of CADTH’s Dr. Jill M. Sanders Award of Excellence in HTA. The webinar will be held Sept 27, 2023 at 13:00-14:00 EDT (UTC-4). Learn more

Priorities 2024 Conference
Submissions for the 2024 Priorities Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by HiTAP and the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, are now open for Organized Sessions, Workshops, Oral, and Poster presentations. Learn more

HTA News from Around the World

From Australia: The Department of Health and Aged Care is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced individuals who would like to be considered for upcoming vacancies on national health technology assessment (HTA) committees and associated subcommittees. The Deadline to submit an expression of interest is Friday, September 15, 2023. Read more

From India: The Department of Community Medicine, Armed Forces Medical College Pune hosted a two-day workshop, sparking excitement within the area. The workshop is offering training and insights into HTA and its pivotal role in shaping foundations of the healthcare sector on a global scale as well as within India’s healthcare landscape. 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].

PhD Opportunity:  Economic burden of cardiometabolic diseases and evaluations of novel preventive strategies for their complications | The Australian Centre for Accelerating Diabetes Innovations (ACADI), the Health Economics Unit at the University of Melbourne, and the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford; funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). Learn more

IJTAHC Featured Publications

  • An evaluation of managed access agreements in England based on stakeholder experience. Read more
  • HTA capacity building in Asia: towards one goal. Read more
  • Patient and citizen participation at the organizational level in health technology assessment: an exploratory study in five jurisdictions. Read more

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