Information Retrieval

The HTAi Information Retrieval Group (IRG) is an Interest Group for individuals who provide the information resources, conduct research, and develop information management issues that support HTA decision making.

Members of the IRG are staff members of HTA organizations, government departments and agencies, for profit and not for profit firms, consultants and experts, and all those who use, provide, or otherwise support HTA information needs.

The IRG was established in 1997 as a Special Interest Group of ISTAHC, and has continued as an Interest Group of HTAi since the launch of HTAi in 2003. The IRG has around 150 members working in a wide variety of capacities to support informed decision HTA decision making.

Activities

The IRIG is active in developing, collaborating on, and promoting information retrieval methods and technologies appropriate to HTA. Activities include

  • developing and maintaining the HTAi Vortal, a web-based source of HTA information available to anyone;
  • leading full-day workshops, panel sessions and educational courses at HTAi’s Annual Meetings; and,
  • exchanging information and sharing expertise for advancing processes, methodology and tools.

Executive Team

Chair: Dr. Siw Waffenschmidt (Germany), 2017-2019
Co-Elect: Ingrid Harboe (Norway), 2017-2019, Former Chair (2015-2017)

Technical Officer: Tom Macmillan (United Kingdom)

David Kaunelis (Canada), 2017-2019, Former Chair (2013-2015)
Lisa Tjosvold (Canada), 2017-2019

Past Chairmanship

Jaana Isojrvi (Finland), Chair-Elect (2015-2016)
Catherine Voutier (Australia), Chair (2011-2013)
Sari Ormstad (Norway), Chair (2009-2011)
Malene Fabricius Jensen (Denmark), Chair (2007-2009)
Becky Skidmore (Canada), Chair (2005-2007)
Elaine Alligood (United States), Chair (2003-2005)
Susan Bidwell (New Zealand), Chair (2001-2003)
Ione Auston (United States), Chair (1999-2001)

Past Executive Team Members

Catherine Voutier (Australia), 2015-2017
Dagmara Chojecki (Canada), 2015-2017

Join this IG

Involvement in the IGs is open to all HTAi members with current membership, which allows you to join the IG mailing lists to receive notifications about IG activities and opportunities to get more involved in specific working groups and projects.

To join, simply log in to the website and return to this page. A link to join the IG mailing list will appear below.

If you have further questions, please contact interestgroups@htai.org or ig-developingcountries@htai.org.

Questions about the work of this group or its membership should be sent to the Chair, Siw Waffenschmidt, or Chair-Elect, Ingrid Harboe.

Membership

As a member of HTAi, you're become part of an international society of experts and leaders in the HTA field. You can gain access to our Annual Meeting, Policy Forums and Interest Groups, where you can participate in the critical conversations that help inform policy on the use of effective technologies in health assessment.