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Health technology assessment

Health technology assessment (HTA) refers to the the systematic evaluation of properties, effects, and/or impacts of health technology. It is a multidisciplinary process to evaluate the social, economic, organizational and ethical issues of a health intervention or health technology. The main purpose of conducting an assessment is to inform a policy decision making.

Considering the definition of health technology, as the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of medicines, medical devices, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.

Resolutions on Health Technology Assessment

Understanding the importance of Health Intervention and Technology Assessment (HTA) in support of universal health coverage, a resolution (WHA67.23) was approved during the 67th World Health Assembly.

WHO recent HTA events

HTA history in WHO

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Example: Health technology assessment of medical devices

WHO has developed a reference document to provide an introduction to the concept and programme of health technology assessment (HTA) around the world and to highlight the contribution that HTA can make to informed policy and decision-making, particularly in developing and emerging countries. It further aims to describe strategic actions that countries can take for introducing HTA into their health systems.