USAID MTaPS at the 9th HTAsiaLink Virtual Annual Conference
All health systems face the challenge of managing and allocating limited resources. Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is one tool for those making difficult distributional calls. HTA is a means of informing systematic and transparent priority setting processes that uses explicit methods to determine the value of a health technology (read more).
Co-developed by the USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), A Roadmap for Systematic Priority Setting and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a practical guide for policy action in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to successfully implement HTA and paves a road to a journey to sustainable universal health coverage (UHC) and self-reliance.
This workshop provided technical insight and contributed to synthesizing global best practices in an HTA roadmap guidance document, specifically for countries in Asia. Stakeholders from participating countries learned from case studies on best practices, technical frameworks, policy options, and multiple institutional pathways toward systematic priority setting using HTA. Global and in-country experts shed light on pathways for scaling HTA available to LMICs and any policy implications. The workshop also provided a forum for countries at all stages of HTA institutionalization to share lessons learned, challenges, and successes from their journey.
Wija Oortwijn, PhD
President, Health Technology Assessment International(HTAi)
Senior Scientific Researcher, Radboud UMC, and Associate Professor, Leiden University Medical Center
Rabia Kahveci, Prof, MD
Vice President, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi)
Senior Technical Advisor, pharmaceutical policy and governance, USAID SAFEMED
Shankar Prinja, MD, DNB, MSc
Additional Professor of Health Economics, PGIMER School of Public Health, Chandigarh, India
Chris Suharlim, MD, MPH
Health Technology Assessment lead, USAID MTaPS Indonesia
Senior Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Economics and HTA, Management Sciences for Health
Knowledge Management Advisor, USAID MTaPS
HTAsiaLink is a collaborative research network of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies in the Asia-Pacific region established on September 2010. The network started with an aim to strengthen Health Technology Assessment (HTA) research efficiency by sharing HTA information, experiences, and resources within the members. HTAsiaLink also focuses on promoting HTA utilization, developing an efficient methodology for HTA, and encouraging HTA evidences implementation for Universal Health Coverage.
HTAsiaLink Annual Conference is the representative academic event that facilitates the exchange of HTA knowledge and experience among member agencies and identifies the development plan for the network next year, also functions as the capacity building platform that junior researchers from the member agencies present their study and obtain productive comments from international experts and peers. Around 34 agencies from 17 different countries voluntarily join the network with the common objective of HTA competency improvement. This year, HTAsiaLink Annual Conference 2021 will be hosted by Indonesia with virtual implementation.