Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is way of assessing the ways science & technology are used in healthcare and disease prevention. It covers medical, social, economic, and ethical issues.
It provides policy-makers with objective information, so they can formulate health policies that are safe, effective, patient-focused and cost-effective.
HTA should be transparent, unbiased, robust and systematic - firmly rooted in research and the scientific method.
Diagnostic and treatment methods, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, rehabilitation & prevention methods, but also organisational and support systems used to deliver healthcare are examples of Health Technologies.