Health technology assessment

Policy

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.

European cooperation on health technology assessment

HTA is an important part of evidence-based health decision-making in most EU countries. To enhance cooperation between countries, the Commission:

  • has set up a permanent, voluntary HTA network in Europe. The network aims to:
    • facilitate efficient use of HTA resources in Europe
    • create a sustainable system of HTA knowledge sharing
    • promote good practice in HTA methods and processes
  • supports EUnetHTA's "Joint Action 3" on HTA, with funding from the EU health programme: EUnetHTA – European network for health technology assessment